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Ascent of Union County High Point on 2014-10-18

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Union County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:795 ft / 242 m

Ascent Trip Report

Union is my new favorite county highpoint in South Carolina. How did I spend 25 years as a roving newspaperman in the Upstate and never discover Beddington Mountain?

It's not a big hill, only 795 feet and only 130 feet of prominence. But because of its distance from other mountains, its alignment with the Tyger River valley, and the wraparound decks on the summit house, Beddington Mountain boast an extraordinary four-state view. According to Peakfinder.org, the horizon on a clear day includes Rabun Bald in GA, Roan Mountain on the TN line, and almost the entire NC Blue Ridge from Scaly Mountain near Highlands to Grandfather Mountain near Boone. It wasn't perfectly clear when I visited, but I was able to see Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountain range.

Again according to Peakfinder, it's possible to see at least 23 other county high points from the top of Union.

Benchmark Harrison is next to the house (National Geodetic Survey Horizontal Control Mark, stamped 1935 and 1982). According to the USGS listing, this is a Height Modernization Survey Station and has an elevation of 794.3 feet. The name Beddington Mountain is not on the topo or BM listings but is found on the ACME terrain maps and is known locally. The current owners call it Dove Mountain. It used to be an apple orchard and now is the site of a Christian counseling center (thedovecenter.org) based in the large house on the summit. If you'd like to visit, call first at 1-850-492-3683. If the owner is home, you can drive to the top. There's no need to go cross-country as described in other trip reports.

Driving directions per the Dove Center website:

From Spartanburg, take SC215 towards Union out of downtown, follow 215 for approximately 10 miles, make right turn on Mt. Lebanon Rd. The entrance to Dove Mountain is on the right, just before Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church cemetery on the left.

From Union, take SC215 towards Spartanburg. Make left turn onto Mt. Lebanon Rd. The entrance to Dove Mountain is on the left, just after Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church cemetery on the right.
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