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highest point in South Carolina, U.S., at 3,560 feet (1,085 metres). It lies in the Blue Ridge (a segment of the Appalachian Mountains) about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Greenville, in Pickens county, on the North Carolina border. Among the streams rising on its flanks is the South Branch Saluda River, one of the two main source streams of the Saluda River. Its name is attributed to the abundant growth of sassafras trees along the lower slopes.