The WTG began in August 2008 when two residents met with the WPPOA to discuss what could be done to improve and better define several nature trails within Woodside. Subsequent to that meeting we began working with both the WPPOA and the Woodside Development Company to define the existing trails, make significant improvements, and to mark the trails with signs and blazes so that our residents could easily follow the routes. We also developed a brochure and maps describing the trails. These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.

The WTG has now evolved into a 75-member loosely organized group who keep in touch by email. We organize work parties to help improve & maintain the trails and also organize occasional hikes on our trails and on other trails in the Aiken vicinity. We maintain or are associated with five trails within or just outside the Woodside community. These are Creek Walk, Oakman Trail, Millroad Trail, Hollow Creek Trail and Village Trail. Downloadable descriptions and maps of these trails can be downloaded.  For a basic overview, click here.  For detailed descriptions, click here.

If you are interested in joining the WTG please call Jim Pierce at 803-634-0513, leave your email address and you will be added to our email list. Happy trails to you!



Woodside Trail Group Hiking Program Winter/Spring 2018

Hitchcock Woods – March 24th at 10.00 am

Details: Details for this hike are still not finalized but John intends to ask the Hitchcock Wood’s superintendent, Bennett Tucker to join us for part of the time to give us an update on restoration and maintenance of the Woods. He is also reaching out to Ken Perrine who gave us a botanical tour of the woods a few years ago. Please follow developments on our web site For those that wish, John will arrange for lunch at a restaurant in the Aiken Alley following the hike.

Meeting time:  March 24th at 10.00 am

Hike leader:  John Carman – phone: 757-759-2395 email:

Meeting place:  South Boundary entrance to Hitchcock Woods near the Aiken County Museum.
Distance: About 3.0 miles. There are some hills and there is often sand under foot
Bring: Good walking shoes, water, and perhaps a snack.

Rain Cancels

Audubon Society Lands – Monday April  9th at 9.30 am

Details: Lee will take us on a visit to the Audubon society lands at the end of Silver Bluff Road. Hopefully the wood storks will be nesting. In any case, this is a very nice area to take an easy walk. It is about 15 miles from the Village at Woodside to the trail so we encourage everyone to car pool. Lunch will follow, for those who wish, at a location yet to be determined.

Meeting time:  April 9th at 9.30 am

Hike leader:  Lee Dehart – phone: 757-759-2395 email:

Meeting place:  Village at Woodside parking area behind the Village Fitness Centre to arrange for carpooling.

Distance: About 3.0 miles. Flat easy walking

Bring: Good walking shoes, water, and perhaps a snack.

Rain Cancels


 Ronnie Brenneman, of Birds & Butterflies, has invited all WTG members to attend two special outings that will be held at the Anderson Pond Nature Preserve. These are listed below. Participation is limited and these outings are open to the public so if you want to attend be sure to register early. Call 649-7999 for reservations. There may be a $5 registration fee.

Saturday, April 7

Spring Bird Walk at Anderson Pond

Join us for an early morning bird walk at the Anderson Pond site on Anderson Pond Road (approximately 2 miles off of Silver Bluff Road). Peter Stangel, with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities will be our trip leader. Meet at Anderson Pond at 7:30AM. The walk will last 3-4 hours. Limited to 15 people.

Saturday Mornings Hikes in Hitchcock Woods with Lee Dehart

In conjunction with the Woodside Plantation Club, Lee Dehart is organizing a series of Saturday morning hikes in Hitchcock Woods. He expects to begin the program in January 2018 and to have hikes every Saturday that the WTG is not hiking. Lee invites all members of the WTG to participate. For more information contact Lee directly 617-320-0780 or thru email at