First a mere crossroads for traders and drovers after the Civil War, then a thriving railroad town and refuge for summer visitors wishing to escape the heat of hotter climes, Saluda has evolved into today’s modern community that includes more than a dozen resident artists and galleries.
Like A Step Back In Time
But part of its charm is that this small Blue Ridge mountain town hasn’t changed…that much…since it was founded in 1881. Although the train no longer runs through Saluda, people still come here from many places seeking a quieter lifestyle, one reminiscent of the town’s past. Coming into town, you’ll discover it has one main street, with shops, galleries, restaurants, and many historical buildings blended with newer additions that give Saluda a quaint, rustic feel but with a modern flair.
Saluda is a town not only with a rich history, but also one that offers a sense of place and community to visitors and residents alike. The Historic Saluda Committee has produced a video, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, which captures the oral histories of a number of the community’s elders. It has also created a website that includes excerpts from the film, as well as history of the town, the railroad, historic homes and inns, historic post cards and photos and more.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls and botanical areas in the region, Pearson’s Falls, is located nearby.
Festivals & Events
Saluda has two family friendly fun festivals each year. The annual Saluda Arts Festival in May attracts more than 45 juried artists from all over western North Carolina and South Carolina.
Coon Dog Day in July. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.
Farmers Tailgate Market
The Saluda Tailgate Market runs from May through October, every Friday 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Located in Saluda’s public parking lot on West Main Street.
For more information
Polk County Travel & Tourism
Saluda Visitor Center
20 W. Main Street Suite 1, Saluda, NC