Backpacker Magazine Greenville, SC: Sassafras Mountain 

Tag the two highest peaks in South Carolina on this 17.2-mile out-and-back with overlooks, waterfalls, and a homestead crumbled by weather and time.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 15 Jun 2007 4:47:25 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: South Carolina (SC)
Distance: 8.62 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 5041 ft
Total Loss: 2640 ft
Net Change: 2401 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Greenville, Pickens, South Carolina, State Highpoint, Waterfall Hikes
Rating:   3 rating(s) Rate it

When it comes to Sassafras Mountain, it is indeed all about the journey. The circuitous drive to the so-so peak follows narrow rivers racing down steep, green hills through towns with names like Rocky Bottom and Crow Creek. Stretch out the approach by walking 9.1 miles on the Foothills Trail from Table Rock State Park to the summit. You'll pass 400-foot cliffs, the highest waterfall drop in the East, and the wild Chattooga River (where Deliverance was filmed).

-Mapped by Shannon Davis

TO TRAILHEAD: US 25 BR N to US 276 W. After 6.5 mi., L @ Y onto SC 288. After 10.5 mi., R onto Carrick Creek Rd.; L @ Y onto SC-S-39-25 to Table Rock State Park. Follow loop around to Nature Center and trailhead.

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Tracks

SMT01

Distance: 8.62 mi Points: 824
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Sassafras Mountain Track

Points of Interest

SMT001

Location: 35.032185, -82.700333
From Table Rock State Park Nature Center, head W on Pinnacle Trail; listen for waterfall

SMT002

Location: 35.033501, -82.701736
L @ Y on Pinnacle Mtn. Trail; ahead are crossings over Carrick Creek

SMT003

Location: 35.032585, -82.709282
L @ Y, following yellow blazes up forested mountainside

SMT004

Location: 35.030399, -82.728767
Cross narrow bridge; go L @ Y. Take photos of 25-ft. Mills Creek Falls

SMT005

Location: 35.029083, -82.733917
Bald Rock Overlook: Rest, grab lunch, or shoot a video snippet of Table Rock Mtn. to the NE. Continue NW

SMT006

Location: 35.031883, -82.739098
L @ T onto white-blazed Foothills Trail. Side trip: Drop big pack and go straight for .25 mi. to quickly tag Pinnacle Mtn., second highest point in SC @ 3,425 ft.

SMT007

Location: 35.028851, -82.744598
Rocky overlook with W views over green foothills

SMT008

Location: 35.035133, -82.754036
Trail swings N

SMT009

Location: 35.051483, -82.769135
Camp near old stone farmhouse. Over the years, campers have made elaborate stone furniture out of the crumbling remains. Day 2: Leave gear behind for the 4.4-mi. round-trip to Sassafras Mtn., SC?s highest peak

SMT010

Location: 35.065166, -82.777168
USGS benchmark tags this 3,560-ft. peak (ironically, trees block views here). Return to camp and backtrack to trailhead

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