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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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, visit  https://woodsidetrailwalker.weebly.com/maps.html

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!

TRAIL NEWS

NEWS —  POWER LINE TRAIL [PLT]
We have a new trail in Woodside. Over the summer we obtained permission from the Woodside Development Company to install a trail behind hole eleven and the cart path between holes 11 and 12 of the Hollow Creek golf course. This is a completely wooded area for a shady walk any time of year. Part of the trail follows a power line and hence its name. A group of six WTG members put in the trail. That included clearing out a path about 3 to 4 feet wide, blazing the trail with blue paint, building a small bridge over a creek, and installing signage. The trail is now open for your exploration. To access it start at the trail head parking near the Reserve Club maintenance shed. You will come to sign pointing to the PLT. The path is shared with the Mill Road and Hollow Creek trails until they split from one another just after the bridge. The trail from the trail head and back is about 1.5 miles but don’t let its length fool you. It is quite hilly and will offer a good workout!

Many thanks to all how helped build this trail and particularly to Mike Walsh and Jim Lefebvre who cleared the initial route, to Dave Day, Philip Nunes, and David Slaunwhite who built the bridge and helped in the blazing. Special thanks to Scott Lycett of the Development Company who helped determine the route and provided all the lumber for building the bridge. Our thanks also to the Development Company’s Wesley Elijah for approving the funding for the signage.

Our initial hike this season will be on the Power Line Trail.

Parking for Oakman, Hollow Creek, and Mill Road Trails
All the above trails have now been extended to the new parking area just outside the Reserves Golf Club’s maintenance area near the junction of Woodside Plantation Drive and West Pleasant Colony. Road signs to trail head parking are installed at the corner of West Pleasant Colony and the maintenance road and further along the maintenance road to indicate the parking area. Please note that this area is also used as a “lay down” area by the Reserve Golf Club and you will often see piles of stones, dirt, and debris in the area. These materials will come and go as they are used or await removal from the area but you should have ample area in which to park. As part of the reconfiguration of these trails “No Parking” signs have been installed on White Dogwood. Please use the new parking area rather than parking along White Dogwood.

The rebuilding of the bridge near the Hollow Creek Trail access point at the end of White Dogwood is now complete and you can once again access the HCT form the parking area near the maintenance area. The Development Company still plans to improve this parking area and to install an information Kiosk nearby.

Woodside Trail Group Hiking Program  2021

Power Line Trail

When:  Saturday September 11, 2021 meeting at 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start.
Hike Leaders: Jim Lefebvre email: gotojim@bellsouth.net phone: 803-643-7804 and Jim Pierce email: jbpierce649@outlook.com phone: 803-634 0513

Description: An inaugural hike on a brand-new Woodside Trail! The trail is located just below Hollow Creek golf hole 11 and the cart path between Hollow Creek 11 & 12. This figure 8 trail is not long but nevertheless challenging because of the hills. Over the summer several WTG members and the Woodside Development Company constructed this trail and it is now open to all. Part of the trail passes near a power line – hence its name. Dogs on a leach are okay.

Meeting Place: We will meet in the “parking area” just off the road leading to the Reserve Club golf maintenance shed. This is very close to the junction of West Pleasant Colony, East Pleasant Colony, and Woodside Plantation Drive. Signs point the way. Don’t let any piles of stone or debris discourage you. If you find parking tight, you can also park along the maintenance road. This is the area where our permanent trail head parking and trail kiosk will eventually be located.
Distance: 1.4 miles
Terrain: Hilly, mostly through a forested area. There will be lots of shade. We will hike the trail so that we are descending on the steepest parts. This is a new trail and we did our best to get out all the roots etc. but there still may be some obstacles.
Bring:  Good sneakers or hiking boots, water

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Savannah River Bluffs North Augusta

When:  Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start

Hike Leaders: Cheryl Murga 732-278-4837 ibid137@icloud.com

Adela Chow 803-599-6177 Chow_aiken@yahoo.com

Description:  The trail is short but a little challenging. Climb 1.5 miles to a bluff that overlooks the Savannah River then down to the riverside. For a longer [3.0 mile] hike and different views you can do the hike again in the reverse direction. The best part is the view at the river. Beautiful trail, canopy and foliage along the route. Dogs welcome.

Meeting Place: Savannah River Bluffs Preserve Old Plantation Road, North Augusta, SC. From SC exit 1 on I 20 near border of South Carolina & Georgia, drive south on SC 230 for 0.4 mile. Turn right onto Old Plantation Road, just past the 76 Service station, at the “Wildlife Viewing Area” sign. At the fork turn right and parking area is 0.3 miles down on left. You can also meet at the Fireworks center on the entrance road and carpool up to the entrance. See https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/savannah-river-bluffs-heritage-preserve

If you are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and want to car pool from Aiken an alternative meeting place is the parking area for the Woodside Village Fitness Centre and Doctor’s offices. Meet there at 9.00 am. The trip from Aiken takes about 30 minutes.

Lunch: If you want to have lunch or a snack at the river’s edge, it’s really beautiful. Bring something to sit on, such as a towel. There’s a waffle house across from the Sprint on the main road upon exit from the preserve if anyone is interested. Downtown North Augusta is also close by.

Distance: 1.5 miles [3.0 miles if done twice]

Terrain: Somewhat challenging and provides a decent workout. Canopy covered mixed terrain. Uphill to bluffs, mostly wide clean trails and down via some stone stepping to river, crossing of bridges and walking along streams and some narrower trails on return. Very lush. Lots to view.

Bring:  Good sneakers or hiking boots, water, snack. A walking stick might be helpful.

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 Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

 When: October 23, 2021 at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start

Hike Leader: Debby Smist email: debsmist@gmail.com Phone: 413-204-8146

Description: Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve is located near Pelion, South Carolina and features the highest waterfall [20 feet] in the South Carolina coastal plain! You will be amazed to see very large boulders in this area. This is the on the South Carolina ridge line where the old Atlantic Ocean met the North American land mass. There are several trails in the preserve that are good for all skill levels. Debby will check them out before the hike and choose something between 3 and 4 miles that includes the highlights of the area. Dogs are able to use the trail but must be kept on leash.

Meeting Place: At the trail head just off highway 6. Take highway 302 east out of Aiken and follow it thru Wagener and then Pelion. Pelion is a good place to stop for a washroom break. Proceed on 302 to its junction with highway 6. Turn right at highway 6 and the trail head is on the left about a mile further along highway 6. Alternatively, if you are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and want to car pool from Aiken meet at the Publix parking lot at 8.15 am for an 8.30 am start. The trail head is about one hour from Aiken.

Lunch:  On our previous hike to Peachtree Rock, on our way home, we stopped for lunch at The Little Bake Shop 135 Main Street North in Wagener. They specialize in baked goods and very tasty sandwiches. If you wish to have lunch, please let Debby know – it is a small place and they would appreciate knowing how many are coming.

Distance: A 3-to-4-mile loop
Terrain: Some small hills but mainly flat. Several areas are fairly open. Do not count on a lot of shade. The trails are usually dry.

Bring:  Good sneakers or hiking boots, water, snack.

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Hitchcock Woods Western Section

 When: November 13, 2021 at 8.45 am for a 9 am start

Hike Leader: David Slaunwhite email: dadonfoot@yahoo.com Phone: 858-926-8793

Description: Most people do not hike the Western Section of Hitchcock Woods as it is very sandy which makes hiking more strenuous.  However, there are smaller firmer trails that we will explore. David is very familiar with Hitchcock Woods and always helps us explore little trail gems that others ignore. He is also expert on the flowers growing in the Woods so hopefully there will be some late blooming wildflowers to enjoy.

Meeting Place: The large parking lot at the Stables at 2180 Dibble Road SW. Take Hwy 118 to Cold Creek Nurseries and turn right onto Dibble Road. The meeting area is just a short way along Dibble Road and is on your right.

Distance: 3-4 miles

Terrain: Relatively flat. Some sandy areas.

Bring: Hat and water

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Second Annual Clear the Cobwebs Hike [HEADS UP]

When: Saturday Jan 1, 2022 at 1.45 pm for a 2.00 pm start

Hike Leader: Jim Pierce; 803-634-0513; jbpierce649@outlook.com

Description: If you celebrated a bit too much on New Year’s Eve and want to clear those cobwebs here is the hike for you. We will take an easy going 2-mile jaunt around Woodside’s Oakman Trail. This would also be a great hike to introduce any kids or grandkids to one of Woodside’s most pleasant walks. Near the end of the hike, we will all stop to toast the New Year. If the Covid-19 situation allows we will provide suitable beverages and some cookies. There is a big picnic table located where we will stop. If you plan to attend cookie donations would be welcome. Dogs on a leach are welcome but you must supply your own doggy snacks! More about this outing later but you might want to put it on your calendar now.

Meeting Place: We will meet in the “parking area” just off the road leading to the Reserve Club golf maintenance shed. This is very close to the junction of West Pleasant Colony, East Pleasant Colony, and Woodside Plantation Drive. Signs point the way. Don’t let any piles of stone or debris discourage you. If you find parking tight, you can also park along the maintenance road. This is the area where our permanent trail head parking and trail kiosk will eventually be located.

Distance: About 2 miles

Terrain: A couple of ups and downs but mainly flat easy walking.

Bring: Water and wear good sneakers or boots. If it rains previous to the hike the trail may have wet sections. Cookies to share would be welcome.

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