October 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

October 1– Round Mountain 1-2 miles moderate to strenuous 2-3 hours. Explore the site of the Battle of Round Mountain. Located off Howard Gap Road this walk offers a picnic area, rock outcroppings, and for the adventurous, a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain for Piedmont views.

October 15 – Waters of Camp Creek 2 mile 2 hour moderate walk on Burdett's property offering beautiful fall foliage as well as lush vegetation and dancing waters along Camp Creek.

These are the last walks of the 2017 Walk season, stay tuned for the 2018 schedule in the Spring.

Walkers meet 2 pm at the parking lot of the Saluda Library. A SCLT member will keep you aware of the terrain of the trail and share their insights about the history, flora, and fauna of the area as they lead each walk.

Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes, a walking stick, water, and a snack. Please provide any pertinent medical history to your guide. Many of these hikes will access private property.

For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or

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Moody News

The old Moody home will be re-purposed. We plan to leave sections of the house in place using on section for a pavilion and another for storage. We will save the barn and out buildings.

If you are interested in participating in this transition, call John Savage at 749-3906 or text 828-545-3634.


Kudzu and Other Invasives

Cleaning Up the Tree line on Judd’s Peak Lookout

On Thursday morning a small group of volunteers have been cleaning out under the trees. There were a lot of saplings, dead tree branches and vines. The main invasive plant here is “Oriental Bittersweet”. This vine was imported as a decorative plant for its bright red berries in the fall. They are often used in making Christmas wreaths. Now the plant has spread profusely, climbing up trees to girdle them and drape over the branches. Next to kudzu, this is our most destructive vine.

Come join us for our battle against these plants. Kudzu and invasives workdays are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 8:00-10:00. Note: There will be no work day 9/21. We are currently working at Judd’s Peak Lookout.

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Twin Lakes Reservations

Twin Lakes still has dates available for reservations in September and into Autumn. It is a splendid backdrop for weddings, birthdays and all special occasions.


Consider Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd’s Peak which are both amazing venues to reserve for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.


Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month October 4th, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building and find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

The Newsletter will be taking its winter break after October. Thanks to all subscribers for another year of News and look for the Newsletter's return In the spring.

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Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to Be sure to check out our website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

SCLT greatly appreciates the help from PPCF for the operating expenses for the year 2017.