September Music at the SO

Entertainment at Saluda Outfitters’ free outdoor music venue continues through September from 4-7 p.m. each Saturday.

  • Sept. 2 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon is new to the SO stage. The Basement Bunch is an eight-piece band that plays what they call “substantial rock ’n’ roll” that includes classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus a few surprises thrown in. Bring your dancing shoes.
  • Sept. 9 | The duo of Bill Loftus and Ellen Trnka will perform some foot tapping blues, Americana and rock. Both veteran performers, Trnka is a talented vocalist who spent most of her career in NYC before moving to WNC in 2002. Loftus, on guitar and harmonica, hails from Chicago and resides in Flat Rock after moving back to the area from Atlanta about a year ago.
  • Sept. 16 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon will return with its exceptional group of musicians to bring some energetic dance music to the show.
  • Sept. 23 | Second Souls will return to the SO stage with its revolving group of area musicians. Headed by Steve Prickelmyer of Greenville, S.C., the group includes Saluda percussionist Mark Lauer, guitarist Bill Loftus of Flat Rock and other regional musicians.
  • Sept. 30 | Padenrich Station brings some great Indie Folk and Americana music to the stage featuring recording artists Marie Diffee Wright and Jamie Hill of Anderson, S.C. The duo switches between guitar, mandolin, and trumpet, to bring a “mellow vibe and intimacy to their live shows that relax the souls of their audience.”

Craft beers that now include the popular Sierra Nevada brand, red and white wines, organic snacks and sandwiches are available at each music event where patrons can enjoy relaxing at a picnic table or bring their own foldup chair. There is never a cover charge at these child and dog friendly outdoor events.


Eclipse Celebration, KEEN Pint Night

Saluda Outfitters is excited to host two fun events–a four-day Eclipse CelebrationSale and KEEN Pint Night.
Starting Friday, Aug. 18 and running through Monday, Aug. 21 when the sky darkens across Saluda and all of North America during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, select spring and summer apparel, including Chaco sandals, will be on sale as much as 30 percent off.

Also, as part of our Eclipse Celebration, from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, the Josh Jordan Band from Greer, S.C., will return with some great country and southern rock. The evening event will be held in the Saluda Outfitters shaded outdoor music venue.

On Monday afternoon, bring your solar eclipse glasses while you shop for our great sales so you can safely view the sky darkening from the outfitters’ large covered porches.

Our rescheduled KEEN Pint Night will be held from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26. Local songwriter and recording artist Orion Faruque, co-hosted by RedMusic Productions, will perform as part of this event. Sponsored by KEEN Footwear, the first 50 people attending the concert will receive an exclusive stainless steel KEEN pint.

Craft beers that now include the popular Sierra Nevada brand, red and white wines, organic snacks and sandwiches are available at each music event where patrons can enjoy relaxing at a picnic table or bring their own foldup chair. There is never a cover charge at these child and dog friendly outdoor events.
Saluda Outfitters also offers:
  • Convenient seven days a week hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. close on Friday/Saturday)
  • A hiking trail that connects to Main Street for the convenience of downtown walkers
  • Locally manufactured Bellyak boards, Hala standup paddle boards and a new line of Giant bicycles and supplies for sale
  • H2O Dreams paddling school with certified whitewater instructors available in house
The store is housed at 435 Main Street in a beautiful log cabin on top of the hill overlooking the intersection of Ozone Drive and Highway 176, just turn up Shand Street.

For more information about Saluda Outfitters, call the store at (828) 848-4060 or visit us on Facebook or at

Salomon Sense Ride Trail Runners

Designed with the everyday trail runner in mind, the Sense Ride shoes have the right blend of cushion, traction and protection to suit everyone from a first-time trail runner to an ultra-runner. Salomon’s Vibe Technology cushioning system provides incredible step-in comfort. Vibe Technology is a midsole combination of Energy Cell Plus, EVA and Opal, which are vibration-controlling pods. They work together to dampen vibrations and reduce muscle fatigue, which can help prevent injury.

Whether you’re looking to glide smoothly over gentler terrain or take on technical terrain with confidence, the lightweight Sense Ride delivers. It also comes with Salomon’s Quicklace system, which is incredibly durable and doesn’t stretch, which keeps your foot secure.

Throughout the midfoot, the Sense Ride’s Sensifit construction helps keep the foot securely to deliver great control on steep descents. The premium Wet Traction Contagrip offers a sticky and durable grab, even on slick terrain.

Check out the Salomon Sense Ride Video on YouTube and find your fit at Saluda Outfitters.

*Salamon Sense Ride Trail Runners available early August!


Hiking Big Bradley Falls

Difficulty: Easy to the Rim, Very difficult to the base of the falls.
Time needed:  30-45 minutes to rim and back, 3 hours to bottom and back
Equipment needed: Good sturdy footwear with a good lug sole, synthetic – non-cotton layers (swimwear), water and snacks (water filters are nice!), Pisgah Map Co. Green River Gamelands Map


Saluda, North Carolina is a sleepy little town tucked away between the bustle of Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. This town awakens from its slumber around June when the kiddos get out of school and families start to take their family vacations, mainly migrating to cooler places for the summer months.

Saluda is located in the WNC thermal belt where temperatures remain consistent and considerably cooler than the surrounding metropolis’s (metropoli?) and is home to some of WNC’s best kept secrets, for now.

We are proud of our home and our new home base located here in Saluda (Outfitters) and want to share some of the coolest things to see and do while you are here or just passing through.

On deck, Big Bradley Falls.

Big Bradley was described to me by some of the local search and rescue as a “pit of death” where no one should venture in to. There have been several fatalities here from folks falling, but all of this from what I can discern can be avoided with some common sense. Don’t drink alcohol and hike through here. Don’t bring pets. Finally, this trail is best left for adults. With the warning out of the way, let me tell you some of the highlights.

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 12.56.09 PMYou can access the rim overlook by following the blue trail blazes. You’ll know what I mean by “the rim,” it literally comes to the end of the trail and drops off the face of the earth into a very deep canyon. This canyon is home to Cove Creek which is a larger tributary to the Green River. The rim provides stunning views of the gorge below and is not recommended for folks with vertigo. There is a great description on access if you follow this link here.

If you follow the trail back up you will come to another obvious trail that begins to go down… flip flops need not apply. On that note, what other gear should you bring? One, your common sense. Don’t let your sense of adventure supersede your common sense. If it looks too hard, it probably is. Bring good sturdy footwear with a good tread on your sole, like the Salomon X-Mission trail shoe. Layers based on the time of year are important, but for summer months, swimwear is acceptable. Realize if the weather is forecasting rain the trails get exponentially harder, and a good rain jacket is a necessity too. First aid knowledge and a kit are always a good idea, and a dip and sip water filter bottle or Lifestraw are great ways to make sure you have enough water. The water from Cove Creek is very clean but should still be filtered. All of these things can be purchased at the new and convenient outfitter in town, Saluda Outfitters.

Remember to practice Leave No Trace ethics while being out and about and leave this beautiful gorge as you found it. Stick to the main trails to prevent trail widening and un-needed erosion. The flora and fauna in this region is unmatched in my opinion as you are taking step in to a temperate rain forest. That means you can expect daily afternoon thundershowers as the convection off the Piedmont and the cool air from the front of the ridge meet.

With a bit of common sense, some personal preparedness, and a good map of the Green River Gamelands from Pisgah Map Co. you will be well on your way to a nice half-day adventure.



August Music @SaludaOutfittersnc

SALUDA, N.C., July 25, 2017 – Saluda Outfitters offers music by area musicians from 4-7 p.m. each Saturday in its outdoor music venue. The August schedule is as follows:

  • August 5, the local due of Johnnie Blackwell and Austin Williams
  • August 12, the popular Indie Folk of Padenrich Station with Marie Diffie Wright and Jamie Hill
  • August 19, the Josh Jordan Band from Greer, S.C., will return with some great country and southern rock
  • August 26, the music of Orion Faruque and friends

There is never a cover charge at Saluda Outfitters family-friendly music venue. Organic sandwiches, wraps and snacks, craft beers and wine available.

What’s Happening at Saluda Outfitters

Sales and New Arrivals

Posted July 25, 2017

The Werner Paddles have arrived. We now stock the translucent red, the Topo-Eagle Falls: Green HD Graphic and the amber colored Sherpa.

You won’t want to miss this great deal! Unsinkable Polarized sunglasses are offering a FREE hat with every purchase at Saluda Outfitters. Unsinkable offers a lifetime and loss warranty for their floating sunglasses, even if they float away. You cannot beat that deal and you get an awesome hat to boot.

While gearing up for some outdoors adventures, check out our new line of Vacation for Life tees, hats and stickers. There are even some cute tees for the kiddies sporting a s’mores design.

Open 7 days a week, our hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and closing at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Come see us soon!

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