Sassafras Mountain - Highest Point in SC

Directions to Sassafras Mountain:

From Pickens, SC: Go 15.8 miles north on US 178 to Rocky Bottom.  Turn right on F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway and go 4.7 miles to the end.  The gravel parking area is on the left. We are proud to say that Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina is located in Pickens County.

Plans are currently progressing to develop this highest point in South Carolina into a very welcoming site for visitors to enjoy. Showcasing the picturesque view of four states, the continental divide, breath-taking unspoiled scenery and surrounding nature at its best.  The plans for this viewing plaza at the top of Sassafras Mountain includes a Picnic Shelter, several Viewing Platforms, a Central Viewing Tower, multiple trails including a section of the  Foothills Trail, Educational Signage, and Restrooms.

Today, the summit is open to the public without restriction (other than having to walk 100 yards up a paved trail.) Four states can be viewed from here: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. It straddles the North Carolina border. While the peak is a drive up, if you choose to walk, you could find yourself on one of the most rugged trails in the Eastern United States. Sassafras Mountain is 3553 feet high and is the highest point in South Carolina.


1399 F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway
Sunset, SC 29685
(864) 654-1671
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