I am at the tail end of my 100 mile challenge and Marie came up with the idea that we should change things up and go for a hike after work. The days are longer so why not take advantage? Sawnee Mountain Preserve is only about 40 minutes from work and about a 5.5 mile hike round trip. We took our time going up. There is a fairy trail at the start that kept our focus from the threat of rain that loomed over us with the cracks of thunder that we kept hearing. The last time I hiked this the fairy trial was very small, however now it is teeming with fairy houses.
We found the coolest mushrooms and flowers along the way. Who knew palm plants grew on mountains?
We kept an eye out for this guy...
But instead we found this guy...
Looks like she was making a nest to lay her eggs. She was almost all the way to the top of the mountain. Weird for a turtle.
We found the 2 entrances to abandoned mines. I was hoping to see some bats fly out at dusk but no dice.
Finally made it to the seats. The Native American lookouts carved seats into the rocks, hence the name Indian Seats. We sat and watched storms off into the distance. We saw the start of a rainbow but it was too faint to try to capture.
Sawnee Mountain is in Cumming, GA. There are 2 entrances to the park. If you park at the visitor center you will find the fairy trail and the long way to the top. There is another entrance that cuts off 2 miles if you just want to head to the top and back fairy quickly. I love this hike because it is the closest to home with little traffic and it is completely free.
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