Climb A Natural Sand Dune Into The Clouds On The Sugarloaf Mountain Trail In South Carolina
If you’re familiar with South Carolina’s geographic regions, then you might not think there would be a mountain in the Sandhills. But think again. The Sugarloaf Mountain Recreation Area in Patrick, South Carolina, features not one, but two sandy mountains. And one of them has a mountain trail in South Carolina that leads into the clouds.
The little-known Sugarloaf Mountain Recreation Area is a small, primitive gathering spot that features a lake for fishing, shelters for picnicking, and reservation-only primitive camp sites.
Because it's found in the Sandhills, the soil here is mostly sand and the ecosystem is mainly various kinds of pine trees.
Pine trees are known for their tall canopies, leaving wide open, shady spaces beneath and a ground that's carpeted in pine straw. And that's just what you'll find at Sugarloaf Mountain Recreation Area. Several trails lead through the forest and can be used by hikers and equestrians.
There are 16 campsites, all of which have ample room for more than one tent. Only two porta-pottys are on site. There's no running water or electricity.
And there's one trail that is an absolute must.
It leads to the very top of a mountain most South Carolinians have never heard of: Sugarloaf Mountain.
Its' peak is 467 feet in elevation and the hike to the top is worth the effort.
For the most part, the Sandhills are flat. But not Sugarloaf Mountain. It was formed millions of years ago as part of the Middendorf Formation, which refers to the combination of soil types that make up the mountain.
Of particular note, in addition to the mountain's sandy composition, are the huge grisly boulders all over the top and sides of the mountain (and a few below in the recreation area).
These are composed of what's called iron-cemeted, pebbly sandstone and have a variety of colors and rugged textures. They're thought to have formed during the Cretaceous Period from interactions with water.
Climbing the staircase to get to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience in a part of South Carolina where mountains are as rare as a summer day without an afternoon squall.
For more information or to make a camping reservation at
Sugarloaf Mountain Recreation Area, call (843)498-6478. This ancient sand dune mountain trail in South Carolina belongs on everyone’s bucket list. Will you add it to yours?
Another wonderful place to explore South Carolina’s Sandhills is
Cheraw State Park.
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