10 Things to Do in Columbus That You Shouldn't Miss

September 28, 2017 Layne Dawes

Columbus is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 999 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Polk County. The Tryon International Equestrian Center, close to the nearby community of Mill Spring will be the location of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.
Restaurants in Columbus

1. Overmountain Vineyards

2014 Sandy Plains Rd, Tryon, NC 28782-8799 +1 828-863-0523
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Overmountain Vineyards

Overmountain Vineyards is a boutique winery that sits on a 70 acre family owned farm in Tryon, North Carolina. OMV grows 16 acres of french vinifera focusing primarily on Petit Manseng, an elegant aromatic white originally from southwest France as well as red varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Please come visit, taste the difference and enjoy a truly distinctive wine experience at Overmountain Vineyards. From our family to yours!

Reviewed By CestLaViecp - Charlotte, North Carolina

This is one of my favorite wineries to visit and the staff and team behind the winemaking are clearly doing things right. I have been to many wineries within the state, France, Italy and like to think I can recognize good quality wine. The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is laid back and I loved the Moroccan music that was playing outside while I did my al-fresco tasting.

If you visit in the near term, the Cab Franc is excellent - very smooth, hint of spice with notes of cherry and vanilla and a great finish. It reminds me of their 2015 Petit Verdot which is a personal all time favorite wine that I have bought a few bottles of. If you have a dog, they are pet friendly. They sell some meat and cheese but I have seen others bring their own food to have here with their wine. Highly recommend this winery!

2. The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour

166 Honey Bee Dr, Saluda, NC 28773-9704
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5 based on 280 reviews

The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour

Perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge in Saluda, North Carolina - The Gorge is a tree-based zip line canopy adventure with 11 zip lines, sky-bridges, and 3 free-fall rappels - dropping an unprecedented 1,100 feet in elevation through 125 acres of old-growth and protected forest. Tours last 3.5 hours and offer 90 mile panoramic views. Designed by the leaders in the canopy tour industry, The Gorge features hands-free breaking for maximum safety and fun!

Reviewed By Joseph B

I've zipped in Costa Rica, Boone, on a cruise ship, and on an island in the Caribbean and this beats them all. The zips are fast and the views are unreal. The rappels and Skybridge are extras that add to the experience. The guides were great and safety was at the forefront of everything they did. Highly recommend as a great zip experience! Oh, and the hot chocolate in the middle of the tour was nice too.

3. Russian Chapel Hills Winery

2662 Green Creek Dr, Columbus, NC 28722-9685 +1 828-817-7260
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5 based on 66 reviews

Russian Chapel Hills Winery

Our vineyard and winery rest below the beautiful St. Anna Chapel, which is a part of the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Church Outside of Russia. Visitors to Russian Chapel Hills Winery will perhaps be most delighted at being able to visit an authentic, 17th century stile Russian chapel. It is our heritage. You are welcome to discover a new experience in our estate winery.

Reviewed By devsmom73 - Simpsonville, South Carolina

Arrived right at opening so we had the tasting room to ourselves. This gave us a great opportunity to talk with the owner and learn of his Russian history, the history of the vineyards and the authentic Russian chapel that sits on the property overlooking the sea of grapes. Absolutely breathtaking! 3 big friendly dogs greet you as you drive up. Tasting of 8 wines cost $12. Definitely recommend the Mosaic red blend.

4. Tryon International Equestrian Center

4066 Pea Ridge Rd, Mill Spring, NC 28756-5517 +1 888-429-9495
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Reviewed By Shawna S

Found this through "Romantic Asheville" and went to a Saturday Night horse jumping competition. I found it exciting and thrilling watching the horses and their riders compete. Its a beautiful arena with nice (albeit expensive) shops and some small restaurants. There was a band, beer for purchase, well behaved dogs were welcomed, great seats....and beautiful athletic horses and riders to watch. I had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back.

5. Pearson's Falls Glen

2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC 28773-9825 +1 828-749-3031
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Pearson's Falls Glen

Named after its founder, Charles William Pearson, this 268-acre area of wilderness offers an abundant variety of flowers.

Reviewed By motherchristmas61 - Richardson, Texas

Very picturesque! Great place for a family photo. You pay 5.00 per adult. A little easy, beautiful walk to the falls. You’ll be taking photos on the way there. Lots of moss and small waterfalls. We visited 4 waterfalls, this was my favorite.

6. Parker-Binns Vineyard

7382 E NC 108 Hwy, Mill Spring, NC +1 828-894-0154
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5 based on 66 reviews

Parker-Binns Vineyard

Reviewed By Britt S - Nashville, Tennessee

The property is beautiful, featuring grape vines on site, and a huge flower garden. For $10, you get to taste all 7 wines and keep the glass. The owners were so friendly and entertaining, and Lulu the dog was a real treat! I loved all the wines. Bottle prices range from $15-$20. I enjoyed the entire experience. Would have given 5 stars, but it was a bit pricey for me.

7. Shunkawauken Falls

Columbus, NC
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4 based on 17 reviews

Shunkawauken Falls

Reviewed By RooneyKing - Black Mountain, North Carolina

A great side trip up White Oak Mountain Drive then Skyuka Mountain Drive. Fabulous views from the north side. See the beginnings of our mountain ranges. Ask directions at Visitors Center in Columbus.

110 N Trade Ave, Landrum, SC 29356-1529 +1 864-457-2202
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5 based on 15 reviews

The Millstone Gallery

The Millstone Gallery is an extraordinary place to visit and buy unique gifts. It is your place to buy woodwork, fine art and fine crafts. The shop has pieces from 30 local and regional artists and artisans. The shop has everything from hand carved bowls, horseheads, sculpture, rustic tables, spoons, drawings, photography, porcelain, ceramic horses, jewelry, and much more. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Click for link to recent article published in The Tryon Bulletin about the Millstone http://www.tryondailybulletin.com/2017/09/11/landrum-wanderings-the-millstone-gallery-a-landrum-gem/

Reviewed By 492deborah - Greenville, South Carolina

I have been to The Millstone Gallery many times. Love going there to visit with the owner Ron. you will always be surprised to see what is the new things he added at his gallery. It is such unique store. I go there to pick...MoreEnjoyed reading your thoughtful review. So glad you were able to purchase the gifts for your friends. Always want to keep items for gifts that are unique and one of a kind and for visitors to be excited about what they see.

9. Green River Adventures

111 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7812
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Green River Adventures

Specializing with guided whitewater trips from class 1 to class 4 whitewater, waterfall rappelling, stand up paddleboarding, and whitewater kayak instruction. Green River Adventures has trips for all ages, skill, and thrill levels.

Reviewed By wndrwmn - South Carolina

My husband and I zip-lined the Gorge last fall and had a great experience. Green River Adventures is part of the same company/sister company and I knew they'd provide another quality experience.
We had family in town and were interested in taking our group (ages 9-43) on a rafting adventure. We stopped by and talked with one of the guides and he answered all our questions. We booked our tour on-line and were all set for the next day.
We chose the lower river tour (class I&II rapids) and the 9-year-old teamed up in a double kayak with her dad. My 11 year old struggled a bit on her own, but eveyone else did fine in their own kayak. They provide a life-vest, helmet and brief instruction in addition to the boat, paddle and guide. The guide takes pictures along the way that you can purchase afterwards.
It was a beautiful day and therefore, we had to navigate around a little tube traffic, but it wasn't too bad. We moved faster than them anyway :) The rapids were fun and not too wild. We all got stuck a few times on rocks but that's part of the fun. Our guide Keith also pointed out animals and interesting things along the way. Be sure and ask to stop at the rope swing. I think this was my nieces' favorite part!
The trip wrapped up about the time I was getting tired which was perfect! We dried off a bit (yes,you'll get wet but no one went under) and had a drink of water while we waited for transportation back.
Great adventure! Great people! You won't regret it!

10. Nina Simone Plaza

54 N Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782-6656
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4 based on 17 reviews

Nina Simone Plaza

Reviewed By Anne M - Hendersonville, North Carolina

My husband, being well versed in many genres of music was familiar with this recording artist's background. He found one of her songs on his playlist which played while we visited. The statue of her playing piano sits adjacent to the train tracks, across the street from the theater. I especially liked the wavy effect of the keyboard of this bronze statue.

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