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Since the turn of the century, Saluda, has been a favorite vacation destination for those wanting to escape from the heat or find a respite from the hectic pace of life. Known as one of Western North Carolina’s hidden jewels, Saluda is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Beginning in July of 1879, Saluda became a railroad destination.  The famous Saluda Grade is still known as the steepest standard gauge mainline grade in the United States.  Although the trains no longer run on this line, rail buffs from around the world come to see this impressive feat of engineering.

Today, Saluda is a well-known departure point for rafters and tubers on the Green River, as well as hikers and bikers – both bicyclists and motorcyclists who love to explore the winding mountain roads and breathtaking scenery.  Nearby Pearson’s Falls is a popular destination for nature lovers.  Watch this video on YouTube: