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Columbus is the county seat for rural Polk County, which is located in Blue Ridge Mountains region of western North Carolina. Three municipalities, including Columbus and historic Saluda and Tryon, and six townships make up the heart of the 234 miles that is Polk County. This area is known as the "Thermal Belt," with moderate temperatures that are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This allows for outdoor activities and special events year round. Columbus and the Polk County area is known for its' historic sites, scenic vistas and small town arts and crafts fairs and festivals. Recreational activities in the area include fishing and boating, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking. The ten thousand-acre Green River Game Lands are located here, along with the Pacolet River Scenic Byway and Pearson's Falls. Antique stores and unique gift shops dot the scenic country roads. Polk County is also home to many wonderful restaurants, from fine dining and "down home" cooking to finger-licking barbecue. Accommodations in the area are also plentiful and range from hotels to charming, historic bed & breakfast inns, to a cabin in the woods.

Surrounding areas: Tryon, North Carolina (3.9 mi), Saluda, North Carolina (8.7 mi), Lake Lure, North Carolina (12.4 mi), Chimney Rock, North Carolina (12.8 mi), Hendersonville, North Carolina (15.6 mi), Rutherfordton, North Carolina (15.8 mi), Pinnacle Mountain, North Carolina (21.2 mi)

Columbus Vacation Rentals

Columbus Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn501 W MLS StColumbus, NC (828) 894-3303
Lake Lure Golf & Beach Resort112 MTNS BlvdLake Lure, NC12.1 mi.(800) 260-1040
Lake Lure InnHwy 64/74Lake Lure, NC12.1 mi.(828) 625-2525
Hampton Inn Hendersonville155 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC14.3 mi.(828) 697-2333
Ramada Limited150 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC14.3 mi.(828) 697-0006
Quality Inn & Suites201 Sugarloaf RdHendersonville, NC14.4 mi.(828) 697-4399
Days Inn - Hendersonville102 Mitchell DrHendersonville, NC15.1 mi.(828) 697-5999
Comfort Inn206 Mitchelle DrHendersonville, NC15.6 mi.(800) 882-3843
Rutherford Inn210 Reservation DrSpindale, NC16.2 mi.(704) 286-3681
Fairfield Inn North Spartanburg125 Sloane GardenBoiling Springs, SC18.8 mi.(864) 699-0000
Comfort Inn205 Commerical DrForest City, NC19.5 mi.(828) 248-3400
Holiday Inn Express200 Holiday Inn DrForest City, NC19.5 mi.(828) 755-2000
Jameson Inns164 Jameson Inn DrForest City, NC19.5 mi.(828) 287-8788
Ramada Limited2600 Hwy 74aForest City, NC19.5 mi.(828) 248-1711
Days Inn101 Outlet RdSpartanburg, SC20.6 mi.(864) 576-7300
Quality Inn2070 New Cut RdSpartanburg, SC20.6 mi.(864) 576-2992
Howard Johnson Express Inn6690 Pottery RdSpartanburg, SC21.1 mi.(864) 576-0042
Comfort Inn611 W Wade Hampton BlvdGreer, SC21.2 mi.(864) 848-4995
Comfort Inn & Suites154 Candlenut LnSpartanburg, SC21.3 mi.(864) 814-2001
Holiday Inn Express1315 W Wade Hampton BlvdGreer, SC22.0 mi.(864) 877-0076
Campus Place Extended Stay1050 Charisma DrSpartanburg, SC22.2 mi.(864) 699-1088
Hampton Inn4930 College DrSpartanburg, SC22.3 mi.(864) 576-6080
Quality Hotel And Conference Center7136 Asheville HwySpartanburg, SC22.4 mi.(864) 578-5530
Ramada Inn200 International DrSpartanburg, SC22.4 mi.(864) 576-5220
Days Inn1000 Hearon CirSpartanburg, SC22.5 mi.(864) 503-9048
Days Inn Airport183 Underwood RdFletcher, NC22.6 mi.(800) 329-7466
Courtyard By Marriott110 Mobile DrSpartanburg, SC22.6 mi.(864) 585-2400
Extended Stay America130 Mobile DrSpartanburg, SC22.6 mi.(864) 573-5949
Radisson Hotel & Suites9027 Fairforest RdSpartanburg, SC22.6 mi.(864) 574-2111
Residence Inn Spartansburg9011 Fairforest RdSpartanburg, SC22.6 mi.(864) 576-3333
Sun Valley Motel2507 Hendersonville RdArden, NC22.7 mi.(828) 684-6944
Fairfield Inn-spartanburg160 Simuel RdSpartanburg, SC22.7 mi.(864) 542-0333
Travelers Inn710 Sunbeam RdSpartanburg, SC22.8 mi.(864) 578-9450
Econo Lodge Airport196 Underwood RdFletcher, NC23.0 mi.(704) 684-1200
Hampton Inn & Suites18 Rockwood RdFletcher, NC23.0 mi.(828) 687-0806
Comfort Inn-airport15 Rockwood RdArden, NC23.1 mi.(828) 687-9199
Holiday Inn Airport550 Airport RdFletcher, NC23.2 mi.(704) 684-1213
Sleep Inn110 Hawkins RdTravelers Rest, SC23.2 mi.(864) 834-7040
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC23.3 mi.(828) 684-6688
Motel 6105 Jones RdSpartanburg, SC23.5 mi.(864) 573-6303
Bed & Breakfast
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC13.7 mi.(828) 693-6016

Columbus Weather & Climate

The foothills near Asheville, has a climate that is often hard to predict, but can generally be called mild. The elevation of the region is about 2,200 feet. Temperatures are warmer in winter than the High Country, and cooler in summer than the low lying areas and Piedmont Region. Spring has mild days and cool nights with some rainy days. Summer is warm and humid with scattered afternoon thunderstorms, but temperatures rarely rise above 90 degrees. Conditions cool down a little by October, but days are still warm and nights are cool. It's perfect weather for viewing the spectacular fall foliage. In winter, the high mountains protect the area and there is seldom a major snowfall. Highs even in the middle of winter range in the 40s and 50s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 30°F 5.81 in. 49°F
February 56°F 32°F 5.11 in. 46°F
March 65°F 39°F 6.66 in. 52°F
April 73°F 45°F 4.75 in. 59°F
May 80°F 54°F 5.77 in. 68°F
June 86°F 62°F 5.62 in. 73°F
July 89°F 66°F 5.26 in. 77°F
August 87°F 65°F 6.18 in. 80°F
September 81°F 59°F 5.56 in. 76°F
October 73°F 48°F 4.95 in. 70°F
November 63°F 39°F 4.91 in. 58°F
December 54°F 32°F 4.85 in. 55°F

Columbus Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 23 miles northwest of Columbus in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 24 miles south of Columbus in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 35 miles southwest of Columbus in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located around 70 miles east of Columbus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Columbus Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC53.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC64.8 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC64.8 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC76.4 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN84.8 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN84.8 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN87.7 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC74.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Red Fox Country ClubTryonNC4.5 mi.
Links O TryonCampobelloSC10.2 mi.
Lake Lure Municipal Golf CourseLake LureNC11.3 mi.
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC13.2 mi.
Village Greens Golf & Country ClubGramlingSC13.2 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC15.6 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC15.6 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC15.6 mi.
Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country ClubRutherfordtonNC15.8 mi.
Meadowbrook Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC15.8 mi.
Rutherfordton Golf ClubRutherfordtonNC15.8 mi.
Devils Ridge Golf ClubHolly SpringsNC16.8 mi.
Forest City Municipal Golf CourseForest CityNC18.9 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC21.0 mi.
Greer Golf & Country ClubGreerSC22.4 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseGreerSC22.4 mi.
River Falls PlantationDuncanSC22.6 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC22.7 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC23.0 mi.
Dogwood Valley Golf CourseCaroleenNC23.1 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC25.4 mi.
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC25.6 mi.
Creek Golf ClubSpartanburgSC26.4 mi.
Oak Ridge Country ClubSpartanburgSC26.4 mi.
Peach Valley Golf CourseSpartanburgSC26.4 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC26.4 mi.
Hillandale Golf CourseGreenvilleSC27.0 mi.
Bonnie Brae Golf ClubGreenvilleSC29.9 mi.
Furman University Golf CourseGreenvilleSC29.9 mi.
Summersett Golf ClubGreenvilleSC29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC44.3 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC53.9 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC65.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC65.5 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC65.5 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC65.8 mi.
State Parks
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC19.6 mi. 
Paris Mountain State ParkSC24.2 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC25.6 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC32.3 mi. 
Croft State ParkSC33.6 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC35.9 mi. 
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC29.8 mi.(Art)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC38.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC57.0 mi.(Science)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC58.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC29.8 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC31.3 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN108.5 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC108.9 mi.

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