Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sassafras Mountain - Highest Point in S.C.

View from observation deck at Sassafras Mountain
Conservation is the name of the game in South Carolina whether in the coastal plain or in the scenic foothills. Pickens County is home to a wedge of the Appalachian chain and the peak of Sassafras Mountain marks the state line with North Carolina. Of course the mountains of Western N.C. and Eastern Tenn. are much more extensive and offers a home to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Elevation 3553 !! Click for Video Report.
Did you know that there is an observation platform already in place at Sassafras Mountain and that plans are in place to build a multi-level observation platform on the peak when fundraising can be completed. Phase One of the plan has been executed, removing many of the trees and other woody vegetation at the top to increase the viewing potential. To read more about the plan click SCDNR.

And what a view it is, with panoramic vistas looking back towards Jocassee Gorges in S.C., and across a wider range of mountains into N.C. it lies among the 77-mile long Foothills Trail. The terrain is steep in this area, and even driving to Sassafrass can be challenging, but it's worth the trip. This area should provide a lot of enjoyment for the public, especially when it is the fall leaf viewing season.

To view past blog entries with mountain vista photos click here.
I parked my Toyota Avalon hybrid very near the Over Look

Artist's Representation of Tower

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