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 These brochures have been replaced by the maps and trail descriptions contained on this site.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 2019
|Please note that The Reserve Club is actively working on the completion of the Hollow Creek golf course. Since there will be heavy machinery on site, it is advisable to avoid the Hollow Creek Trail (HCT) in this area. Do not access the HCT via the temporary access trail that starts at the end of Commonwealth Way and do not walk on the HCT from where the access trail meets it and through to the trail head at White Dogwood Lane. You can still safely walk the HCT from Anderson Pond Road through to where the construction begins, but then you must turn back. This work will likely be going on until the end of August.
Nature, Natural History and Hiking on the Coastal Plain
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30 am
Description: Rivers Bridge State Historic Park marks the site of one of the first battles of the Confederacy in South Carolina against General William T Sherman as he swept across the South and our State. Of all the Civil War sites in South Carolina, the Battle of River Bridges is the only one that is home to a preserved battlefield including still intact earthen fortifications. You won’t want to miss this hike. In addition to the unique battlefield, we will hike in the park and will stop from time to time to enjoy some of the unique flora and fauna that is found in South Carolina’s coastal plain. Rivers Bridges State Historic Park is located southeast of Barnwell and about 1 hour, 5 minutes from Aiken. The address for the Rivers Bridge State Historic Park is: 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt, SC 29081.
Meeting Place: We will meet at the Publix parking lot along East Gate Drive to park and arrange for carpooling and directions. We plan to depart at 8:30am.
Distance: 3 to 3.5 miles of hiking with stops for breaks.
Terrain: The Historic Park is flat with groomed trails.
Lunch: For those who are interested, the hike leader will try to arrange for lunch at a restaurant in a nearby small town. You must contact Gerald McDonald by February 21st if you want to go to lunch
Bring: Comfortable shoes, and a snack. There are picnic tables around the park office that can be used if anymore wants to bring a bagged lunch.
Lake Springs Trail at Lake Strom Thurmond Georgia
Description: See beautiful lake views as we walk along the shoreline of lake Strom Thurmond. The starting point is located a short distance from the information center on the Georgia side of the dam. We will first stop at the information center for a bathroom break and organizing before driving to the trail head. You can also view the interesting displays about the dam while you are there. The information center is located about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Aiken.
Meeting Place: At the information center on the Georgia side of the Lake Strom Thurmond dam at 10.00 am. If you want to car pool please meet the hike leaders at The Village at Woodside parking area behind the Village Fitness Centre at 8.45 am. We will leave promptly at 8.45 am in order to rendezvous at 10.00 am with those that drive directly to the information center. If you decide to drive directly to the information center please let one of the hike leaders know – we don’t want to leave anyone behind!
Lunch: At California Dreaming in Augusta Georgia. You must contact Lee DeHart by March 29th if you want to go to lunch.
Distance: 4.8 miles
Tree Identification Hike
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9.00 am
Hike leader: Gerald McDonald, 803-270-3310, 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 and a wooden walkway through a bog 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 two miles 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 City of 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 and park your car on Cottonwood Creek Lane at the intersection of Woodside Plantation Drive. From here it’s a short walk to the Creek Walk.
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: Flat and easy walking.
Bring: Water. This hike was originally scheduled twice in 2018 but was canceled both times due to wet weather conditions. Let us hope for better weather this time!
SPECIAL HIKES THAT YOU MAY LIKE
Saturday Morning Hikes in Hitchcock Woods with Lee Dehart
In conjunction with the Woodside Plantation Club, Lee Dehart organizes a series of Saturday morning hikes in Hitchcock Woods. The group 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 firstname.lastname@example.org