TRAIL NEWS AND INFORMATION
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Woodside Trail Group Hike Program for October thru December 2022 Period
North Augusta Greenway and Brick Pond
When: Saturday Oct 1, 2022 meeting at 9.45 am for an 11.00 am start
Hike Leader: Jim Pierce Email: email@example.com Phone 803-635-0513
Description: The North Augusta Greenway is a popular hiking and biking trail in North Augusta. We will take a 3-mile circular walk along a portion of the trail which will include a short excursion on unpaved trails thru Brick Pond. See PowerPoint Presentation (northaugustasc.gov) Brick’s Pond is where a number of baby alligators have recently been observed. For those that desire lunch, near the end of our walk we will briefly leave the Greenway and walk to THE LARDER a restaurant which borders the trail. See The Hammond’s Ferry Larder (hflarder.com). After that we will return to the trail and proceed back to our cars. Those not wanting lunch can just proceed on to their cars. If you want to have lunch you must register with the hike leader by September 28th so he can inform the restaurant.
Meeting Place: At the parking area at the Hammond’s Ferry Soccer Complex. Washrooms are available there. If you want to car pool please meet in the parking area near the Village of Woodside fitness complex.
Meeting time: At the Soccer Complex: At 9.45 am for a 10 am start. For Car Pooling: At 8.45 am to leave at 9.00 am to drive to the Greenway.
Distance: 3 Miles
Terrain: The Greenway is a wide paved trail. Trails in Brick pond are unpaved but very walkable. The entire route is fairly flat.
Bring: Water, good sneakers, maybe a hiking stick.
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Gibson’s Pond Park and The Winery at Mercer House Lexington SC
When: Saturday October 22, 2022 at 10.45 am for an 11.00 am start.
Hike Leader: Cheryl Murga Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 732-278-4837
Description: We will start this outing with a short warmup ½ mile stroll in Lexington’s Gibson Park. Although short, this is a very pretty trail. Following that, we will drive to the Winery at Mercer House to continue our adventure. This is one of the oldest wineries in South Carolina. We will enjoy a good paced [or a leisurely stroll, if you desire] walk thru the 5 acres of paths around the winery. Bring coolers and a packed lunch or snacks to eat on the outside deck or seated inside the winery. Buy a glass of wine or a wine slushy to go with your lunch. Wine tastings are also available for purchase. For more about the winery see https://thewinerymercerhouse.business.site
Meeting Place: At Gibson Park 241 Gibson Rd, Lexington SC at 10.45 am. After exploring Gibson Park, we will drive to the winery [15 minutes]. Address: 397 Walter Raul Rd. Lexington SC 29072. The drive from Aiken to Gibson Park is a little over one hour. If you wish to join in a car pool, meet at the Publix parking lot on East Gate Drive at 9.15 am to leave for Gibson Park at 9.30 am.
Lunch: Bring your own lunch to eat at the winery.
Distance: Gibson Park Trail – 0.5 miles; Winery Trails – 2.5 miles.
Terrain: Gibson Park – flat and paved; Winery trails – dirt with some ups & downs
Bring: Good sneakers or hiking boots, water, hiking stick.
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Hollow Creek Trail Loop & Geocache Hike
When: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 9:00am start
Hike Leader[s]: Dick and Tracy Spaeth, 585-727-4212, email@example.com
Description: Starting from the parking area near Anderson Pond dam, we will hike the loop in a counter clockwise direction. There are some nice views of Anderson Pond and a remote wooded area of about 2 miles before we skirt several holes of the Hollow Creek golf course. Leaving the golf course, we will once again walk along the opposite shore of the pond and back to the cars. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Included in this “adventure” will be a hunt for a geocache. If you are not familiar with geocaching, it is the art of finding a box [or cache] based on the coordinates of its location. It is a sport enjoyed by many people worldwide. If you have a GPS or cell phone supporting a map application, please bring it and we will show you how to use it to find the cache. Caches usually contain several trinkets and a log book. The idea is to find the cache take a trinket, leave one of your own in its place, and leave a note for others to see in the log book. Please register a week ahead with hike leaders for a follow-up email describing the geocaching smartphone application (c:geo) in more detail. You might also wish to investigate the https://www.geocaching.com/ website for more information.
Meeting Place: Meet at the parking area off Anderson Pond Road just before you get to the dam. If you cross the dam, you have gone too far. From within the Woodside community exit the Anderson Pond gate, turn left and go about one mile to the parking area. Please note that parking at the access point may be limited if there is a good turnout. In that case additional parking can be found on both sides of the road by the dam. You can also park along the road but be sure to pull well off the road.
Distance: About 4 miles
Terrain: A couple of ups and downs but mainly flat easy walking. May be wet sections if rain occurs before the hike.
Bring: Water and a snack and good boots if it is wet. Walking stick if desired.
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Classic Hitchcock Woods
When: Saturday December 10, 2022 at 9.30 am
Hike Leader: Debby Smist Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 413-204-8146
Description: Our hike will include the most classic features of Hitchcock Woods. We will walk up Cathedral Aisle which was part of longest railroad in the world in the 1800’s. Then we will see the site of the Tea Cottage which was a place of entertainment until it was destroyed in late 1970’s. Finally, on to the Chalk Cliffs which is very unique and resembles the walls of canyons out west (on a much smaller scale!) Maybe we will get lucky and see the Hitchcock Hounds!
Meeting Place: Meet in large Stable parking lot off Dibble Road.
Meeting time: 9:15 am for 9:30 start
Distance: Approximately 3.5 miles
Terrain: Much of the route is flat but there are some uphill sections and areas where there is sand underfoot
Bring: Water. Hiking Boots or good walking sneakers, walking stick, snack.
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Third Annual Clear the Cobwebs Hike [HEADS UP]
When: Sunday Jan 1, 2023 at 1.45 pm for a 2.00 pm start
Hike Leader: Jim Pierce; 803-634-0513; email@example.com
Description: Come out and clear your News Eve’s cobwebs on our 3rd annual “Clear the Cobwebs” hike. We will take an easy going 2-mile jaunt around Woodside’s Oakman Trail. This would also be a great hike to introduce any New Year’s visitors to one of Woodside’s most pleasant walks. After the hike, we will all stop to toast the New Year. Suitable beverages will be provided and, as in past years, I hope we will have many cookie donations from those participating in the hike. There is a big picnic table located where we will stop for these celebrations. Dogs on a leach are welcome but you must supply your own doggy snacks! Put this outing 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. If you find parking tight, you can also park along the maintenance road. If you are bringing cookies you might want to arrive early and take them to the picnic table. In that case stay there – we will meet you at the picnic table.
Distance: About 2 miles
Terrain: A couple of ups and downs but mainly flat easy walking.
Bring: Water and wear good sneakers or boots. Perhaps a walking stick. If it rains previous to the hike the trail may have wet sections. Cookies to share would be welcome.