Pickens County Highpoint Trip Report

Sassafras Mtn (3,560 ft)

Author: Ron Tagliapietra

From Pickens, drive US 178 north beyond SC 11 almost to the state line. At Rocky Bottom turn right (near the school for blind/deaf). Follow the gravel road five miles to the parking area and walk up the road to the site of the former fire tower. You will pass the Foothills Trail forks toward Table Rock and Caesar's head as you begin your walk from the car. The trail crosses the summit, so follow the blazes westbound to the rock outcrops with the partial view. I first visited 7-1-89 when the tower was still up, and have been back several times since. The gravel road crosses the Foothills Trail at about two miles in Chimneytop Gap. You can park here and hike eastbound if you want more of a climb. The most challenging climb is from Table Rock State Park via Pinnacle Mtn. (second highest in SC).