Polk County

35.2686, -82.1713    Year Established: 1855

Touted as the "First Peak of the Blue Ridge," Polk County has long welcomed flatlanders to a higher altitude. The area’s foothills are rich with history, culture, crafts, vast natural areas, and unique culinary traditions.

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Polk County is quickly growing! Homes for sale in the area include hobby farms, planned equestrian communities, and urban living near the quirky downtown. Local home buyers can truly Live the Life You Choose.

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Beverly-Hanks has an office conveniently located on Main Street in Saluda. If you're searching for homes and land in Polk County, our expert real estate agents are available to help. Your Beverly-Hanks & Associates REALTOR® is backed by an outstanding support staff and committed to the highest standards of customer service.

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Touted as the "First Peak of the Blue Ridge," Polk County has long welcomed flatlanders to a higher altitude. The area’s foothills are rich with history, culture, crafts, vast natural areas, and unique culinary traditions.

Quick Link: Polk County Homes and Land For Sale

Polk County is quickly growing! Homes for sale in the area include hobby farms, planned equestrian communities, and urban living near the quirky downtown. Local home buyers can truly Live the Life You Choose.

Quick Link: Find a Polk County real estate professional

BUYING PROPERTY IN POLK COUNTY

Beverly-Hanks has an office conveniently located on Main Street in Saluda. If you're searching for homes and land in Polk County, our expert real estate agents are available to help. Your Beverly-Hanks & Associates REALTOR® is backed by an outstanding support staff and committed to the highest standards of customer service.

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POLK COUNTY REAL ESTATE IS ALL ABOUT LOCATION:

Polk County is sandwiched between Henderson and Rutherford Counties in the NC Foothills. Interstate 26 runs through Polk County before entering South Carolina. Most of Polk's 20,000 residents live in or near the county's three main towns of Saluda, Tryon, and Columbus. Park Ridge and Pardee hospitals are available just minutes away in Hendersonville, and St. Luke’s Hospital is located in Columbus. The county's largest body of water is Lake Adger, which offers opportunities for recreation and enjoying nature. Residents of the county are also within a short driving distance to national wonders like the Green River Game Lands, Dupont State Recreational Forest, and Pisgah National Forest.

POLK COUNTY PROXIMITIES:

Lake Lure: 22 minutes

Rutherfordton: 26 minutes

Downtown Hendersonville: 31 minutes

Asheville Regional Airport: 35 minutes

Downtown Asheville: 50 minutes

Brevard: 58 minutes

POLK COUNTY TAX RATES (2018–2019):

Polk County tax rates are per $100 of assessed valuation.

Columbus: $ 0.4446

Saluda: $ 0.6450

Tryon: $ 0.6088

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN POLK COUNTY

Polk County is a collection of active, historic, and growing communities. Read about recent news, events, and real estate market updates for the area on the Beverly-Hanks blog.

Properties in the area

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$447,000

99 Henderson St
Saluda 28773

$229,000

835 N Trade Street
Tryon 28782

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Come See the First Peaks of the Blue Ridge!

Polk County is divided into two regions: the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western third of the county and Piedmont of the eastern two-thirds. Since it is in a transition zone between the two regions, Polk County is often referred to as being in the North Carolina Foothills.The elevation of Polk County ranges from just under 800 feet near the confluence of the Green River and Broad River to over 3,200 feet on Tryon Peak and Wildcat Spur.

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Welcome to North Carolina’s Horse Country!

Did you know that Polk County has been one of the South’s top equestrian destinations for more than 100 years?

Polk County’s long and storied equestrian history started in 1917 with the Pine Crest Inn in Tryon, a renowned spot where northerners could come and ride their horses during the winter. The Tryon Horse Show began in 1929 (the third oldest of its kind in the country) and the Block House Steeplechase in 1934. In 1956, the US Equestrian Team trained in Tryon for the Olympics.

Tryon still offers world-class equine veterinary, boarding, and training facilities, as well as more than 100 miles of private trail systems. The town has probably been best known for its Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), a 390-acre educational and recreational center that provides programs in nature study, outdoor recreation, and equestrian competition.

The $100 million, 1,450-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) takes a love for horses to the next level. TIEC features 10 riding arenas, over 1,000 permanent stalls, elevated and shaded viewing decks, restaurants, family activities, boutiques, and more. TIEC was chosen as the host of the 2018 World Equine Games.

Explore Polk County’s Historic Districts

Today, downtown Saluda is recognized as a National Historic District. Stroll leisurely among tree-lined streets of lovely Victorian homes and browse the many distinctive shops, art and craft galleries, and delicious restaurants along historic Main Street. Walk into its century-old general stores, and get a whiff of glossy oil-stained, heart pine floors stirring up memories of times gone by.

Get Outside and Enjoy the Community

It would be a shame not to enjoy all the outdoor adventures Polk County has to offer, including parks, walking tours, hiking, road biking, swimming, fishing, camping, ziplining, and whitewater adventures in the Green River Gorge.

Every June, the Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival held at Harmon Field attracts thousands of visitors from around the country. The festival is the largest in Polk County and was named by the Travel Channel among their Top 5 World's Best Barbecue Contests. Beyond barbecue, the two-day festival includes artisans, live music, and a variety of food.

More Adventures are Just a Short Drive Away

Polk County is conveniently located a short drive from many of the Southeast’s top cities and destinations. In addition to being just a short drive from Asheville and Hendersonville, the town is less than an hour from the Greenville-Spartanburg region of South Carolina. Charlotte, Columbia, and Atlanta are just a few hours away.

Learn more about Polk County on their county website or via their Chamber of Commerce.

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN POLK COUNTY

Polk County is a collection of active, historic, and growing communities. Read about recent news, events, and real estate market updates for the area on the Beverly-Hanks blog.

Community Amenities

  • Mountain Biking/Cycling
  • Outfitter/River Pro
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Walking/Hiking Trails

Nearby Activities

  • Lake Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Running
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Boating
  • Mountain Biking/Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Art/Culture
  • Secondary Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Golf