Historic Victorian Mountain Village in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where the Foothills End and the Blue Ridge Begins.
When you discover Saluda, be ready to be amazed by its authentic small-town charm, its casual pace and gracious community spirit. Stroll leisurely among tree-lined streets of lovely Victorian homes and browse the many distinctive shops, art and craft galleries, and delicious restaurants along historic Main Street. Walk into its century- old general stores, and get a whiff of glossy oil-stained, heart pine floors stirring up memories of times gone by. Get out and play in Saluda and enjoy all the outdoor adventures it has to offer including parks, walking tours, hiking, road biking, swimming, fishing, camping, zip-lining, and whitewater adventures in the Green River Gorge. Stay at one of the many B&B’s, mountain lodges, cottages, or cabins.
Since the turn of the 20th century, Saluda has been a favorite mountain destination to escape sweltering summer heat or a respite from the hectic pace of life? Nestled at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Mountain range, Saluda is a great place to enjoy seasonal beauty throughout the year.
Points of Interest
Discover the many wonderful things to see and do in and around the Saluda area. From a leisurely stroll, to enjoying art, culture and history, to adrenaline-rich outdoor pursuits, Saluda offers something for everyone.
Saluda Visitors Center – Located by Atkins Produce Stand just as you exit I-26, is Saluda’s charming Visitors Center. Make a quick stop and pick up information about restaurants, lodging, unique shops, walking tour maps, and other information about Saluda.
Saluda Grade Historical Marker – the Saluda Grade is the steepest standard gauge main-line railroad grade in the USA. Saluda sits at the crest of this grade and draws many railroad enthusiasts and historians.
Historic Downtown Main Street—Downtown is three blocks of century old establishments on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit distinctive shops, art and craft galleries, restaurants, bakery, coffee shops, brew depot, and antique stores.
Historic Thompson’s Store and Ward’s Grill – Oldest General store in NC and grill still owned and operated by the Ward and Thompson family since the turn of the 20th century.
M.A. Pace General Store – 100+ general store, hardware, and museum of times gone by.
Saluda Station - Where once the Saluda train depot received the throngs of seasonal visitors in search of good health and relaxation, the building has been restored and houses several shops in a unique setting rich with history and character. Known as Saluda Station, it is the area between the Saluda Public Library and City Hall.
Saluda Tailgate Market – Held May through October on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30. Located at the West Main Street Parking area. Local produce and products from Polk and Henderson County farmers and growers.
Saluda Center – A non-profit organization integrating services for senior citizens with cultural and community activities and events. The center hosts an Art Exhibit with reception monthly, bridge and dancing lessons, weekly movie matinees, guest speakers, and hosts a monthly community potluck with entertainment.
Bench Sitting – Favorite past time on Main Street.
Saluda Library – Full-service branch library, located at the north end of Saluda’s main street. We have books, DVDs, magazines, public computer access and Wi-Fi, and more.
Saluda School - Saluda Elementary is one of four schools chosen to serve as an A+ Case Study School for the NC A+ Schools Program! Pre-school to 5th grade.
Saluda’s Dog Park – Sponsored by the Saluda Community Land Trust to provide a green area within the city limits for dogs to socialize and exercise.
After Hours Entertainment
Purple Onion Café and Coffehouse –On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, enjoy live music by well known regional performing artists playing jazz, blues, folk, Americana, rock, and all types of music. Offer a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean's simple, healthful cuisine and a focus on freshness and local produce. Monthly wine tastings.
Saluda Grade Cafe– Friday nights Ole Timey Music. Featuring cuisine using fresh local ingredients, the Saluda Grade specializes in classics with a twist. Imported, domestic and local beers on tap, compliment an extensive wine list
The Party Place and Event Center – A 12,000 sq. ft. facility and climate controlled for everyone's comfort with a huge dance floor, a beautiful stage and state of the art sound system. Contact for private events.
Green River Brew Depot – This is a comfortable tap room conveniently located in Historic Downtown Saluda just behind Saluda City Hall. Features twelve craft beers from the western North Carolina area on tap and a number of bottled selections. Also offered is a respectable selection of wines. Events include live music and sports on the big screen.
Recreation and Outdoor Adventures
To view trails and locations for hiking, road biking, campgrounds, and whitewater adventures, please visit saluda.com/adventureguide. Saluda Adventure Guides are available for purchase at area businesses. Please look for decals in participating businesses.
McCreery Park – Children’s playground, gazebo, and picnic shelter in downtown Saluda.
Green River Adventures – Guided inflatable kayaking down the Green River and waterfall and rappel guided tours.
The Gorge™ Zip Line Canopy Tour - Begin your 2 1/2 hour trip perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge and plunge into untouched wilderness - featuring 11 zip lines, sky-bridges, and 3 free-fall rappels. THE GORGE offers participants the unique perspective of traveling from tree-top to tree-top on 125 acres of old-growth and protected forest. THE GORGE drops an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet from start of finish, with 90 mile panoramic views - overlooking 18,000 acres of Green River Gamelands.
Hiking and Waterfall s - Pearson’s Falls, Little Bradley Falls and Green River Cove Trail. Saluda Community Land Trust trails: The Missing 40 and The Bradley Preserve, Palmetto Trails: Poinsett Passage Reservoir and Saluda Mountains Passage. Several walking tours are available at saluda.com.
Birding, Wildflower Walks, Scenic Views – Several trails to view migrating birds and wildflowers. Scenic panoramic vistas of the Green River Gorge, Saluda Mountains, and 60+ mile long range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Wilderness Cove Tubing – Wilderness Cove Tubing offers whitewater tubing at its finest on the lower Green River! Each offered trip includes equipment rental, shuttle, life jacket and parking for one low rate. Enjoy cool water and a tubing experience unlike any other in the southeast! Affordable fun for everyone!
Campgrounds – Wilderness Cove Campground and Orchard Lake Campground.
Fishing – Fishing in the Pacolet and Green River. Fishing License: NC fishing regulations can be found by visiting www.ncwildlife.org or by consulting the Regulations Digest for NC Inland Fishing Hunting and Trapping at Green River Adventures, 111 E Main Street.
Walking Tours – Guide to historic buildings in the Historic District. Pick up from Visitors Center or businesses.