There will be plenty of opportunities for an outdoor adventure with many states opening up again. After being cooped up in the house for over a month, getting some fresh air might not be that bad of an idea. With all the things to do in South Carolina, visiting the highest point in the state is one spot visitors should explore — while staying six feet apart of course. 

Sassafras Mountain in Sunset, South Carolina, is the absolute highest point in the entire state, with the peak being at 3,533 feet, according to the Summit Post. It's about an 8.5-mile round trip, and visitors can climb the mountain all year-round.

This spot is located in the northwestern part of the state, right near the North Carolina border. It's also located in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, which is what more people are familiar with. Though the Sassafras Mountain is a great alternative for those looking for a change in scenery.

Depending on how adventurous they're feeling that day, visitors can either drive or hike up to the top of the mountain. Either way, it's pretty easy to get to and not too strenuous. 

There's a parking lot along Sassafras Mountain Road that's located by an overlook so visitors can see the summit without having to hike. This isn't at the very top of the mountain, but it's still visible from that viewpoint. 

Going along the Foothills Trail, according to Outdoor Project, is the usual hiking route. The hike is around four miles each way, and hikers will cross through Chimneytop Trail and Chimneytop Gap.

Once hikers get to the top, they'll be surrounded by 6,000 feet of picturesque mountains, which happens to be a popular spot for engagements and photo ops. 

Visitors don't need any type of permit to access the parking lot or trail. It's completely free to hike and explore. 

Sassafras Mountain 

Price: Free

Address: 1399 F. Van Clayton Memorial Hwy., Sunset, SC

Why You Need To Go: This is the highest point in South Carolina, and visitors can either hike or drive to the top of the summit.  


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