|Distance||0.4 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||Hilly, 80 feet of elevation gain|
- Low effort for great views
- Straddling the North Carolina-South Carolina border
On the border of North and South Carolina in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains is Sassafras Mountain, the highest place in South Carolina. Much like many of the other state highpoints in the South (for example Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina), you can drive almost all the way to the top, requiring a only short uphill walk to the summit on a paved path. Though the mountain at 3553 feet above sea level is thousands of feet shorter than other Blue Ridge peaks, the summit still offers a commanding view of the Appalachians on a clear day.
From the parking lot, follow either the steep concrete path or the more gradual gravel trail designated as wheelchair accessible. No matter which way you go, it's a quick trip to the summit. At the top, you'll see the nearly brand-new concrete observation platform pictured below which opened in 2019.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This short trail is great for anyone of any age or ability. In addition to the paved path, there is also a designated wheelchair accessible gravel path to the summit. You can visit in any season, though be careful of icy roads in the winter. Expect to see people no matter when you visit.
Sassafras Mountain is located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border between Greenville and Asheville. Use the link below to navigate the rural highways. No matter where you're coming from, you will end up on U.S. Highway 178 and turn onto Sassafras Mountain Road/F Van Clayton Memorial Highway in Rocky Bottom. This road winds all the way to the parking lot near the summit.
Google Maps Directions
Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are pit toilets near the lot.
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