Towering over three thousand five hundred feet, Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in the state of South Carolina. The natural border between North and South Carolina. Many folks believe that the name Sassafras comes from the abundance of Sassafras trees at the mountains foothills and slopes— a fact that rings true to the area.
Sassafras is like no other place in the southeast. It’s what geologists call a tri-point. Which means the peak of the mountain is the dividing point for three different watersheds. The continental divide also runs at the peak of Sassafras. When rain falls on Sassafras, depending on which side of the mountain the rain falls, the water could either end up at Charleston Harbor or New Orleans, Louisiana.
Today, the views of the landscape can best seen looking from its observation deck at the summit. Constructed in 2019, the deck provides an impressive fifty-mile view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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