Elevation: 3,560 feet
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).
Contact: Table Rock State Park, (864) 878-9813; www.discoversouthcarolina.com/stateparks
USGS Topo: Eastatoe Gap