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Swimming Lessons

The lessons will be for three week this year starting on June 19 and running through July 7. Lessons are for children ages 10 months to 13 years. For information on how to register your child please email Please include your Name, Cell Phone Number, and Email address. We will send you information on how to register your child and how to select their lesson dates and times online. These daily individual swimming lessons are provided free of charge courtesy of a grant from the Saluda Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation to the Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT). The instructor Brian Lilburn says “We are so excited to be coming back to Saluda. The positive feedback we received was overwhelming and we are looking forward to teaching even more children this year and giving more skills to the children who came last year. We have added an extra week and are bringing a second instructor in hopes of accommodating everyone. The lessons will be Monday through Friday, June 19-23rd, June 26-30th, and July 3-7th and the classes will run from 9-6.”

Find out more about the program at

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Walks in the Woods

July 2 – Saluda Nature Park 1 mile moderate to strenuous walk 2 hours through the woods, across a stream and up to the vista at Judd’s Peak. The trail head is located on Chestnut Street on past the Saluda Dog Park.

July 16 – 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.

August 6 – Saluda Mountain Passage This is a moderate 3.5 mile, 2-3 hour hike with a drop-off on Heatherly Heights Road and pick up at Talisman Camp on NC 25. Map available at

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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Work, Fun and Food

Come have a fun time doing something good for the environment, playing and working in the water while your children slide down a small waterside or take a hike, and then be rewarded with hamburgers or hot dogs and a beverage of your choice for lunch afterwards. The place is Todd Kolb's home on Pearson Falls Rd. (first driveway on the right past the tunnel), the day is July Saturday 15th, and the time is 10 am until after lunch. The more the merrier! Come join us. Call 828-749-1560 or email the SCLT office for details.


Open Swim Days Start July 19th

Starting July 19th, Twin Lakes will sponsor Wednesdays that are open to the public. Come picnic, hike, splash, swim and enjoy this great community resource. A volunteer will greet you and answer any questions. Be aware there is no life guard on duty and all swim at their own risk. Adults must remain with their children. Hours are from 11-4 each Wednesday from mid July through August. Donations toward the up keep of Twin Lakes are greatly appreciated.


Kudzu and Other Invasives

We at SCLT are still working on removing kudzu. Our prime site is Judd’s Peak Lookout. We are slowly working our way down the hill. The area where we cleared the kudzu has become a milkweed garden. When the kudzu is removed many native plants spring up.

In the past we have sprayed this area with kudzu specific herbicide and now we are removing the crown from the root of the plant. This can be done anytime of the year. If you are interested in learning to decrown or just want to help us, please call the office and we will get back to you.

Weather permitting work days will be 9am the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. In July we will meet the 13th and the 27th.

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Moody Property

The break will continue at the Moody Property. There are no volunteer work days in July. Stay tuned for information about August's work days. If you have time to offer other than these dates, please call John Savage, 828-749-3906.


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 July 5th, 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.