Saluda is located in southwestern Polk County. Two small parts of the city extend west and north into Henderson County. The elevation on Main Street is 2,097 feet (639 m) above sea level, while the elevation at the bottom end of the Saluda Grade, in Tryon, is 1,080 feet (329.1 m).
Saluda is famous for sitting at the top of the Norfolk Southern Railway's Saluda Grade, which was the steepest main line standard-gauge railway line in the United States until Norfolk Southern ceased operations on the line in 2001.
U.S. Route 176 is Saluda's Main Street; the highway leads east down the mountain 8 miles (13 km) to Tryon and northwest 10 miles (16 km) to Hendersonville. Interstate 26 passes just north of Saluda, with access from Exit 59. I-26 leads north 34 miles (55 km) to Asheville and southeast 37 miles (60 km) to Spartanburg, South Carolina. Saluda is close to the South Carolina state line, between Asheville, North Carolina, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Visiting Saluda, one will find themselves in a bustling downtown with fabulous restaurants, unique shops, a vibrant art and music scene, and a hub for outdoor adventure.
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Saluda gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 125 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet or hail. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.
Summer High: the July high is around 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 26
Rain: averages 50 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 9 inches of snow a year
12-16 inches of beautiful snow on January 17, 2022