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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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
Kalmia Trail, Hitchcock Woods Saturday May 12th
On Saturday May 12 Lee DeHart will lead a hike to see the Kalmia on the Kalmia Trail in Hitchcock Woods. This is part of Lee’s regular Saturday morning hikes in Hitchcock Woods. Lee reports that the Kalmia should be at their peak and that this year the show is quite good. To join Lee meet at the Woodside Plantation Club at 10:00 am to carpool to the South Boundary entrance to the Woods. If you wish, join the group for lunch after the hike at the Highland Park Grille located at the Aiken Golf Club, 555 Highland Park Drive SW. 803 641 2094 please let Lee know by Wednesday May 9th . Lee’s email and phone number are shown below.
Audubon Society Lands – May 19th 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: May 19th at 9.30 am
Hike leader: Lee Dehart – phone: 757-759-2395 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SPECIAL HIKES & OUTINGS THAT YOU MAY LIKE
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 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 email@example.com.