Sassafras Mountain

June 23, 2016 | Austin Canfield
Last updated on August 3, 2016

Sassafras Mountain, in addition to being the highest point in South Carolina at 3,553 feet, sits on the border of South Carolina and North Carolina and is also on the Eastern Continental Divide. It is the separation point for three distinct watersheds—two of these watersheds drain into the Atlantic Ocean and another travels to the Gulf of Mexico. The 77-mile Foothills Trail passes over the top of Sassafras on its journey between Table Rock and Oconee state parks.

Parking is available at the end of F Van Clayton Memorial Hwy (accessed via US 178 in Rocky Bottom). A scenic overlook platform is available at the parking area, featuring views of North Carolina and Tennessee on clear days. Take a short walk up to the top of the mountain and you will find a large clearing with 360-degree views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

GPS Coordinates
Parking Area: 35.064493, -82.776386

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