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

SPRING 2018

Twin Bridges

March 18, 2018 2pm

  • Guides: Carolyn & Don
  • 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.

Palmetto Trail –Poinsett Passage

April 15, 2018

  • Guides: John & Lin
  • Out and back exploration of a portion of the Poinsett Passage of the Palmetto Trail. This hike is of moderate difficulty. It follows the NC/SC state line, and ascends Brushy Ridge, and overlooks the Greenville Watershed.

Palmetto Trail to the Blue Wall

May 6, 2018

  • Guides: Nancy & Betsy

  • 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.

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.

SUMMER 2018

Old Homeplace

June 3, 2018

  • Guides: Will & Don
  • 1-2 miles and 2-3 hours of easy to moderate walking with multiple paths available. Mark and Betsy will give walkers a glimpse of life in the 19th century at the Dart-McCutchen property off Holbert Cove road. Walkers will enjoy 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.

Missing 40

July 1, 2018

  • Guides: Nancy & Don

  • 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.

Little Bradley Falls

July 15, 2018

  • 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!

Saluda Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail

August 5, 2018

  • Guides: Don & Frank
  • This is a moderate out and back of approximately 3 miles. Walking up to Heatherly Heights Rd., with some switchbacks and stairs and back down again. About a 2 hour hike. Parking is on the left side of the road at the SC state line. Map available at palmettoconservation.org.

Moody Trail

August 19, 2018

  • Guides: Betsy, Lin and John

  • This is an easy walk from the library parking lot, up Irving St. to the top of the hill where the Moody property begins. We’ll walk through the old house site, along the top of the ridge, and then to a lovely spring before coming back to the library along the lower trail.

FALL 2018

Grandma's Mountain

September 2, 2018

  • Guides: Betsy & Kate

  • This is an easy to moderate 1-2 hour hike on private land protected with a conservation easement held by SCLT. It is a walk suitable for grandmas and grandchildren.

Green River Cove Trail

September 16, 2018

  • Guides: Betsy, John & Lin

  • This out and back moderate walk of 3 miles or more. It follows the river upstream starting at the first bridge and heading towards Fish Top.

Old Cove Road

October 7, 2018

  • Guides: Will & 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.

Round Mountain

October 21, 2018

  • Guides: Will & 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.

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SCLT’s work has been made possible through the generous support of private donors, members, the Polk County Community Foundation, and the Bradley Fund. SCLT's 2017 operating expenses are paid for by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.