It requires a sense of humor to think of Sugarloaf Mountain as a true “mountain,” as compared to the scale of mountains in the Blue Ridge region of South Carolina, where elevations may reach 3,500 feet above sea level. In the context of the Sandhills landform, this “mountain” of only a few hundred feet is truly unique, its summit rising above slight rolling hills of the surrounding landscape.
Sugarloaf Mountain is a bulge of sandstone that has eroded at a slower rate than the loose sand that once covered its dome. Sandstone in the area is the product of loose sand, cemented together, or lithified, by iron oxide that washed down from the Blue Ridge and Piedmont over millions of years. In this video, Dr. Edinger demonstrates the process by which Sugarloaf Mountain was created.