South Carolina wants to show off its highest peak

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SASSAFRAS MOUNTAIN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest peak isn't very majestic. But state wildlife officials want to change that.

The Department of Natural Resources is planning a fundraising effort to build an observation tower atop Sassafras Mountain. The tower would rise above the trees at the 3,553-foot peak. It would allow visitors a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge mountains and valleys and South Carolina's scenic Jocassee (Joh-KAS'-ee) Gorges.

No permanent plans for the tower have been made yet. DNR doesn't want to spend any state money on the project, so officials are trying to figure out how much they can raise privately before deciding how big and elaborate the observation tower can be.

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