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 the SCLT office @ 828-749-1560 or

info @saludaclt.org

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.

Twin Bridges

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.


Alexander's Ford

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!

FALL 2023

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.

Saluda Mountain/Palmetto

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: maryholman2@gmail.com 803-429-5022

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

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

Mary Jo Wannamaker: mjwannamaker@gmail.com 803.70.1112

Terri Arrington: tarrington7@gmail.com 828.696.6222

Mark Mitchell:mwm@formdstudios.com 321.696.1302

Don Mason :oomoosen@gmail.com

Ron Williams: wmsbrosinc@gmail.com 540-454-0328

Mark Lauer:marklauer8@gmail.com 828-808-2976

Cheryl Spencer: cheryledspencer1@bellsouth.net