About the Preserve
Located just 40 miles north of Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia, Sawnee Mountain Preserve provides visitors with 821 acres of scenic passive space that includes 11 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and an interactive Visitor Center.
Sawnee Mountain Preserve visibly links to the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, as well as the rich history of the woodland culture of North Georgia’s Native American inhabitants. The mountain is named after a local Cherokee Native American, Sawnee. Now, after having survived the passage of time, natural disasters, searches for gold, timber clearing, and urban development, the land has been preserved.
There is much to see and do at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. A popular destination is the Indian Seats, a natural rock formation at the top of the trail system, offering a beautiful setting to enjoy views of the North Georgia Mountains.
Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers 11 miles of wooded trails for walkers, runners and hikers to explore the mountain. Trail options range from easy to difficult. Visitors can wander past abandoned gold mines and venture up the mountain on the Indian Seats Trail to enjoy long range views of the of Blue Ridge Mountains. Interpretive signs are located along the trail for visitors to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.
Important Trail Information:
Dogs are not permitted at the preserve.
Trail Access Points:
4075 Spot Road
2500 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road
2505 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road
November to February - 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
March to October - 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sawnee Mountain Preserve Trail System Map