Polk Trails Newsletter
October 2021
The Polk County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. They will be handling all youth sports, day camp, aquatic, and fitness programming. This frees US up to offer lots of new great programming for the county! If you would like to sign up for our general newsletter, email us: lbaird@polknc.org.

We will still be sending out these trails-only newsletters to keep everyone connected regarding the amazing work all of the trail groups are doing around Polk County.

Going forward, Laura Baird is the Outdoor Programs Coordinator. She will be handling all trail maintenance and volunteer workdays for the county, in addition to running the new programs, including hikes, campfires, etc. We are in the process of hiring a permanent director.

Polk County has been awarded the long-awaited PARTF grant! Now we can continue our mountain bike trail network, adding picnic areas and a bike repair station, continuing work on the Rec Complex by adding cornhole and horseshoe courts in addition to new playground equipment, and building an outdoor classroom with Polk County Middle School! For the full press release, click here!

On October 23, we will be holding our first group hike of the season. This hike is not for the beginner hiker! Join Neal on his favorite trail in Green River Gamelands on Saturday, October 23 at 8:30 am at the trailhead:
3772 Green River Cove Road in Saluda.
Bring plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch.
This hike will be 11-12 miles and will take at least 5 hours.
To RSVP, email lbaird@polknc.org.

Every month, community stakeholders meet to share updates about area trails. The meetings are open to the public and will be in person this month! Send us your questions and updates ahead of time if you can't make it!
Please note the day & time change: Laura has a conference on the usual meeting day!

TUESDAY October 19, 2021 05:30 PM
@ Saluda Outfitters, 435 E. Main Street, Saluda

Most trails, if they are open, may not have public facilities that are open, so check ahead of time. If you are sick, PLEASE stay home. If a trail is crowded, please travel to a different spot so you can practice social distancing. Other trail courtesies also still apply: keep dogs on-leash, take your trash with you, etc. Thanks for doing your part!

THURSDAY, October 28, 2-4 pm @ Rec Complex
TUESDAY, November 2, 2-4 pm @ ICC/Library Loop Trail
TUESDAY, November 9 2-4 pm @ Rec Complex
TUESDAY, November 16 2-4 pm @ Alexander Ford
If you would like to help us with trail work, please contact lbaird@polknc.org and we will let you know when additional workdays are scheduled. If you feel safer working on your own, feel free to walk a trail, picking up trash and moving small branches from the trails. Please don't cut any branches; if a trail needs more attention, email lbaird@polknc.org and we will take care of it or bring it to that trail manager's attention.

We manage trail work days, various partnerships and other trail-related initiatives in the county.
NEW!!! The online calendar has been updated for the month of October...check it out!
E-Mail contact information for us: lbaird@polknc.org