Western North Carolina is famous for its gorgeous mountain scenery. Babbling brooks wind through dense forests, and our gorgeous landscape brings thousands of visitors every year. It’s even better when events that celebrate our area come to town! Green River Games is a collection of athletic events that celebrate the Green River Gorge. Check it out during your stay at Orchard Inn!
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About the Green River Games
The stunning Green River sets the stage for the Green River Games. Every spring, athletes are invited to compete among some of the most beautiful scenery in Western North Carolina. Since its start in 2013, it has become an event loved by both adventure and nature enthusiasts alike. The games themselves are split into two weekends: biking and running.
RUN Weekend is just that– a weekend of running! Explore the gorgeous terrain around the Green River with a variety of running events. The weekend completes a stage race, meaning there are multiple races over multiple days. Keep in mind that these races don’t take place on your typical paved running track, so you could be traversing over gravel or uneven terrain.
If you are a biking enthusiast, make sure you’re in town for BIKE Weekend. There are multiple bike races throughout the weekend, so there’s something for everyone! If you like to go offroading, the GRG Mountainbike Enduro is for you. Athletes are timed in three downhill stages. The Alleycat Challenge is perfect for road bikers– there is a little bit of route finding so you can make it to each checkpoint before the end of the race. Lastly, the E-Bike Scramble is a five-lap short course for Class 1 Pedal Assist Bikes.
Where Do the Green River Games Take Place?
The Green River Games take place practically in our own backyard! Green River Ranch, an event space here in Saluda, serves as the home base. It’s just a quick 15-minute drive from our inn!
Where to Stay During the Green River Games
Are you thinking of attending the Green River Games? You’ll need somewhere to stay during all of your adventures! There’s no better place to stay in Saluda than Orchard Inn. Our mountaintop retreat is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate before embarking on your next competition.
Each morning, you can wake up to a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast to start your day off right. Enjoy your day of games, then come back and relax in your cozy accommodations. Every room, suite, and cottage at our inn has stunning views of the surrounding mountains or forest! Browse our accommodations and start planning your getaway today. We can’t wait to host you!