Clemson University students have finished building a new overlook on South Carolina’s tallest mountain.
A team of graduate students in architecture and landscape architecture recently designed, constructed, and installed a new overlook at Sassafras Mountain in northern Pickens County.
The students said their effort was to provide a universally-designed viewing platform accessible to all who visit the highest point in the state, Pickens County and the Foothills Trail.
The platform was built entirely on the campus of Clemson The project components were then transported to the job site by the design team with help from the state Department of Natural Resources.
“The concept hinged on an idea that used a primary wood structure with a light, sky-blue-painted steel railing designed to leave visitors feeling as if they are floating over a wonderful rock out-cropping while remaining safely contained by the railing, which disappears into the expanding horizon,” said Dan Harding, an associate professor of architecture and director of Clemson’s Community Research and Design Center.
The team says work is still ongoing to improve access to the overlook.
A fundraising campaign to build an observation tower on the top of the mountain is currently underway. The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, a non-profit organization that has raised millions for conservation in South Carolina, recently kick-started the Sassafras Mountain observation tower fund-raising effort with a contribution of $25,000.
Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report