Walks in the Woods

community-led hiking series

The first and third Sundays of each month, April through October, weather permitting, join SCLT members to explore local favorite walks in the Saluda area. Walks generally last about an hour and a half, and besides showcasing our local treasures, encourage getting folks outside.

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The Details

Walkers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2pm. 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 (and, where you see an * wear water shoes), a walking stick, water, and a snack. Feel free to bring your field guides and a camera. Please provide any pertinent medical history to you guide. Many of these hikes will access private property. SCLT has obtained the owners' permission to allow you to access these areas that are normally not available to the public. Call ahead to determine whether the hike will welcome four-footed companions.

For more information contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or chearon@skyrunner.net

Sundays at 2PM

View upcoming Walks below or on our Events Calendar


Twin Bridges

April 2, 2017

  • Guides: Will & Don
  • 1 mile easy to moderate. This is not a long walk but more of a meander of 1-2 hours. We will walk among a huge population of spring wildflowers located at Twin Bridges over the Pacolet River on US-176 south of Saluda.

Missing 40

May 7, 2017

  • Guides: Mary Jo & Will
  • 1 mile loop of moderate walking 1-2 hours. Water shoes recommended. The trailhead is located on Pearson Falls Road just above the new concrete bridge over the North Pacolet River. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly, and has several easy water crossings.

Big Bradley

May 21, 2017

  • Guides: Nancy & Glenn
  • 1-2 mile moderate 2 hour exploration of Cove Creek leading downstream to the overlook to Big Bradley Falls. It is a moderate walk with stream crossings. Wear water shoes. Again, dogs and kids love it!


Little Bradley

June 4, 2017

  • Guides: Will & Chuck
  • 2 mile moderate out and back of 2 hours along Cove Creek to the falls with a nice pool at the bottom. Dogs and kids love this spot!

Lazy Girl

June 18, 2017

  • Guides: Lin & John
  • 1 mile easy woods trail walk of 1 hour. It traverses a stream and connects Eseola Drive through the woods to Laurel Drive. This is a great in-town option to road-walking. Please leave Fido at home.

Saluda Nature Park

July 2, 2017

  • Guides: Will & Don
  • 1 mile moderate to strenuous walk 2 hours through the woods, across a stream and up to the vista at Judd’s Peak. The trailhead is located on Chestnut Street on past the Saluda dog Park.

Twin Lakes

July 16, 2017

  • Guides: Lin and John
  • 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.

Saluda Mountain Passage

August 6, 2017

  • Guides: Will & Chuck
  • 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 palmettoconservation.org.

Grandma's Mountain

August 20, 2017

  • Guides: Betsy & Jim Haley
  • This is an easy to moderate hike of 1-2 hours on private land protected by a conservation easement held by the Saluda Community Land Trust. It's a hike suitable for grandmas and grandchildren.

FALL 2017

Twin Lakes

September 3, 2017

  • Guide: Lin & John
  • Open Swim invitation 11:00 – 4:00. This is an end of season celebration and return to the lakes for swimming, hiking and bring-your-own picnic. Leave Fido at home, please.

poinsett passage

September 17, 2017

  • Guide: Glenn, Ann Dudley, & Nancy
  • 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.

Round Mountain

October 1, 2017

  • Guides: Will & Nancy
  • 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.

Waters of Camp Creek

October 15, 2017

  • Guides: Betsy & Glenn
  • 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.