Locations are approximate
Current Pickens county road map.
|Miles||11.6 (round trip)|
|Road Surface||Paved Roads
(except for short distance on gravel road at parking lot)
|More Detailed (Better) Maps||Good County Road Map:
Pickens County SC
Good State Atlas: Delorme SC Atlas and Gazetteer
|Rider Skill||Definitely not a family ride unless older children in good shape to endure multiple hills and are road savvy.|
|Start (1800')||Park at Laurel Valley Trail Access Parking lot.
Follow gravel road back to US 178. There is typically a porta-potty
located at this parking lot.
( Approximate GPS Coordinates 35º02'56.78"N 82º48'49.61"W )
|0.2||Right (south) on US 178.|
|1.0 (1750')||Left on F. Van Clayton Highway in the Rocky Bottom community.|
|2.4 (2400')||Chimneytop Gap where Foothills Hiking Trail crosses.|
|4.0 (2800')||Bear right at fork. (Left goes downhill across state line into North Carolina and a maze of mountain roads. Don't go left unless you like getting lost.) After here the road straddles the state line along the northwest shoulder of Sassafras Mtn.|
|5.8 (3500)||Gravel parking lot on left at gate. Beyond gate is summit. Just beyond summit high point is a short foot trail that leads to a limited view.|
|11.6||Return to starting point.|