Explore the most popular forest trails in Sawnee Mountain Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The best quick hike for the view there is.

A local treasure!

This was a fun trail. Not super crowded. Not too difficult. Well worth the view.

beautiful views

Fair hike for a great view. Well worth it!

Easy and great for kids. A little crowded. View are nice, but overlooking a road and chicken farm:(

Local favorite. Great workout with rewarding views!

Excellent trail! View at the top of the mountain is beautiful! Easy for all ages. And will definitely get your heart rate up.

Took my 2.5 year old and my 6 year old with us. It was a good hike for all four of us. Some elevation... the back half of the trail was wider and more flat. Overall a great day for us all!

Nice super easy hike!

Love this place, easy trail and an amazing view if you make it all the way to the top!

Definitely beautiful views if you have good visibility that day. Free parking with lots of available spots. Lots of room when you get to the top. Not a hard trail at all, I would classify this as easy instead of moderate. This would be a great running trail.

Not difficult at all. We had a hiker for whom this was her first hike ever. She found this to be easy

Great view close to town

The Indian Seats Trail is 3.2 miles and has nice views with food incline. I usually hike the three Hilltop, Mountainside, Ridgeline Trail Loop which is another 5 miles. Both together would make it a little over 8 miles. If your really trying to put in miles you can hike both loops twice and maybe on the second go around you can do it the other way for a different look. That would be almost 16.5 miles in that case.

I like this set of trails it feels like one trail when you do all three. It's a good 5 miles with some good incline and I always add the Indian Seats Trail for another 3.2 miles making it a little over 8 miles. If your really trying to put in miles you can hike both loops twice and maybe on the second go around you can do it the other way for a different look. That would be almost 16.5 miles in that case.

Love it

I hate how dogs aren’t allowed here, that’s the only thing I don’t like, because I take my dogs hiking everywhere! Other than that, it’s very beautiful, and not a very long hike either.

My wife and I did this trail a few weeks ago. The trail is nice, moderately strenuous, and well maintained. We did hit a couple of spots where some markers would have been helpful; markers are lacking here. The view from the top is great, worth the effort! No dogs allowed.

Great hike. Took us an 1 hr. and 45 min. with a stop at the top. Slow going on the one side of the trail because of a lot of mud. Hiking shoes needed a bit of hosing off!

hiking
4 months ago

Went here many times. Excellent trail for beginners, with great views at the top

On the easy side of moderate. Cold and windy when we were there. Lots of people on the trail.

Great overlook.

pleasant hike, fairly busy

Not much scenery on the trails. It’s just a walk in the woods. I was perfectly fine with that. If I were looking for a view, I would have hit up Stone Mountain for a close by route. These trails are more of what I am looking for, a decent place to train and condition for backpacking.

Hilltop Trail is where I started 1.4 miles. Pretty easily traveled. I then caught the Mountainside Trail around until I noticed the Ridgeline Trail. When I started onto Ridgeline, I noticed what seemed like a trail going up the actual ridge. About half way up, I lost sight of any sign of a trail. A runner then came up and mentioned that their is an actual side trail to the top of Sawnee Mountain off the Ridgeline. I continued to the top after a snack break. Not marked very well, no blaze markers at all from what I noticed. The trail is also covered in leaves this time of year. I then traveled back down where I went up to catch the Ridgeline Trail to the parking lot. All together I was just over 5 miles at this point.

Then decided to track back up the Ridgeline Trail to the Mountainside Loop Trail. You miss .5 of the loop by taking the Ridgeline Trail. I then took the Hilltop Trail back to where I started.

Lots of runners on the trails. They are fairly wide. Like if as it were a road for ATV’s. Simple to hike other than the loose rocks in places.

I find these trails moderately easy.

Although these are decent trails, they weren’t enough for me. I had almost do them twice to get close to the conditioning and training I am looking for close to home. I will keep these and the Indian Seats in mind. They are doing a great job at Sawnee Mountain.

All together, I put in about 8.9 miles in about 2 and 1/2 hours.

-Stilts

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely love this! Able to take the longer trail if you’d like or the quick trail for an after work Sunset. Amazing views!

Awesome local trail!

Views are beautiful!

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