• Observation tower opens at South Carolina's highest point

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    SASSAFRAS MOUNTAIN, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest point now has a $1 million observation tower.

    The state Department of Natural Resources opened an observation tower Monday that has been nearly a decade in the making on top of Sassafras Mountain in Pickens County.

    The tower is the final part of a project to improve access and the view on the mountain, which officials say was on a bad road with limited parking and poor visibility because of trees.

    The tower runs along the South Carolina-North Carolina state line. On a clear day, visitors can see up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) into Georgia.

    Sassafras Mountain peaks at 3,553 feet (1,083 meters) above sea level.

    The $1 million to build the tower came from corporate and private donations, Pickens County and conservation trust funds.

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