August 2018 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

They walked, and you can too.

August 5, 2018 SALUDA MOUNTAIN PASSAGE OF THE PALMETTO TRAIL This is a moderate out and back of approximately 3 miles. Walking up to Heatherly Heights Rd., with some switchbacks and stairs and back down again. About a 2 hour hike. Parking is on the left side of the road at the SC state line. Map a

August 19, 2018 Moody Trail This is an easy walk from the library parking lot, up Irving St. to the top of the hill where the Moody property begins. We’ll walk through the old house site, along the top of the ridge, and then to a lovely spring before coming back to the library along the lower trail.

September 2, 2018 Grandma's Mountain This is an easy to moderate 1-2 hour hike on private land protected with a conservation easement held by SCLT. It is a walk suitable for grandmas and grandchildren.

Walkers meet 2pm 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 click here or contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364. Or

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Open Swim at Twin Lakes

Go for a swim in August

Twin Lakes will have Wednesdays 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 through August 22nd. Contributions toward the up keep of Twin Lakes are greatly appreciated.

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Twin Lakes Swim Lessons

Thankful swimmers

It’s a wonderful summer at Twin Lakes thanks to the support of the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF). From the end of June through the first week of August, children are able to have free swimming lessons every day at Twin Lakes, which is owned by the Saluda Community Land Trust. This is all possible because of the Free Community Events Fund held by PCCF. On behalf of all the happy swimmers, these children say THANK YOU!

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Moody Property

Moody house coming down

Break down, Break through. For the last two weeks volunteers have gathered on the Moody Property. We have successfully dismantled most of the out buildings and plan to begin removing metal shingles from main house July 20th. If you wish to be part of the fun show up on Fridays around 9 am. Volunteers are encouraged to reclaim some of the beautiful hundred year old wood for themselves. Also, come and share your creative ideas for the future of this magical property. For more information, call John Savage, 828-749-3906.


Will Nelson

We say goodbye to our friend

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) had lost a great person and an outstanding President, Will Nelson. He was like a rudder trying to move our ship in a forward direction in occasionally floundering seas. He, in conjunction with Deb Hahn and Roberta Cart, have brought more order and direction to SCLT. It has been said that you may disagree with him, but he was always right.

Will was a great communicator, always a gentleman, and very measured in his speech and decisions. Having a legal background brought a new and more deliberate perspective to our thinking. In times of disagreement or confusion he was able to separate out the facts or issues and help us come to consensus.

One thing Will Nelson loved was hugs so let’s give a hug for Will.

Will, you will be greatly missed.

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Twin Lakes Reservations

Twin Lakes is a cool place in the summer.

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Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes which is perfect venue for birthdays, weddings, family reunions and other special events. Please access availability of your desired dates though the SCLT web site and go to the Twin Lakes calendar.


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

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, this month August 1, 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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When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Saluda Community Land Trust. Bookmark the link and help support SCLT every time you shop.

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.


SCLT’s work has been made possible through the generous support of private donors, members, the Polk County Community Foundation, and the Bradley Fund. SCLT's 2017 operating expenses are paid for by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.