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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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!
WTG Hike Program Fall 2017
Boyd Pond Trail – October 14th
Details: This is a circular route around Boyd pond. At this time of year the colors here are usually very nice. We will hike once around the pond clockwise and, for those that wish a longer hike and a different view, we will then hike the same route in a counter clockwise direction.
Meeting time: October 14th at10.00 am
Hike leader: John Wilsky – phone: 803-201-4607
Meeting place: Fitness Center parking lot in the Village at Woodside to car pool. It will take about 15 minutes to drive to the preserve.
Distance: 1.5 mile to 3.0 miles depending on your wishes. Let the hike leader know how far you want to hike when we meet for carpooling. That will allow him to properly set up the carpools.
Terrain: Fairly flat
Bring: Good walking shoes & water
Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve – November 18th
Details: This nature preserve is located near Pelion SC and has some interesting rock formations. There are numerous trails. We are not sure of the route yet but our hike leader plans to check out a suitable trail when he visits the area in September. Please keep an eye on our web site for further details. See woodsidetrailgroup.com
Meeting time: Nov 18th at 8.30 am
Hike leader: Gerald McDonald – phone: 803-643-1038
Meeting place: Publix parking lot to car pool. It will take about 45 minutes to drive to the preserve.
Distance: To be determined
Terrain: Hikes in this area are said to be of moderate difficulty
Bring: Good walking shoes & water
Oakman Trail – December 16th
Details: An easy 1.7 mile hike to relieve the stress of all that Christmas planning! We will proceed around the blue blazed trail from the trail head near the 9th hole of the Reserve golf course, over the Oakman lake dam, and then along Woodside Plantation drive to join the orange blazed trail on the golf cart path between holes 6 & 7. Proceeding over the zig zag bridge on the orange trail we will rejoin the blue trail and hence back to the trail head. Take a break from Christmas, come and enjoy nature!
Meeting time: Dec 16th at 2.00 pm
Hike leader: Tom McHenry – phone: 803-644-9358
Meeting place: On Anderson Mill Road near the 9th hole of the Reserve Club golf course. For safety, please park along this road rather than on West Pleasant Colony.
Distance: About 1.7 miles
Bring: Good walking shoes