An observation tower on SC’s highest point is now open to the public

PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The highest point in South Carolina now has its own observation tower.

Source: SDNR

According to a press release from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the long-awaited observation tower on Sassafras Mountain opened to the public on Monday, coinciding with Earth Day.

The Sassafras Tower has a natural stone appearance and sits on the South Carolina/North Carolina line, the release states. A compass rose etched into it shows the state line as it runs through the structure.

According to the release, the tower sits 11 feet above the mountain’s highest point, and the top of the tower is 44 feet in diameter.

A mobility-impaired trail and ramp, along with a paved road that travels to the top, allows access for people of all abilities, and bathrooms are in place beside the parking lot. On a clear day from the top of the tower, a visitor can see 30 to 50 miles into the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Sassafras Mountain is 3,553 feet above sea level. To reach the tower in northern Pickens County: from the town of Pickens, go 15.8 miles north on U.S. 178 to Rocky Bottom. Turn right on F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway and go 4.7 miles to the end of the road. The gravel parking area is on the left.