For outdoor enthusiasts, summertime means longer days, warmer weather, and the perfect conditions for adventure. Escape to the mountains and discover all the best things to do in Saluda, NC, in the summer this year. Hike through lush, forested mountain tops. Fly through the treetops on a zipline tour. Or board a train for an insightful excursion along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Read on to learn more about our favorite things to do this time of year. Then, be sure to get a free copy of our Western North Carolina Vacation Guide for even more travel planning suggestions.
4 of the Best Things to Do near Saluda, NC, in the Summer
1. Climb Grandfather Mountain
The best way to spend your time in the mountains of North Carolina is climbing Grandfather Mountain. Located in Linville, NC, this mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge. The views are full of wildflowers, greenery, and wildlife. While there, don’t miss the Mile High Swinging Bridge, which will give you a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge.
2. Cruise Along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
One attraction for all ages is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Starting in Bryson City, NC, the railroad offers a variety of excursions. One is the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, which takes you from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge and back. This 88-mile trip takes 4 1/2 hours and will deposit you at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where you can use your 1-hour layover to check out the river or sightsee. Passengers on the train can enjoy bluegrass music and Appalachian stories along the way.
3. Soar Through the Mountaintops
Adventurous types can’t pass up the Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour. The 3 1/2 hour trip begins at the Green River Gorge and will take you through North Carolina’s beautiful wilderness. The tour features 11 zip lines, three huge rappels, and a sky bridge. You will plunge through 14,000 acres and 1,100 vertical feet. There are some requirements so please check the website before booking.
Travel Tip: The Orchard Inn offers a North Carolina Adventure Package for thrill-seekers. One of the adventure options in our package is this Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour.
4. Embark on a Brews Cruise
Are you passionate about beer? Check out the Brews Cruise in Asheville, NC. You can choose between a mobile or a walking tour and sample some of the nation’s best craft beers. While on this tour, you will learn all about different beer styles and the beer brewing process. There are many options to choose from, including a gluten-free tour featuring cider, mead, and wine.
Stay in Beautiful Accommodations at The Orchard Inn
While researching the best things to do in Saluda, NC, in the summer, consider staying with us at The Orchard Inn! Our beautiful property sets the scene for an unforgettable mountain getaway. Choose between gorgeous accommodations, enjoy outstanding views, and indulge in the delicious breakfast, Sunday brunch, and dinner options that our on-site restaurant offers. Our owners, Marc and Marianne, are more than happy to point you in the direction of the area’s best attractions. You can trust that you’ll be in good hands!
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