“Saluda” derived from the Cherokee “Tsaludiyi” or “green corn place.” Located in both Henderson and Polk counties, it is “where the foothills end and the Blue Ridge begins.”
The arrival of the Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad at Pace’s Gap in 1878 was the stimulus for the creation of the town of Saluda, sitting atop of the Saluda Grade known as the steepest standard line in the country until Norfolk Southern ceased operations on the line in 2001. Ease of travel provided by the railways connecting Charleston, Columbia and Spartanburg and the entire Southeast accelerated the town’s development, population 713 as of 2010’s census.
Alongside the now quiet tracks, visitors enjoy fine shops and galleries in the Old Depot and its neighboring Summer House. The main street is a stroll through time. Saluda’s 259-acre site known as Pearson’s Falls is a wonderland for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, hikers and picnickers alike. For more daring outdoor enthusiasts, the nearby Green River offers challenging whitewater kayaking and ziplining at the Green River Gorge.
Saluda, NC is a short drive to neighboring Hendersonville and about a 30 minute drive to Asheville with easy access to I-26 and Hwy 176. It is only 37 or so miles to Spartanburg, SC with easy access to I-85.
With all that Saluda has to offer, consider it home today!