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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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
Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve – November 18th
Details: Peachtree Rock Heritage Nature Preserve is a unique and wonderful place to hike in the forest .We will probably walk 2 to 3 miles. In addition to the great hiking we will also stop along the way to discuss and see the Preserve’s interesting natural habitats and geology. Gerald hopes you can join us because you will be in for a treat. From the Publix’s parking lot it is 43 miles to Peachtree Rock or about 50 minutes. You can Google Peachtree Rock for precise directions.
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 50 minutes to drive to the preserve.
Distance: About three miles
Terrain: Hikes in this area are said to be of moderate difficulty
Bring: Good walking shoes & water
For those who wish, we will stop at a nearby restaurant for lunch after the hike. When we meet to car pool at Publix please tell hike leader Gerald McDonald whether or not you will be attending lunch. That will allow him to set up proper car pooling.
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