Travel and Tourism


Melinda Massey
Travel and Tourism Director
(828) 894-2324


Promotes Polk County as the "First Peak of the Blue Ridge" - a tourist destination featuring small towns, scenic beauty, arts and equestrian events. Promotes local lodging, attractions, restaurants, shops and events.  Partners with regional and statewide organizations to connect with visitors.  The First Peak Visitor Center in Columbus provides a wealth of information for citizens and visitors - including local, regional and statewide travel information.

Contact Information

Travel and Tourism              
First Peak Visitor Center
20 E. Mills St.
PO Box 308
Columbus, NC 28722              
9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri            
(828) 894-2324

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