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.

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The Details

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 Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or

chearon1942@gmail.com

Sundays at 2PM

View upcoming Walks below or on our Events Calendar

SPRING 2022

All walks qualify for the Youth Partner Challenge (YPC), an activity for youth ages 5-16.

March 20- Twin Bridges (Carolyn & Don) This is not a long walk but more of a meander of 1-2 hours. We will walk among a huge population of spring wildflowers located at Twin Bridges over the Pacolet River on US-176 south of Saluda.

April 3-Waters of Camp Creek (Betsy and John Burdett) This is a 2 mile, 2 hour moderate walk on Betsy Burdett’s property offering lush vegetation and dancing waters along Camp Creek.

April 17-Henry’s Nature Center (Lin, Kathy & Sarah) This will be an Easter exploratory meander over the wooded terrain of Henry's Nature Center plus an opportunity to view firsthand the newly constructed pavilion which will eventually serve as a gathering place for visitors. Plan for a gentle/moderate hike of 2 a mile loop, and the real possibility of finding some eggs along the way. Hiking sticks might prove helpful on sections of the walk.

May 1- Pacolet River Wildflower Walk (Nancy, Jim & Carolyn) Walkers will be led down a privately owned path down to the Pacolet River. This higher elevation start should still have the earlier ephemeral wildflowers still in bloom.

May 15-Ollies’ Falls (Mary Jo & Ann) A moderate out and back walk on a well maintained trail along Joel’s Creek, passing four waterfalls. There is an optional, steep, side spur which goes down to Turtle Falls.

SUMMER 2022

All walks qualify for the Youth Partner Challenge (YPC), an activity for youth ages 5-16.

June 5 –Blakes Peak (Betsy & Jim)

June 19- Green River Cove (Mary Jo & Ann) Old Cove Road. This an old road that went from Saluda to Green River back in the 1920’s, before Green River Road was built. It follows a stream flowing down to Fish Top and is now protected with a conservation easement. The walking will be easy to moderate, occasionally steep, but the views are worth it!

July 3- Historic Saluda (Kay & Kate) Gentle walk through downtown Saluda, learning about the people and places who have been there. Continue through Little Park and up Shand Hill to the fire department and Sullivan’s Temple.

July 17- Twin Lakes This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 – 4:00. Swimming and hiking. Bring your own picnic. Leave Fido at home, please.

August 14 Missing 40 (Kay & Gerard) 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.

August 21- Twin Lakes This is an Open Swim invitation 11:00 – 4:00. Swimming and hiking the trails around the lakes. Bring your own picnic. Leave Fido at home, please.

FALL 2022

All walks qualify for the Youth Partner Challenge (YPC), an activity for youth ages 5-16.

September 4- Lazy Girl (Mary Jo & Ann) This is an easy 1 mile woods trail walk of 1 hour. It traverses a stream and connects Eseola Drive through the woods to Laurel Drive. This is a great in-town option to road-walking. Some water crossings. Please leave Fido at home.

September 18- Judds Peak (Betsy, Sarah & Bruce)

October 2- Old Home Place (Betsy & Carolyn) Old Home Place. 1-2 miles and 2-3 hours of easy to moderate walking with multiple paths available. Walkers will get a glimpse of life in the 19th century at the Dart-McCutchen property off Holbert Cove road seeing an old homestead, fields, streams and a water cascade. Stories from the past abound. This walk requires specific permission and is not generally open to the public.

October 16- Round Mountain (Jim & Chuck) Explore the site of the Battle of Round Mountain. Located off Howard Gap Road this walk offers a picnic area, rock outcroppings, and for the adventurous, a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain for Piedmont views.

November 6 -Holbert Cove (Rowann, Betsy & Chuck) 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.

Walks in the Woods Subs

Debbie Hahn: debdhahn@gmail.com, 828-749-3388

Frank McNutt: fmcnutt@gmail.com, 828-489-1589

Ann Dudley: annpdudley@gmail.com, 803-645-5949

Betsy Burdett: puzzlegully@rsnet.org, 828-749-2161

Lin Savage: wncsavages@gmail.com, 749-3906 cell 828-545-3634

Don Clapp: donclapp@gmail.com, 704-750-0411

Carolyn Ashburn: carolynbyrdashburn@gmail.com, 828-773-5159

Chuck Hearon: chearon1942@gmail.com 828-817-0364

Jim Beyer: jambey7@yahoo.com 810-841-7188

Kathy Beyer: luvmyrun@yahoo.com 810-841-7888

Bruce Jayne: brujay43@gmail.com 843.371.8028

Sarah Jayne: sjrose511@gmail.com 843.345.4219

Kay Shurtleff: kshurtleff@msn.com 828-749-9230 or 828-280-3226