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!
- Horseback Trail Riding
- Horseback Riding Lessons
- Ziplining at the Gorge
- White Water Rafting
- Trout Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
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—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.
- The Gorge – Zipline
- Green River Adventures – Kayaking & hiking
- Green River Cove – Tubing & kayaking
- Cycling the mountains with Hincapie
- Extensive biking & hiking trails
- Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Events Horse Shows
- Block House Steeplechase
- Drive to scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
- Trout & lake fishing
- FENCE-Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center
- Harmon Field Horse Shows and Park
- Tryon Riding and Hunt Club
- Gibson Park Pool
- Hands On! Children’s Museum
- Hyder Peach Farms
- Strawberry Hill USA
- Numerous playgrounds
- Lakes for swimming