To help you plan your visit, here is a list of airports, businesses and services that will support you in making your way to the First Peak of the Blue Ridge.
AAA Airport Shutle
Transportation to Charlotte, Greenville, Spartanburg, Asheville, and out of town trips. Transportation for shopping, doctor's visits, errands and more. Prompt service. Courteous drivers.
Asheville Regional Airport
Asheville Regional Airport is just one option for flying into Western North Carolina. Polk County and the towns of Tryon, Columbus and Historic Saluda are a quick 40-minute drive away.
Blue Ridge Mountain Host
Blue Ridge Mountain Host features a beautiful 10-county region of Western North Carolina. Visit our website to plan your visit to the area and learn more about the 10 counties we cover. We offer details on what to see and do, where to stay and eat, how to get here and events across the region.
Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital
Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital provides a professional, compassionate, environment for your dogs, cats, birds, and exotic mammals. Our staff is well-qualified and caring in order to make what is best for your pet their highest priority.
Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is committed to ensuring the continuous, healthy growth of Polk County, including, quality education, quality health care and a healthy business climate.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a popular option for flights to get you to the First Peak of the Blue Ridge and Polk County. The beautiful small towns of Tryon, Columbus and Historic Saluda are an easy drive, only an hour and a half away.
Detailed Road Map of First Peak Area
View this interactive road map of the First Peak area, including all of Polk County, NC and nearby areas of South Carolina. Switch views for detailed maps of the towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus, NC plus Landrum, SC.
Driving Distances to the First Peak of the Blue Ridge
The intersection of I-26 and Hwy. 74 (also a 4 lane, divided highway) makes getting to The First Peak of the Blue Ridge very easy. You can day trip from Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville/Spartanburg, and Columbia (but why would you rush back when you can have a wonderful night away?)
Emergency Care Animal Hospital
When you are away from home and need emergency care for a pet it is good to know help is close by. We are Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital. Offering 24-hour continuous care and emergency after hours treatment.
First Peak Visitor Center
Located in the county seat of Columbus, the Polk County Visitor Center provides a wealth of information about the county and surrounding areas. Stop in for brochures on everything from scenic attractions and local wineries to accommodations and restaurants, plus area maps.
Fishing in Polk County
There's great fishing in Polk County! Why not bring along a child and introduce them to fishing in waters where the fishing tends to be a little easier and a whole lot of fun.
Geocaching and Letterboxing and Questing
The First Peak of the Blue Ridge is host to many geocaches and finds, from those just off exit ramps to those that encourage you to explore the area and delve a little deeper into our beautiful countryside. If you're new to geocaching, check out info on how to get started.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Located in Upstate South Carolina, midway between the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg on I-85 (Exit 57). GSP has grown into one of the finest airports in the country, steadily meeting the Upstate's ever-increasing needs.
I-26 Welcome Center
Located just inside the state line on I-26 coming in from Spartanburg, South Carolina. You will find a wealth of information on North Carolina to help you plan your trip. Call for information and assistance.
Kellogg Conference Center
After visiting historic Hendersonville, drive five more miles to this 50-acre conference center. On the grounds are the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design with changing exhibits plus a 1-mile trail featuring several ecologies plus outdoor art.
Established in the winter of 1889, The Lanier Library is the oldest institution in Polk County and one of only sixteen membership libraries in the United States.
Pacolet River Scenic Byway
Drive along this scenic 10-mile byway that follows the Pacolet River from Tryon to historic Saluda. View waterfalls, wildflowers, and beautiful vistas. Take US 176 North from Tryon or South from Saluda.
Polk County Public Library
Our public library is a great resource for books of all types, as well as videos, magazines and newspapers. Check out our summer reading program for the kids. You can also use our computers to access your e-mail or do on-line searches.
Polk County Transportation Authority
Trapped without a car? There is a better way from here to there. Schedule pick-up and drop off for errands or shopping. PCTA travels throughout the County and outside the County. Senior citizens ride FREE. Call for rates and to schedule.
Saluda Public Library
The Saluda Library is a branch of the Polk County Public Library. We are located on Main St. in downtown Saluda. Come by and visit us when you are in town. We are open Monday- Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For scenery, take Houston Road out of Columbus (stay right at fork), turn left onto White Oak Mountain Road and drive to the top, passing Shunkawauken Falls. Continue on the gravel road to Sunset Rock with its expansive views. Spend a few minutes and snap a photo, then head back the way you came.
The City of Landrum
The City of Landrum was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1912. Located just west of Interstate 26 between Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina, the City of Landrum is nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains.