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New trail climbs Sassafras Mountain

A new 2-mile hiking trail is now open in Headwaters State Forest in North Carolina, crossing the state line to end at an observation platform atop Sassafras Mountain — South Carolina’s highest point. 

The Conservation Fund has played a key role in protecting 40,000 acres of adjacent land, including the 33,000-acre Jocassee Gorges Management Area and the 6,700-acre Headwaters State Forest. Symbolizing the importance of conservation across state lines, it donated 5 acres of land in North Carolina to the state of South Carolina so that it could build the major observation platform that straddles the state line at the top of Sassafras Mountain. 

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