Monday Morning at Sawnee Mountain - Mon, Mar 22 2021

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Monday Morning at Sawnee Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cumming, GA   Hike: Monday Morning at Sawnee Mountain   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Mar 22 2021  10:00 am >> Mon, Mar 22 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 18 2021 3:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 22 2021 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
Memphis Russ
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Located just 40 miles north of Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia, Sawnee Mountain Preserve provides visitors with 963 acres of scenic passive space, hiking trails and an interactive Visitor Center. The Visitor Center serves as the administrative home for the Outdoor Division of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation. We will be meeting at the Spot Road entrance.

We will meet in the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Spot Road parking lot. Look for the bronze Native American statue out front.  From the visitor's center, we'll take the Laurel Trail down to the south mine shaft. We'll pause for a minute (restrooms are available and close if you really need one). Then we'll hit the Indian Seats trail for a short time to connect to the Yucca Trail which takes us to the second mine shaft. We'll take the entire Yucca trail (short) to the east and then head north on the Indian Seats trail which will take us to the Obervation Deck and the famous Indian Seats. Lots of photo ops here. After a few minutes, we'll continue down the Indian Seats trail which meets back up with the Laurel trail taking us back to our cars. Total hike should be about 4.5 miles.

Dogs are not allowed at this park.

We are meeting at the Spot Road location: Do not go to the Bettis Tribble Gap location.
SMP Visitor Center
4075 Spot Road
Cumming GA 30040

Trail Map - x11_lighterhillshade.pdf

Required Items to Bring:


Enough water or Gatorade
Good hiking shoes - will get muddy if it has recently rained

The AOC is following CDC guidelines.  Please bring a mask to use when social distancing on the trail isn't possible.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Rain gear (just in case)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

There are two parking areas - Spot Rd and Bettis-Tribble Gap Rd. We are meeting at the Spot Road location:

SMP Visitor Center
4075 Spot Road
Cumming GA 30040

Coordinates:  34.25484, -84.138608

Take GA-400 North

Take EXIT 17 towards Gainsville

Turn LEFT onto GA-306 West & go 0.5 miles

Turn RIGHT onto State Barn Road & go 0.6 miles

Turn RIGHT onto GA-9 North & go 0.4 miles

Turn LEFT onto Spot Road & go 2.0 miles

Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center will be on your left



Sorry, no dogs are allowed at this park.

Trail map: loop?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map&ref=sidebar-view-full- map

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Will send an email to the group if the weather looks miserable (i.e. thunderstorms).