Sawnee Mountain Preserve Trails
Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
5.3
Length
hike difficulty
2.8
Duration 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain 490 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Parking Fee None
Blaze None
Nearby City Cumming, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.245439, -84.139137

Hiking to sweeping views to the north, the trails at Sawnee Mountain Preserve don’t actually climb the namesake mountain, but rather travel the neighboring mountain. The park has trails for all skill levels, from the quarter mile Eaglet Trail to a 2.8 combination loop of the Indian Seats Trail and the Laurel Trail. Besides hiking, the park offers tree climbing, rock climbing, rappelling, birding, and other activities, making this an excellent family outing. Just don’t bring the family pet; dogs are not allowed in the park.



The trail can be accessed from either the main entrance and visitor’s center area, or the parking area on Bettis Tribble Gap road. This description is starting from the latter. There is a large parking area, clean restrooms, playground, and plenty of picnic areas to enjoy. Walk past these to begin on the Indian Seats Trail.



The trail, for the most part, is wide and well maintained. If heading counter-clockwise, the trail quickly begins to gain the majority of its elevation, making its steepest ascent to the Indian Seats and an observation deck at the top. The Indian Seats consist of three depressions in the rock along the overlook that resemble seats, used by the Cherokee for ceremonial purposes. To the right is an observation deck. This is the highest point along the trail.



From here, the trail makes a long descent down the other side toward the visitor’s center. Continue to follow the Laurel Trail, first along the upper Laurel Trail and then to the Lower Laurel Trail which returns to the parking area. The trail is well marked, making navigation easy. This path combines the two trails to make the outer loop. Combining other trails can make for a longer or shorter walk.

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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.245439, -84.139137 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°14.73, W 84°8.35 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°14'44'', W 84°8'21'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Forsyth County Parks and Recreation
4075 Spot Road, Cumming, GA 30040
770-781-2217



Cautions & Warnings
The trails have recently been rerouted and renamed, so this description is not accurate; however, the changes are minimal and the trails are still easily followed with markers along the way.



Other Information
The park is open from 8AM until dark.
Dogs are not allowed in the park.