a list of fun Things to do in Saluda
There are so many fun things to do in Saluda. Though the town is just a small blip on a map, it’s packed with great restaurants, charming shops and countless outdoor adventures. You can read more about it in our ultimate guide to Saluda, NC.
You’ll find everything from ziplining to river tubing. There are also a few annual festivals in Saluda that bring visitors from both near and far.
This guide to fun things to do in Saluda covers all of these and more!
Shop and Dine in Charming Downtown Saluda
Saluda is the perfect destination for strolling around a cute mountain town.
Not only are there several awesome restaurants in Saluda but there are also a ton of local shops. And pretty much all of it is located in the same stretch of downtown Saluda.
We recommend grabbing a coffee and cinnamon roll from Wakey Monkey before venturing down the charming Main Street.
Play at Downtown Saluda’s Playground
Downtown Saluda has the perfect playground just across from all of the shops and restaurants. We love grabbing coffee and breakfast from Wakey Monkey and then popping across the street to McCreery Park to let our boys run around.
You’ll find a climbing structure, swings, slides and a really great view of downtown Saluda.
Visit The Saluda Historic Depot and Museum
Located in downtown Saluda, the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum was first a train depot, then a retail space and today serves as a train and heritage museum.
You’ll find various exhibits on the town and trains, including a diorama of eras of railroading in the area. There is also a visitor’s center and a gift shop.
The Saluda Historic Depot is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The museum is free to the public, though voluntary donations are appreciated.
Outdoor Things To Do In Saluda, NC
Green River Adventures
If you are looking for outdoor fun in Saluda, head to Green River Adventures!
They are the go-to resource for all things whitewater, waterfall rappelling, paddleboarding, kayaking and even ziplining.
They make it easy to choose the right adventure for you by breaking the options down by experience level, physical activity required and the adrenaline level.
Green River Adventures is closed November – April.
Zipline through the forest
If you enjoy beautiful views and wild adventures, add The Gorge’s zipline experience to your list. They are located just next to Saluda and offer one of the best zipline tours near Asheville.
The Gorge is actually a part of Green River Adventures and is one of the steepest, fasted zipline canopy tours in the US. Their tour is best suited for those over 10 and all participants must be in the weight range (70-250 pounds.)
Green River Gorge
If you are looking for a great adventure spot near Saluda, head to The Green River Gorge. The Gorge runs through over 10,000 acres set aside for wildlife conservation and management.
This area, known as the Green River Game Lands, includes 16 miles of challenging hiking trails, river access for tubing, kayaking and even whitewater rafting.
If you aren’t experienced or don’t have the equipment, definitely check out Green River Adventures to make sure you are ready for your own adventure.
You can access the Green River Gorge using exit 59 from I-26. Head east and then take a left onto Green River Cove Road. Take this windy road north to the Green River Cove Trailhead. Green River Cove Tubing (below) is located just down from here.
Green River Cove Tubing
Don’t miss your chance to cool off on a hot day with a float down Green River Cove Tubing. The access point is actually located about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Saluda. Prices are $10 for three miles (2-2.5 hours) and $15 for six miles (4-4.5 hours.) This includes tube rental. They won’t shuttle you if you bring your own!
Children need to be 42″ tall and should also be experienced swimmers. The river can get a bit rough at times toward the end so plan to wear a life jacket!
Little Bradley Falls
Little Bradley Falls is a great hike with a waterfall view near Saluda. It’s a 1.8 mile out-and-back trail. The trail actually crosses a creek, so prepare for that! You’ll ideally have some water shoes for the crossing.
This trail is considered moderate and is open year-round.
Pearson’s Falls and Glen
Another waterfall hike near downtown Saluda! Pearson’s Falls and Glen is actually less than a 10-minute drive from the main downtown area and offers a .25-mile hiking trail to a 90-foot waterfall. There is a $5 entrance fee for those over 12.
Their Walk the Webster Way Trail is 20 minutes and the hike to the falls is about 30 minutes. The falls hike is moderate.
There are also over 300 species of wildflowers and plants, some of which are rare.
One thing to keep in mind when planning your visit is that pets are not allowed at Pearson’s Falls. It’s a botanical park with several rare native plants. Keep your four-legged friends at home!
Festivals in Saluda, NC
Saluda Arts Festival (May)
The Saluda Arts Festival takes place every spring and stretches along historic Main Street in downtown Saluda. You’ll find the work of over 90 artists with everything from paintings to pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures and more.
The next Saluda Arts Festival is scheduled for May 20, 2023.
Coon Dog Day Festival (July)
A festival in honor of the beloved dog brees and as a celebration for the city. The event includes a 5K race, live music, a parade and even an AKC Registered Coon Hound Dog Show. There are craft vendors, food booths, games, ridges and pure American hometown happiness.
The festival is held annually on the Saturday after July 4. The next Coon Dog Day Festival will be July 8, 2023.