Pickens in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Granite and Gravity
The granite ridge connecting Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountain drops away into two slopes. Because gravity pulls water downhill, all precipitation that falls onto the south-facing slope will eventually collect in the Oolenoy River system. Like any expanse of land that drains into a particular body of water, this slope is a "watershed."
Within this watershed, springs feed streams like Mill Creek, Carrick Creek, and Green Creek. The contours of the land determine the direction and speed of these creeks, which supply all forest life with a network of fresh water.
Erected by South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Notable Places.
Location. 35° 1.222′ N, 82° 41.583′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from East Ellison Lane. Marer is located on the grounds of Oolenoy State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 158 East Ellison Lane, Pickens SC 29671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this A CCC Classic (approx. half a mile away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. half a mile away); Table Rock State Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Parkitecture (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.9 miles away); Beliefs Set in Stone (approx. one mile away); Pumpkintown (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cornelius Keith - 1715-1808 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cornelius Keith (approx. 3.4 miles away); Oolenoy Baptist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pickens.
Regarding Granite and Gravity. The mountains and other natural resources along this chain are (from west to east): Bald Knob, Pinnacle Mountain, Mill Creek Falls, Mill Creek Watershed, Carric Creek Watershed, Panther Gap, Green Creek Watershed, Table Rock Mountain, and Stool Mountain.
Also see . . .
1. Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park is a 3,083-acre (12.48 km2) park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County, South Carolina. (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Oolenoy River. The Oolenoy River is a minor tributary of the Saluda River sourced near Sassafras Mountain in northern Pickens County, SC. (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Pinnacle Mountain. Pinnacle Mountain is the highest mountain totally within the state of South Carolina (though it is not as high as nearby Sassafras Mountain). (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park Historic District is significant for its cultural and social relationship to the history and prehistory of the area within the state park boundaries and is also architecturally significant as an example of the construction of a state park by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 951 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.