Walks in the Woods

community-led hiking series

The first and third Sundays of each month, mid-March through October, 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 chearon@skyrunner.net

Sundays at 2PM

View upcoming Walks below or on our Events Calendar


Twin Bridges

March 17, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Ann & Jeanie
  • 1 mile easy to moderate. 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.

Moonshine Creek

April 7, 2019 2pm

  • Guide: Nancy & Frank
  • This is a strenuous walk from Nancy Barnett’s home down to the Pacolet River to see abundant wildflowers. 1-2 miles steep descent, recommend hiking sticks.

Ollie's Falls

May 5, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Ann & Jeanie
  • 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."

Lazy Girl

May 19, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Lin & John
  • 1 mile easy 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. Please leave Fido at home.

Saluda Nature Park

May 20, 2018

  • Guides: Nancy & Frank
  • 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.


Old Cove Road

June 2, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Carolyn & Betsy

  • This is an old road that went from Saluda to Green River back in the 1920’s, before the current Green River Rd 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, and occasionally steep, but the views are worth it.

Holbert Cove

July 7, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Chuck & Frank
  • Enjoy a moderate walk on private trails around three continuous cabins ending with lemonade on the veranda.

Rutherford Trails

July 21, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Ann & Don
  • A moderate walk on private property is 9 acres of forest, creeks, a pond and well-marked trails. There is an old stone home site and the property is full of native plants.

Little Bradley Falls

August 4, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Nancy & Don
  • 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!

Missing 40

August 18, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Lin & John

  • 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.

FALL 2019

Saluda Nature Park

September 1, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Don & Betsy
  • 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.

Palmetto Trail to the Blue Wall

September 15, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Betsy and Nancy
  • This moderate hike will start at the top of Brushy Ridge on the Poinsett Passage of the Palmetto Trail and will proceed along the top of the ridge to Hogback Mountain Rd. There someone with a car will meet the walkers to drive them back to Saluda.

Waters of Camp Creek

October 6, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Betsy & Alan
  • 2 mile 2 hour moderate walk on Burdett’s property offering beautiful fall foliage as well as lush vegetation and dancing waters along Camp Creek.

Round Mountain

October 20, 2019 2pm

  • Guides: Nancy
  • Easy to beyond moderate. 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.

Walks in the Woods Subs

Thayer Fleming:thayerfleming@gmail.com, 864-350-8686

Jeanie Bennett: jeaniepbennet@hotmail.com, 843-384-0484

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

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

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

Nancy Barnett: nlbwild@gmail.com, 828-606-8727

John & 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: chearon@skyrunner.net, 828-817-0364