Head up the Saluda grade, the steepest grade east of the Mississippi, and you’ll come upon Saluda, quaint village with an energetic vibe. The railroad used to come to Saluda, moving goods from Charleston to Asheville. Now the grade is perfect for outdoor adventure. Trail hiking, biking, and running are amped up by the steep grade. It also makes an exciting run in a kayak and attracts paddlers from all over the world.

Whether your interests are going on a thrilling zip line canopy adventure like the one offered at the famous Green River Gorge, playing world-class mountain golf courses, or simply engaging in equestrian events all year round … we’ve got it all!




The Sporting Lifestyle


The south’s big cities may get all the splash and buzz, but for in-the-know travelers, Our Carolina Foothills’ small towns are the best-kept secrets. In a time when “authentic” is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and dare we say sophisticated— an array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings.

Is there a downside to all this small town regeneration? Narrowing down this list to just your favorites. Our new generation of small towns can boast great local eats from local farms, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions and a growing list of outdoor adventures. The result is a list that should inspire travelers of all walks to fill up the gas tank and hit the road for Our Carolina Foothills.



For Kids

Gibson Park Pool

Hands On! Children’s Museum

Hyder Peach Farms

Strawberry Hill USA

Numerous playgrounds

Lakes for swimming



Links o’ Tryon

Meadowbrook Golf Club

Red Fox Country Club

Tryon Country Club - Donald Ross Course

Kids: Tryon Country Club pool



Pearson’s Falls

Little Bradley Falls

Big Bradley Falls

Melrose Falls

Polk trails website is informative & should probably be lined to

Woodland Park

Vaughn Creek Greenway