The Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, North Carolina; Landrum, South Carolina

Tryon, North Carolina

Morris the horse in downtown Tryon Tryon is famous for being one of the select retirement areas in the country and also voted one of the top ten rural towns in the United States. Known for its equestrian vents, Tryon was once the training center for the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team. “Morris the Horse,” a well-loved landmark stands downtown on the corner of Trade and Pacolet Streets and has proudly represented Tryon since 1928. He is both a symbol of the community’s love of horses and a replica of an era gone by when wooden toy horses just like him were made in Tryon and shipped to destinations all over the country.

Columbus, North Carolina

View of downtown Columbus, NC historic courthouse Columbus is the Polk County seat where the government offices and the historic 1857 Polk County Courthouse are located. The beautiful courthouse building is one of the oldest still in use in North Carolina and has been fully restored to its original grandeur. It is on the National Historic Register. One of the most sweeping views in the area can be seen from White Oak Mountain in Columbus.

Saluda, North Carolina

At the top of the famous Saluda Grade, Saluda is a unique community filled with art, crafts, antiques, restaurants and park. Don't miss the drive from Saluda to Tryon on Highway 176, now designated as a National Scenic By-Way. Downtown Saluda has been been recognized as a National Historic District. No trip to Saluda is complete without a visit to Pearson’s Falls (photo left,) a 268-acre botanical preserve of native forest, spring-fed streams and hiker-friendly ¼-mile trail to an impressive 90-foot waterfall.

Landrum, South Carolina

Landrum is nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents and visitors alike enjoy drives along scenic roads, strolling through unique antique and specialty shops, and dining in Landrum’s quaint eateries. It is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Piedmont.”