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Ascent of Sandy Flat on 2013-08-04

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sandy Flat
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sandy Flat Church marks the triple divide of the Catawba, Watauga, and New rivers--the headwaters of the Santee, Tennessee, and Ohio rivers. When I first visited, it was on Peakbagger's list of major triple divides. It has since been removed, presumably because the Tennessee and Ohio both feed into the Mississippi, meaning there are only two natural outlets to the sea from here.

However ... Part of the Tennessee is diverted via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway through Alabama.
So ... rain that falls in this churchyard has three distinct channels to the sea via New Orleans, Mobile, or the SC coast south of Georgetown.

Actually, there's a fourth outlet, since part of the Santee is bifurcated to Charleston via Lake Moultrie and the Cooper River.

And just three miles to the SE there's another triple divide which descends a fifth way--the headwaters of the Yadkin/Pee Dee River, which reaches the Atlantic just 15 miles from the mouth of the Santee.

Sandy Flat Church is on US221 south of Blowing Rock and just beyond an access road to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The church was originally a school for children of families who worked on the Moses Cone estate.
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