“A moderate trail with plenty of amazing views to reward you for your effort! It is especially stunning in the fall.”
— Heather Pruner
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The Indian Seats Loop of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve is a moderate, breathtaking run to an overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A side trail at the highest point in the trail leads off to a wooden observation deck, plenty of rocky outcrops with their own picturesque views, and many trees to choose from for hammocking.
There are not many trip hazards at the start, but beware of the many rocks where you could twist an ankle on at the top.
If you’re looking for a four-mile, moderate workout, begin at the visitor center and run the loop clockwise. Or for a milder way to the top, take it counterclockwise. On the way up, peer past barred tunnels into old abandoned gold mines. The loop is four miles long with two parking lots to choose from and a few well-marked connector trails which allow you to customize your run to the length and section that is right for your group.
The path is very well maintained and a great run. The loop is well marked, and if you aren’t in the mood for the full four miles, take any of the connector trails to make it a bit shorter. The shortest possible way to get the view is by parking in the southern parking lot (not the visitor center’s lot), and take the trail counter-clockwise right up to the top. I recommend using the Yucca Trail - Yellow Blazes
to make a small loop for yourself back to the parking lot.
Sawnee Mountain Preserve’s Indian Seats Trail
is a breathtaking loop absolutely worth the visit. Be sure to stop by before the fall leaves are gone and bring the whole family in the fall to capture your holiday card photo with a backdrop of 20-miles of changing leaves between you and the North Georgia Mountains in the distance.
History & Background
At one time, the entire mountain was clear cut during mining operations. Go to the nature center on Spot Road for more info. Also, there is a sign at the top of the mountain describing its role in the Trail of Tears.