August 2019 NEWSLETTER

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Walks in the Woods

Please come out for a Walk with SCLT

Walks in the Woods

August 4 Little Bradley Falls 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! Note: there are water crossings and walking sticks/trekking poles are encouraged.

August 18 Missing 40 A 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.

September 1 Saluda Nature Park SCLT will lead walkers on a 1-2 mile moderate tour of the city park. The route connects Greenville Street to Chestnut Street and then loops back out. Sections within the park wind along the stream, up the hillsides, and climb even further up to the grand overlook on Judd’s Peak.

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 contact Chuck Hearon at

(828) 817-0364


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Sullivan Memorial Park

Sullivan Memorial Park

Have you been down Chestnut St lately and noticed something different? Have you noticed that Sullivan Temple has lost its floor, and its roof? Well, that’s what’s happened, and it means that progress is being made, slowly but surely, to restore Sullivan Temple and, with that, preservation of the legacy of Pheobia Sullivan and history of Saluda’s Black Community. SCLT is working with Sullivan family heirs as well as with an historic architect and the Historic Saluda Committee towards creation of a community park. This will take time and money, but the process has begun! Please let us know if you’d like to be part of this project. We need all the help we can get!

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Sullivan Memorial Park

Another photo of Sullivan's Temple

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Open Swims

Join Saluda Community Land Trust and your friends and neighbors for another summer of fun and gathering.

Twin Lakes (55 Linda Lane, Saluda) is open for all to enjoy every Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm through August 28th.

No lifeguards are provided so you swim at your own risk.

Please consider being a chaperone for one of the shifts, 11-1:30 and 1:30 to 4. Contact one of the chaperones at a swim or the SCLT office 828-749-1560.

Twin Lakes is available to be reserved for your special event so please check the Twin Lakes calendar for availability and reservation information.

Twin Lakes depends entirely on your generous contributions and support for maintenance and operating expenses.

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Youth Challenge

Saluda Community Land Trust Youth Partner Challenge

Are you looking for a way to get your children or grandchildren off of their phones and computers this summer?

The SCLT Youth Partner Challenge was designed to help youth ages 5-16 and the adults in their lives enjoy and appreciate the land and trails that SCLT is seeking to protect. Parents, Grandparents and Youth Leaders are invited to sponsor up to five youth who wish to earn a patch and certificate. This is accomplished by completing 1 volunteer service project and 7 of the designated hikes or walks in and around Saluda.

Adult partners accompany and transport youth on their own time or as part of a SCLT organized event. Current service opportunities are in the Kid's plot at the Robinson Community Garden.

Hikes include Lazy Girl, Missing 40, and Little Bradley Falls.

Download the activity log and educational information on the SCLT website,

This project is made possible by a grant from the Saluda Community Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.

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Trail Maintanance

SCLT volunteers really dig keeping up the trails

Trail crew could use a hand…or 10. Maintaining SCLT trails depends on volunteers and many of our trails need work. Please get out and enjoy the trails and also make note of any trail maintenance issues that the crew can tackle on the next work day which is scheduled for Wednesday August 21st, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Contact Chuck Hearon 828-817-0364 or at

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A Special "Thank You"

A Tip of the Hat to Cathy Jackson from SCLTs founder, Betsy Burdett...

Dear SCLT supporters and members, A few minutes ago I was in the front yard picking blueberries, listening to the birds, the rustling leaves, the creek, and, of course, the dull hum of I-26 in the background. Then I had a thought; had it not been for Cathy Jackson and the Saluda Lifestyles, I would probably be listening to sounds of guns going off at a shooting range on Macedonia Road. Without the Saluda Lifestyles, that sale would have gone through, and no one would have known about it until it was too late.

In 2007 an important piece of land came on the market. Local folks like me were afraid this land would be sold for development, so I called Cathy Jackson for help. And she gave it. Cathy was part of the creation of Saluda Community Land Trust. She was there when we needed her. She brings the community together so that we can help each other. Is there any greater thing that a person can do? I think not!

On behalf of all of us at SCLT, I say “THANK YOU CATHY JACKSON!”

Sincerely, Betsy Burdett


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

Special Note: There is no board meeting for August.

Our next meeting is September 4th, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building. Come find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

Remember SmileAmazon

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.