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Dec. 17, 2012

Brick at base of Sassafras Mountain observation tower would make unique Christmas gift

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift that means something? Give a loved one an engraved brick at the base of a planned observation tower atop Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina!

To purchase a brick or for more information on the brick pavers atop Sassafras Mountain, visit the DNR website.

South Carolinians have a unique opportunity to place their name or the name of a loved one on a brick paver atop Sassafras while also helping raise funds for the observation tower. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Fund, Pickens County, Clemson University and other partners are working together to generate private donations to construct an observation tower on top of South Carolina’s highest mountain peak, Sassafras Mountain, that will enable visitors to see more than 50 miles in all directions.

Bricks may be designated in honor or memory of a child, friend, or loved one. This is an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for special recognition on the highest point in South Carolina. Act NOW to take advantage of this opportunity to “make your mark” atop Sassafras Mountain.

There are three brick choices atop Sassafras: 1) $100 - 4 x 8 inch brick; three lines with 23 characters per line (including spaces); 2) $500 - 8 x 8 inch brick; up to six lines with 23 characters per line (including spaces); and 3) $1,000 - 16 x 16 inch brick; up to six lines with 23 characters per line (including spaces) Bricks will be permanently set in the foundation around the observation tower.

For those who want to make a contribution to the observation tower, but do not wish to buy a brick, a Sassafras Contribution button is also on the website, where donations of any amount can be made.

“The beauty of Sassafras Mountain is a part of every South Carolinians’ heritage, and we want everyone to have a chance to help build this observation tower, from schoolchildren to business executives,” said Alvin A. Taylor, director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In addition to being the highest point in South Carolina at 3,553 feet, Sassafras Mountain also sits on the state line with North Carolina, is along the Continental Divide, and is one of the important features of the Foothills Trail (www.foothillstrail.org), a 77-mile footpath between Table Rock and Oconee state parks. Other amenities would feature new trails, including a barrier-free section, and public-use facilities such as restrooms.

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