Sugarloaf Mountain (South Carolina)

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Sugarloaf Mountain near Patrick,(Chesterfield County, South Carolina), known locally as "The Mountain", is an unusual geological phenomenon towering a hundred feet above the surrounding terrain.[1]"

Sugarloaf Mountain SC
The View from the Top.jpg
Sugarloaf Mountain SC
Highest point
Elevation513 ft (156 m)
Prominence100+ ft
Coordinates34°56′9.15″N 80°23′42.89″W / 34.9358750°N 80.3952472°W / 34.9358750; -80.3952472Coordinates: 34°56′9.15″N 80°23′42.89″W / 34.9358750°N 80.3952472°W / 34.9358750; -80.3952472
Geography
LocationChesterfield County, South Carolina
Parent rangeSandhills (Carolina)
Geology
Age of rockapprox. 500 million years[2]
Mountain typeSandstone
Climbing
Easiest routeStairway and trail to summit

Just off US highway 1, near Patrick, South Carolina in the Sandhill Area of the state, is an unusual pile of sand, Sugarloaf Mountain. Once buried by the ocean, tides swept it up to create this phenomenon. There are lava rocks throughout to confirm this. As these rocks permeated the earth's crust, they quickly cooled and became porous as they breached the warm ocean water. It rises about 100 feet above the surrounding terrain and the views of the surrounding area seem to go forever once on top. There is a viewing platform at the top to take a rest once up there.

Wildlife is abundant. Flora/Fauna include whitetail deer, turkeys, quail, ducks, fish as well as rhodadendron, moss, lichen, ferns. Some of these plants are rare for the area. The Red-cockhead woodpecker resides here. You might even see a Pine Barrens Tree Frog. Hunting is allowed in a few areas as it's treated as a Wildlife Management Area of South Carolina.

One of the Lava rocks around

Camping[edit]

There are plenty of primitive camping sites(16 total).[3] You must reserve them in advance. Call (843) 498-6478 to reserve. They are 15 dollars a night for sheltered sites, 10 dollars for non sheltered sites. There is no electricity or water/sewage. However, there are two small outhouses located at Site 1 and Site 6. There is plenty of acreage at each site to set up multiple tents. Keep fires contained in the provided fire pits. Do not create fires outside of the pits as there are only Pine Trees and straw on the ground which can ignite quickly. There is also plenty of room for to throw football or baseball, play frisbee golf, cornhole, or create a game and play i.e. such as botchi-golf.

Fishing[edit]

There is a small lake to fish and it does have a pier. Mostly, there are fish such as bream, redbreast, and crappie to be caught. An occasional small catfish may be caught. No outboards are allowed, but canoes and kayaks are welcome.

Hiking[edit]

There are a few marked hiking trails. The woods are wide open with very little underbrush. The sand makes for very easy primitive hikes around the "mountain." Take lots of beverages and water because you can hike forever and ever. Be cautious and alert for wildlife.

Ironstone/Lava rock
Ironstone/Lava rock
Nature Trail Details
Length: 1.7 miles to about 2.1
Type: Loop
Surface: Natural, Sand
Difficulty: Moderate
Temperatures
Seasons and best times to go
Summer Avg: 92° / 69°
Fall Avg: 85° / 63°
Winter Avg: 59° / 33°
Spring: 76° / 49°

Horses[edit]

"Trails of red clay and patches of white sand through an assorted forest of new and old growth dogwoods, pine, and hardwoods. During your ride you may encounter deer, fox squirrels, turkey, and possibly an elusive red cockaded woodpecker. All of the trails have something special.[4]

The Pine Barrens Wagon Trail is in service (though not used often). This trail is unique in that it was devoted to horse drawn wagons and buggies. Occasional creeks along the trails provide water for your horse, but even though there are facilities at the trailheads, due to the length of these trails, you might want to carry water for yourself."[4]

Horses do not have to be shod. During warm months, insect repellant is also recommended as there can be mosquitoes and other pesky bugs.

References[edit]

Steps going up and rock
Steps going up and rock
  1. ^ "Sugarloaf Mountain". www.sctrails.net. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  2. ^ "The Olde English District - Sugarloaf Mountain". www.OldeEnglishDistrict.com.
  3. ^ "Sand Hills State Forest Sugarloaf Mountain Camping Areas". www.state.sc.us. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  4. ^ a b "Sugarloaf Mountain". www.sctrails.net. Retrieved 2018-12-02.