Columbus, NC is a friendly small town with a variety of amenities and practical services. Gibson Park is nearby with its summer swimming pool and tennis courts. Visitors and residents congregate at Stearns Park, across from the courthouse, with its paved walking lap trail favored by young and old. Polk County Library is open Tuesday–Saturday. Isothermal Community College offers many public programs. St. Luke's Hospital offers a particularly good exercise trail in the surrounding natural woods.
To learn about these and other local attractions you can check out our Visitor Center First Peak's website.
Tryon, NC is 5 miles/10 minutes away. There you will find the Tryon Fine Arts Center, the Tryon Movie Theatre (with its special film series), The Upstairs Artspace (contemporary art gallery), specialty retail shops, and restaurants. Other good restaurants and shops are in nearby Landrum, SC (which is at the next exit southeast on Interstate 26) and "up the mountain" in Saluda, NC (which is the next exit northwest).
Straddling the NC–SC state line (7 miles/15 minutes away) is Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, with its extensive network of foot, horse, and carriage trails open to the public free of charge. 10 miles away is the popular Green River recreation area, where kids and adults enjoy floating down on inner tubes. Hikers enjoy trails to Upper and Lower Bradley Falls from Holbert Cove Road.
Behind Woodlane House rises Tryon Peak and White Oak Mountain. The steep drive up is spectacular with Upper and Lower Shunkawakan Falls and with spectacular views to north and south at the summits. There are numerous other beautiful areas in the vicinity, including the Hunting Country equestrian neighborhood with beautiful horse farms, Lake Adger with excellent fishing, and Lake Lanier on the NC– SC border. The Highway 176 Scenic Byway is a drive that takes you up 1000 feet in altitude from Tryon to the charming village of Saluda. On the way, visit Pearson's Falls maintained by Tryon Garden Club and Wilder Nature Preserve maintained by Pacolet Area Conservancy.
We're also just a quick drive away from the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center!