Walks in the Woods
community-led hiking series
The first and third Sundays of each month, mid-March through mid November, weather permitting, join SCLT members to explore local favorite walks in the Saluda area. Walks generally last about an hour and a half, and besides showcasing our local treasures, encourage getting folks outside.
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 as they lead each walk.
Prepare for each walk with comfortable shoes (and, where you see an * wear water 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 you 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 the SCLT office @ 828-749-1560 or
Sundays at 2PM
View upcoming Walks below or on our Events Calendar
Old Homeplace #1 Betsy & Cheryl
March 19, 2023 2pm
- March 19 - Old Home Place Walk #1
- Stories from the past abound on this easy to
- moderate 1–2-mile, 2-3 hour walk with multiple
- paths available. Walkers will get a glimpse of life
- in the 19 th -century at the Dart-McCutcheon
- property off Holbert Cove Road that has an old
- homestead, fields, streams, and water cascades.
- This walk requires specific permission and not
- open to the public.
April 2, 2023 2pm
- April 2 - Twin Bridges
- Enjoy this very popular 1-2 hour out and back
- meander through a beautiful expanse of spring
- wildflowers and a side view of Melrose Falls.
Pacolet Wildflower/Nancy Barnett & Beth Thomas
April 16, 2023 2pm
April 16 - Pacolet Wildflower Walk Walkers will enjoy early ephemeral wildflowers on a privately owned trail down to the Pacolet River.
May 7, 2023 2pm
May 7 - Alexander’s Ford, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Walk where our 1780’s forefathers, the Revolutionary Patriot militia, journeyed, camped, and crossed the Green River towards Cowpens, SC. A 1.1-mile trail will lead to the Green River where we will explore a bit in the fields and then back to the trailhead to enjoy post-hike fellowship at the covered picnic area.
Lazy Girl/Ann Dudley & Mary Holman
May 21, 2023 2pm
May 21 - Lazy Girl This is a 1-mile easy walk of about an hour. The trail traverses a stream and connects Esseola Drive through the woods to Laurel Drive in Saluda. This is a great in town option to road walking. No pets on this walk.
Henry's Nature Center/Kathy Beyer & Lin Savage
June 4, 2023 2pm
Jun 4 - Henry’s Nature Center Trails Explore the wooded terrain of Henry’s Nature Center on this 2-mile walk that transverses an old home site and the new Pavilion honoring Henry Cart who loved to explore the woods of Saluda.
Little White Oak/Sarah and Bruce Jayne
June 18, 2023 2pm
June 18 - Little White Oak Experience this moderate walk on the beautiful 300- acre parcel that features hiking and biking trails adjacent to Polk Middle School.
Old Home Place Walk #2/Mark Laurer & Mark Mitchell
July 2, 2023 2pm
- July 2 - Old Home Place Walk #2 Explore more of the Old Home Place in Holbert Cove on different tails within the Dart-McCutcheon property. You will get a glimpse of life in the 19th century with old homesteads, fields, streams, and water cascades. This walk requires specific permission and not open to the public.
Wilkes Twin Lakes/ Don Clapp & Carolyn Ashburn
July 16, 2023 11am
July 16 - Wilkes Twin Lakes Walk along the trail of Twin Lakes and enjoy a swim afterwards. Bring a picnic but leave your pets at home.
Missing 40: Mark Mitchell & Don Mason
August 6, 2023 2pm
August 6 - Missing 40 This 1-mile loop of moderate, wooded trail walking, will take about 1-2 hours. The trailhead is located on Pearson Falls Road just above the concrete bridge over the North Pacolet River. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly, and has several easy water crossings.
Green River Cove/Bruce Jayne & Kate & Elan Bush
August 20, 2023 2pm
August 20 - Green River Cove Walk along Old Cove Road that went from Saluda to Green River in the 1920’s.The trail follows a stream down to Fish Top Access. The walk will be easy to moderate, occasionally steep, but with great views!
Vaugh’s Creek/Kay Shurtleff & Terri Arrington
September 3, 2023 2pm
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.
Green River Game Lands, Wilderness Cove/Terri Arrington & Mark Mitchell
September 17, 2023 2pm
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, 2023 2pm
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.
Round Mountain/ mary Holman & Ann Dudley
October 15, 2023 2pm
October 15- Round Mountain Explore the site of the Battle of Round Mountain. Located off Howard Gap Road, the walk offers a picnic area, rock outcroppings, and for the adventurous, a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain for Piedmont views.
Cabins in the Cove/Chuck Hearon & Betsy Burdett
November 5, 2023 2pm
November 5 - Cabins in the Cove Tour a 1920’s restored log cabin, surrounding grounds and trails of nearly 1-mile on adjoining property that feature an early 1900s barn, and small waterfall. See the natural regeneration from the damage of 2018 tropical storm Zeta.
Walks in the Woods Subs
Mary Holman: firstname.lastname@example.org 803-429-5022
Debbie Hahn: email@example.com, 828-749-3388
Frank McNutt: firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-489-1589
Ann Dudley: email@example.com, 803-645-5949
Betsy Burdett: firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-749-2161
Lin Savage: email@example.com, 749-3906 cell 828-545-3634
Don Clapp: firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-750-0411
Carolyn Ashburn: email@example.com, 828-773-5159
Chuck Hearon: firstname.lastname@example.org 828-817-0364
Jim Beyer: email@example.com 810-841-7188
Kathy Beyer: firstname.lastname@example.org 810-841-7888
Bruce Jayne: email@example.com 843.371.8028
Sarah Jayne: firstname.lastname@example.org 843.345.4219
Kay Shurtleff: email@example.com 828-749-9230 or 828-280-3226
Mary Jo Wannamaker: firstname.lastname@example.org 803.70.1112
Terri Arrington: email@example.com 828.696.6222
Mark Mitchell:firstname.lastname@example.org 321.696.1302
Don Mason :email@example.com
Ron Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org 540-454-0328
Mark Lauer:email@example.com 828-808-2976
Cheryl Spencer: firstname.lastname@example.org