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September 2023 NEWSLETTER

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September 3 - Vaugh’s Creek Walk this 1.7-mile out and back trail near Tryon NC. This trail follows the creak featuring a small waterfall, native flora and fauna, a Native American marker tree, and a large culvert at the end of the trail.

September 17 - Green River Game Lands Wilderness Cove Experience a walk through the wildlife fields in the Green River Game and near the Wilderness Cove campground. The 1.25 out and back transverses the fields leading to the remnant of an 1800 log cabin and then to Bradley Creek.

October 1 - Saluda Mountain/Palmetto A quiet, moderate out and back walk of approximately 3-miles, 2-hours. This trail will take us to Heatherly Heights Road, with some switch backs and stairs, and back down again. Parking is on the left side of the road at the SC state line.

Walkers meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2 pm. 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.

Prepare for each walk with comfortable 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 your 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 Terri Arrington at the SCLT office (828) 749-1560

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Swim Lessons

Swimming lessons at Wilkes Twin Lakes completed another successful year with our instructor, Brian Lilburn giving lessons to 55 children of all ages and abilities. Saluda thanks the Polk County Community Foundation for providing the funds to pay Brian for teaching this life saving skill that allows SCLT to provide these lessons free of charge to our Polk county community.

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Henry's Nature Center

The columns being constructed at the entrance of Henry's Nature Center along 176 toward Hendersonville will be the supports for the metal work archway featuring turtles, Henry's favorite animal.

The mission of Henry’s Nature Center is:

Inspiring present and future generations to enjoy, protect, and live in harmony with nature by. . .

● providing trails, gardens and points of interest for exploration,

● raising awareness of our relationship to nature,

● offering space for a variety of educational activities to enhance appreciation and stewardship of our environment.

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Open Swims


And that’s just what they’ll do--

Brook Totten demonstrates her delight with her new hiking sticks she won for signing up to receive SCLT’s newsletter on Coon Dog Day. Brook and her husband and two teenage boys (ages 16 and 13) have been coming to the Saluda area for fifteen years and two years ago settled into a home off Pearson’s Falls Road. They especially enjoy hikes to Little Bradley Falls, Missing 40, Pearson’s Falls and Rainbow Falls in Dupont.



We'd love to have you join us as a SCLT member. Our members provide vital volunteer and financial support in our mission of preserving Saluda’s rural small-town character by protecting its unique natural heritage. Just click on this link for more information:

We appreciate our Business Partners

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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.


SCLT Monthly Board Meeting

SCLT Board Meeting is scheduled for September 6th at 4:00.

Please contact the office for specifics.

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.

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 We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

SCLT greatly appreciates the help from Polk County Community Foundation for the operating expenses for the year 2017.