September 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

September 3 – Twin Lakes This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 – 4:00. Swimming and hiking. Bring your own picnic. Enjoy a guided walk on the trails of Twin Lakes, one which leads to a meditation platform. Leave Fido at home, please. The Walk will take place at 2:15 pm at Twin Lakes 255 Linda Lane.

September 17 – Poinsett Passage A 6 mile, 3 hour, out-and-back exploration of a portion of the Poinsett Passage of the Palmetto Trail, this hike is of moderate difficulty. Following the NC / SC state line, Poinsett Passage ascends Brushy Ridge and overlooks the Greenville Watershed. Broad patches of Club Moss border some sections.

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.

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


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 September 6th, 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.

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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.