Article for January - February 2014
Make Your Mark on Sassafras
by Dennis Chastain
Folks who ventured to climb the old fire tower that once stood on the peak of Sassafras Mountain use words like "magnificent," "compelling" and "awe-inspiring" to describe the view of the mountain landscape that spans across four states. If fundraising efforts to build a new observation tower are successful, that experience will soon be available for all to enjoy.
The proposed tower will straddle the state line between North and South Carolina, which is also the Eastern Continental Divide, as well as a segment of the Tennessee Valley Divide, the expansive watershed for the Tennessee River.
South Carolinians can support the fundraising effort for the tower by purchasing memorial brick pavers engraved with the donor’s name that will become a permanent part of the tower complex. Visit www.dnr.sc.gov/sassafrasmountain.html or call (864) 654-1671 for more information about purchasing pavers and other avenues for supporting the tower project.
Dennis Chastain is a freelance writer and outdoorsman living in Pickens County.
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