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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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!
Fall 2018 Woodside Trail Group Hiking Program
Check out the Trees
When: Saturday, September 15th at 9.00 am
Hike leader: Gerald McDonald phone: 803-643-1038 email: email@example.com
Description: Due to the initiative of Woodside resident Gerald McDonald and support from The Woodside POA, the Woodside trail group [WTG] recently installed signs on the Creek Walk which identify 20 major plants and trees found along this 0.5-mile trail. You can now think of this trail as Woodside’s own “arboretum trail”. The trail is a very pleasant easy walk with several bridges over the various creeks flowing through this area. It also includes a viewing platform where you can sit awhile, listen to the gurgling brook, and enjoy all the nature that surrounds you. Following this short hike, we will get back in our cars and proceed to Colleton Avenue [park at the library parking lot] where we will walk for about one mile along this beautiful historic street and explore the many trees that line its route. The trees are all labelled and this route is known as the Aiken Arboretum trail. You will be surprised at the number of different trees that line the street. For those that want, Gerald will arrange for lunch at a downtown restaurant after the outing. Please let Gerald know if you plan to go to lunch.
Meeting place: Meet near the start of the Creek Walk near the intersection of Woodside Plantation Drive & Cottonwood Creek Lane. Please park on Cottonwood Creek Lane.
Meeting time: 8:45 am for a 9:00 am start
Distance: Total walking distance will be about 2.5 miles; 0.5 miles on the Creek Walk & 2 miles on Colleton Avenue
Terrain: Real easy!
Langley Pond Loop Trail
When: Sunday October 21st, 2018 at 10:00 am
Hike Leader: Jim Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org 803-634-0513
Description: This is a 2.75-mile loop trail developed a couple of years ago by Aiken County. The approach to the trail is rather ugly because of all the construction activity on the new Langley dam but the trail itself is a very nice walk, through a wooded area.
Meeting Place: At the trail head just off Langley Dam Road. Turn left just before the construction begins and proceed along the short drive to the trail parking area. Be there by 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start. For those wishing to car pool, the hike leader will meet you at the Village at Woodside parking area behind the Village Fitness Centre at 9.30 am.
Distance: 2.75 miles
Terrain: The trail should be dry. There a few minor ups & downs but generally walking should be easy
Bring: Good sneakers or hiking boots, water, snack.
Hitchcock Woods – The Path Less Traveled
When: Saturday November 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Hike leaders: David Slaunwhite; phone 858-926-8793; email email@example.com and Sandra Dale; phone 803-439-0002; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Come join us walking on lessor known trails, in Hitchcock Woods; exploring 4 different plant/tree environments. Although there may not be many flowers in bloom we will discuss the flowers you should look for in each environ come Spring. We will discuss the use of colors, smells, flowers, needle counts, time of year and of course in this electronic age the use of smart phones, apps and computers to assist in the identification of plants and trees. Walking the Woods serves many purposes. First, of course, is the excellent exercise it provides as you walk the hills and trails. Secondly, it offers you a chance to commune with nature and to “clear” your mind in the peace and solitude of the Woods. Finally, by using your mental capabilities to learn the trails and identify and then remember the plants/flowers/trees on your next visit, it will stimulate both your short and long-term memory. The best walks of course would include your dog but they are not allowed in the Woods on Saturday mornings from October thru March.
Meeting place: Meet at the Stables, 2180 Dibble Road, Hitchcock Woods
Distance: 2.5-3 miles
Terrain: Easy, sand under foot.
Bring: Good walking shoes, water, and perhaps a snack.