Polk County, NC is the First Peak of the Blue Ridge. Visit us from I-26E, Exits 59 & 67 off Parkway Milepost 393.6. Explore gorges, hiking, birding, waterfalls, kayaking, scenic drives & historic small towns – Saluda, Tryon & Columbus. Enjoy horse shows, wineries, inspired shops/galleries, local restaurants & year-round events. Rejuvenate at historic inns, cozy cabins & hotels.