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Walks in the Woods

April 7 Moonshine Creek This strenuous hike from Nancy Barnett’s home down to the Pacolet River to see abundant wildflowers. 1-2 miles steep descent, recommend hiking sticks.

April 21 Easter- No Walk

May 5 Ollie’s Falls A moderate out and back walk on a well maintained trail along Joel’s Creek, passing 4 waterfalls along the way. There is a side spur which goes down to Turtle Falls and is fairly steep which will be optional."

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 or

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Annual Meeting 2019

Mayday Mayday

Annual Meeting

Save the date, Wednesday May 1st, 2019 at the Saluda Center 6:00pm for SCLT's 12th Annual Meeting celebration.

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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons Coming.

Swimming lessons are returning this summer to Twin Lakes. Check back with the newsletter for dates and sign up instructions.

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A Gift of Membership

Conservancy Aids Grassroots Land Acquisition Effort Proposed Green River Game Lands Addition Would Protect Saluda Tract Once Slated for County Police Training Center

Last month Conserving Carolina entered into a contract to purchase 81.5 acres of property on Macedonia Road north of Saluda, land targeted by Henderson County in 2018 as the proposed location for a regional police training facility. The County’s proposal prompted a strong response from Henderson and Polk County residents in the Saluda area opposed to the concept. In May 2018, Henderson County dropped its plans to purchase and develop the forested tract, which adjoins the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s Green River Game Lands.

Saluda-based Saluda Community Land Trust assisted the grassroots effort to oppose the police training center in 2018 and is partnering with Conserving Carolina in raising funds for the land purchase. Conserving Carolina has through April 30th to raise the additional $30,000 in local contributions that it needs to proceed with the purchase. Those interested in supporting the project are invited to go to the organization’s website,, to learn more.

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Trails Need to be Maintained

SCLT has a need for trail maintenance volunteers. If you are interested in keeping up the wonderful trails in and around Saluda please contact Chuck, Trails Coordinator, at 828-817-0364 or


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 April 3rd, 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.

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.