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With an elevation of 3553 ft, Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in South Carolina, and it also happens to sit on the North Carolina/South Carolina state line too.

From the summit, take a moment to enjoy the view from the updated overlook that was designed and built by Clemson engineering students, or watch a sunrise from the summit. You can either drive straight to the top or take advantage of the Foothills Trail from Chimneytop Gap, Table Rock, or Caesars Head for a more intensive experience.

On the Road: From Hwy. 178: Turn onto F Van Clayton Memorial Highway in Rocky Bottom. If you are coming from SC and see the NC state line, you've gone too far. Continue on this road for 4.75 miles to the summit parking area. Continue on foot past the gate at the end of the road for 500 ft to reach the top. Alternatively, you can park off the road at Chimneytop Gap about 1.35 miles after you turn onto F Van Clayton for a 2.1-mile hike to the top along the Foothills Trail.

From Table Rock State Park: From Pinnacle Mountain Trail, take the Foothills Trail for 9.7 miles to just below the parking area.

From Caesars Head State Park: From the Naturaland Trust Trail, take the Caesars Head Foothills Trail for 14.2 miles to the parking area.

Family Friendly: With drive-up access to the overlook, this gem is easily enjoyed by the whole family.

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Nov 3, 2018
Ryne Hughey
Hiked from Table Rock State Park to Sassafras Mountain. 10.92 miles. This section of the trail was rough. A couple trees down.
Apr 2, 2018
Ben Russell

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