May/June 2017The Crest of Carolina: A photo essayPhotos by Joey Frazier, Maria LaRocca and Cindy Thompson

Standing on top of Sassafras Mountain, 3,553 feet above sea level, there is an unobstructed view of rolling ridges and forestlands that stretch as far as the eye can see. Scenic highways, pathways and trails meander through these lands, offering a glimpse into tranquil yet bustling ecosystems that scientists, historians and naturalists have studied and chronicled for decades.

Sassafras Mountain
Foothills Trail
A View of Jumping Off Rock
Oconee Bell
Meet the Team
South Carolina's mountains


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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Public Information Director Greg Lucas talks about the discovery of peregrine falcons near Jumping-off Rock in the upstate of South Carolina.