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SC's highest peak now more accessible

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It's easier to get to the highest point in South Carolina and it's easier to see the area from the top.

The State newspaper reported that the Natural Resources Department has trimmed some trees and put up a viewing stand near the top of Sassafras Mountain in Pickens County.

The overlook allows views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North and South Carolina, as well as lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell.

Sassafras Mountain straddles the state border with North Carolina off U.S. 178 near Rocky Bottom.

The agency plans a number of improvements at the 3,560-foot mountain. They hope to build a second, more extensive platform at the top of the mountain that would provide a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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