Sassafras Mountain, SC (3,560') October 4, 2019.
Directions: Route 178 (from I-85) to the town of Rocky Bottom to Road 199 (or F. Van Clayton Highway). Drive 5 miles up hill, park and follow a small path the rest of the way. (This highpoint was much easier to find than anticipated.)
Visited Sassafras Mountain for the second time, this time with my friend Sandy.
The transformation of this highpoint is remarkable - see my first report of 2009 to truly understand how far it has come.
The broken sign has been replaced.
|Nice new sign.|
The wide path up is concrete, with a less steep path that is considered handicap access but it's gravel and I can't imagine a wheelchair using it.
|Wide path up - I'd think wheelchairs would fare better here.|
As we rounded the corner we were greeted with a black line, indicating the border of South and North Carolinas, which led to the overlook.
The black line halves the overlook structure.
|Very nice overlook.|
|Top of the overlook with the black border.|
Most impressive to me was the transformation of the cell tower area. Below was what we found in '09. Note the small block center of the photo next to the resting cell tower. That's the USGS marker.
Today, that USGS marker is still there, as is the small building on the right. Everything else has changed.....
|Same view in 2019.|
In 2010 the land was transferred and is under the care of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Thanks to Duke Energy, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Pickens County, the Felburn Foundation, the SC Heritage Trust and private donors, this highpoint received the honor it deserves.
|Randy works for DNR as steward here - and snake catcher!|