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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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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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