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November 6 -Holbert Cove

Holbert Cove Cabins. Betsy will give a tour of her 1920s restored log cabin and grounds. Trails of nearly 1 mile on adjoining property will walk you past an old barn foundation from the late 1800's - early 1900's, lead you to an Ostin Creek access and a small waterfall on the property. Extensive storm damage from Tropical Storm Zeta in 2018 and natural regeneration of the forest can be seen on this property as well.

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.

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 Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364


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Henry's Nature Center

SCLT is seeking volunteers to help with landscape and trail work at Henry’s Nature Center (HNC). Volunteer work helps support the mission of HNC: to inspire present and future protect generations to enjoy and live in harmony with nature.

HNC is a 20-acre, mostly wooded property, which is uniquely positioned in Henderson County and the outskirts of Saluda, NC. At one time, it was a working homestead with two homes, a barn and outbuildings.

Today a small barn, shed, and spring remind visitors of the past and two trails invite visitors to explore. The upper house site has been cleared and a beautiful wood and stone pavilion has been constructed as shelter for future school, family, and community gatherings. Construction of the pavilion was completed in July and a bronze sculpture of Henry Robinson Cart, for whom HNC is named, was moved to the shelter.

In September, Master Gardeners of Henderson County joined SCLT volunteers and met with Saluda resident and wildflower/native plant specialist, Dennis Niemeyer. A systematic plan is now in place for: identifying native wildflowers, shrubs and trees; reviving the homestead gardens, controlling erosion; and removing invasive species.

Volunteers interested in landscape and trail work are welcomed to help us continue to build the nature center into a space for all to enjoy. Please contact Kate or the SCLT office for more information or to sign up for a volunteer day.

Henry’s Nature Center is located on the old Moody property which is off 176. Driving from Saluda toward Hendersonville it is the first driveway on the right immediately after the Polk County line.

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Save the date for SCLT Holiday season great activity, Wreath Making. December 3rd of this year, 2022.

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Keepers of the Trust

Our Newest Board Members

Part 1 of 3

The Saluda Community Land Trust was created to help preserve the rural character and open spaces of our community. There are many valued and dedicated persons who serve our community as Keepers of the Trust. Here’s one more!

Stephanie Winterrowd grew up in Landrum. After graduating from Tryon High School, she went to college and graduate school, receiving degrees in biology and studying ecology and biology of birds for her master’s research. In graduate school, she met her husband, Mike, who was studying flying squirrels.

In her “first” career as a college biology teacher, Stephanie also added volunteering to her resume as she worked with different campus groups with grant-writing, volunteering and development. About 12 years ago, Stephanie and Mike moved back to the area and purchased Stephanie’s family’s farmhouse in Gowensville. At that point, Stephanie began her “second” career in accounting and finance while also serving as a community volunteer. As Chair of SCLT's Finance Team, she says, “Volunteering led me to accounting and working with non-profits, helping simplify finances and reporting. I believe the non-profits that we have in this community play a vital role in making us unique”.

Currently, Stephanie is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and plans to open an office in Saluda. She has two kids: Lauren (9th grade) and Will (3rd grade).

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Keepers of the Trust

Our Newest Board Members

Part 2 of 3

Ron Williams grew up in the northern Shenandoah Valley and most recently lived in Purcellville, VA (40 miles northwest of D.C.) After retiring from owning and operating a contracting business which renovated historic homes and buildings, he and his wife, Barb, moved to the Saluda area in 2019.

Through his work in renovating historic buildings Ron became familiar with conservation easements and tax credits. As SCLT’s Land Team chairperson, he is working closely with Betsy in building a sustainable and ongoing land protection plan.

Ron views the Saluda Rails to Trails project as an exciting undertaking, having observed the development of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail in Purcellville which, incidentally, includes an adjacent 32-mile gravel horse trail.

Ron refers to himself as a recreational guitar player and he also enjoys hiking, biking and tennis. He and Barb have two children and four grandchildren.

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Our Newest Board Members

Part 3 of 3

Cheryl Spencer and her family have been coming to Saluda for 40 years, having fallen in love with this friendly, welcoming small village and the awesome mountains which help to define it. In 1998 she and her husband, Ed, bought their first Saluda vacation home on Pearson Falls Road and came from Columbia S. C. as often as they could. It became a real respite!

Cheryl and her husband, Ed, founded Columbia’s first Montessori School in 1973. Years ago Saluda had a Montessori School which Betsy’s children attended. She was the Head of School for 41 years until it’s merger with another Columbia Montessori School in 2014. She has also been a Montessori Teacher Trainer for 30 years, having trained many teachers in both the Public and Private sectors. The Montessori method embraces nature and encourages an outdoor environment which enhances the lives of children at a young age.

Cheryl joins the SCLT Board as Treasurer. She looks forward to broadening her connection to the Saluda community which has been a permanent home for her since 2017. It’s a good fit!

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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 the first Wednesday of the month, November 2nd, at 4:00.

Please contact the office for specifics.

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.