December 23, 1999
My father went with me, him having already visited the summit of Sassafras Mountain in the past. Although I grew up in the same county, I had never been to the summit before. The drive to the summit from Clemson took about an hour, a very simple drive through Six Mile and then Pickens. The turn-off to the summit doesn't strike you as an obvious place to turn as you don't feel like you're far enough up in elevation. The turn-off is at a camp for the blind. The road from here to the summit is around 5 miles and adds the necessary elevation.
Near the summit is a flat, gravel parking lot, with a sign indicating this is the property of Duke Power Company and an access point for the Foothills Trail. The summit is just a little further up a dirt road beyond the parking lot, a simple two-minute walk.
The summit is marked by a benchmark and a survey marker post. The benchmark isn't at the obvious highpoint and the summit is somewhat flat. But because the stateline with North Carolina cuts across the summit, it's hard to know which small mound is the actual highpoint of South Carolina. I stand on them all just to be sure. A decent view into the North Carolina mountains is visible along the northwestern edge of the summit. While I scouted out the summit, my father played with his GPS receiver, finding it hard to get an accurate reading from the satellites.
South Carolina completed, it's time to go do Georgia.