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Sugarloaf Mountain Vegetation

Sugarloaf Mountain has a history of manmade erosion caused by the wear and tear of motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Preservation efforts in the late 1970s helped retain and rejuvenate the natural character of the mountain for future generations, while providing hikers easier access to its summit. Today, vegetation on Sugarloaf Mountain has made a comeback, and provides a unique teaching tool for demonstrating the effects of altitude on ecosystems. Mountain laurel and Virginia pine, more common to cooler climates of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge of South Carolina, stand in contrast to surrounding longleaf pine forests common to the Sandhills landform.

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