Observation tower opens at SC’s highest point

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PICKENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — One of the Palmetto State’s finest views is officially open.

The observation tower on Sassafras Mountain was dedicated Monday.

At more than 3,500 feet, the tower is atop the highest point in South Carolina with views of three states and the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Talk of building the tower began in fall of 2010. Construction on the $1.1 million project started November 2017.

The state Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) says visitors can see views 30 to 50 miles away on clear days.

The tower has a paved road leading to the top, mobility-impaired trail and ramp, and restrooms in the parking lot. 

“The highest point in the state is a geographical landmark that every South Carolinian, young and old, should have the opportunity to see and enjoy,” SCDNR Director Alvin Taylor said in a statement. “We hope that the observation tower will be a place where residents and visitors can go to marvel at the view of three states and the Blue Ridge Mountains and to appreciate what a beautiful and diverse place South Carolina truly is.”

Sassafras Mountain is about 20 miles north of Pickens. The Foothills Trail is there, and the Palmetto Trail also flanks the mountain. 

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