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Hiking South Carolina
by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)
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I hiked from the Nature Center in Table Rock state park to the summit of Sassafras and back. For a round trip milage of around 19-19.5 miles I found this a good training hike with nearly 7500ft of elevation change over the hike (assuming you do Pinnacle). The actual summit of Sassafras is truely a joke you can actually drive your car to the marker. If it was not the highest point in the state I doubt there would be a trail to it. This time of year did make for very comfortable hiking conditions and very few people on the trail. Bald rock was probably the highlight of the trip with amazing views to the south. Worth noting is the time the park closes on this day it was at 7pm so I had to stop by the ranger lodge to have them let me out of the gate, which clearly irritated them.
This segment of the Foothills is pretty grueling, and not much reward at the top as far as view is concerned, but a super feeling of accomplishment once you get there. Great for people who already have hiking experience. It might be a little overwhelming to new hikers though. Have fun!
My brother and I hiked this section in June when the temperatures soared close to 100. The hike up to the summit of Sassafras is pretty strenuous, but worth it. In the summer, there are no views but in the winter you can probably see the surrounding area. It was quiet and peaceful.
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