Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain Offers Breathtaking Views

We’ve been to Sawnee Mountain many times to play at the treehouse and walk the fairy garden, but we’ve never done the Indian Seats hike…until recently! It was time to hike to the summit! According to the map, the Indian Seats Trail is 3.5 -4 miles round trip.  We were intent on getting to the top, spending time there and then powering down…so we used the Yucca Trail to shortcut the long path and make it more feasible for the kiddos. This shortcut bypasses the treehouse and fairy garden, so be sure to come back for those on a different day.

Indian Seats at Sawnee - ideas from 365 Atlanta Family

Pick a clear day to hike this trail.  The views are amazing…some of the best Atlanta offers. If you have young kids, you’ll want to watch them closely at the top, but don’t let your fear of heights stop you from reclining in the Indian Seats! This vantage is at 1680 ft elevation.

Just a side note, I am a pretty laid back and easy going mama, but I could not have gotten these photos with my kids (especially the youngest) had I hiked alone. There is a friend in the background here, who is just within arms reach. If your kids are younger than, say, 4 or 5, don’t avoid hiking here, just recognize that you might not be able to safely get the photos you want without a friend to help out.

With older kids who will appreciate it, take time to look up some history about the area (see Wikipedia below) so they can fully appreciate the experience. Bring lunch or snacks, and stay a while. You’ll appreciate the reactions of people coming over the hill, seeing the view for the first time.

From Wikipedia: It is believed that Native Americans may have used a natural clearing atop the mountain called the Indian Seats for ceremonial purposes.[5] As white settlers migrated to the area, now known as Cumming, a localCherokee named Sawnee helped them adjust to the native land. As a well skilled carpenter and farmer he was known throughout the land, and the range was named in his honor. In 1829 gold was discovered in Georgia in Auraria at the site of America’s first gold rush. There are also mines in the ridges of Sawnee which is downstream the Chattahoochee from the major strike.[6]

Don’t miss our post with more “destination hikes,” featuring the best views and waterfalls in the area.

 

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Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

2 Comments on "Indian Seats Trail at Sawnee Mountain Offers Breathtaking Views"

  1. There is also a great playground on the other side.

    Here’s a post about it: http://www.cumminglocal.com/new-trails-at-sawnee-mountain-preserve/

    Forsyth County is also home to over 20 great parks and playgrounds. Here’s more info on them: http://www.cumminglocal.com/parks-recreation/

  2. Great blog dear. Nice photos as well.

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