Sassafrass Mountain to NC 178 is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sunset, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,043 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

This a great little slice of the FHT that is capable for most all ages. The hike gives you the feel of deep woods due to the incredible terrain. The trail has only one real tricky area for small kids but other than that it is a great stroll through beautifully ravined country. There is a great boulder filed with a natural shelter if it rains.

5 months ago

start your hike at Chimney top gap for a decent uphill hike to get to the summit overlook. Most sites have the trailhead starting at the summit.

10 months ago

Tough hike but fun and challenging. Not much to see along the way but great to see the view at the top of Sassafras Mtn. Did this hike in mid September.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We did this hike on a Sunday and saw only 2 people on the trail until we got to the top of Sassafras Mtn. Starting at Foothills Trail parking lot off Hwy 178 near Rocky Bottom, we went to Sassafras (via Chimney Top Gap) and back down in about 5 hours. The trailhead is just across the street near the bridge. A total of just over 9 miles. We had lunch at the top of the mountain and took some great photos. This is a challenging trail, but a fun hike. We had hoped to start at Sassafras and go to Table Rock, but Hurricane Irma got her way and messed up some of the trails so, which were closed and we did not get to hike over. Next time!

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

We hiked from laurel valley to the top of Sassafras Mountain. It's 4.7 miles with a pretty consistent incline the whole way. It was very well maintained and a great hike! We definitely got a good workout!

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Great trail and well maintained.

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