Mill Spring, NC was once an unknown and unincorporated community in Polk County, North Carolina. The town center consisted of a post office, a few stores and gas stations, and a crossroads (Hwy 9 and Hwy 108).
The feel in most of Polk County is rural with both horses and cows to be seen grazing on green pastures with beautiful mountain backdrops. This is an area of farm lands, horse farms, and homes on acreage tracts surrounded by mountain-lands that include the World’s Edge Nature Conservancy lands (the back side of Chimney Rock State Park).
Mill Spring is without argument, a very pretty place, perfect for those seeking peace and quiet in a more rural setting..
Polk County was voted the best rural county in the country. Southern Living Magazine appeared at the BBQ Festival in Tryon (the official NC BBQ cook-off) in Tryon NC….
Change came, of course.
The development of Lake Adger was one of the first changes. The Lake Adger communities offer both lake and equestrian activities. Lots for lakefront homes are typically at least one acre, a lot size unheard of in better known Lake Lure, NC, providing much more privacy. Several marinas placed around the lake offer those owners whose home is not lakeside a chance to find a place for their boats. Miles of horse trails as well as both homes and land with larger acreage tracts are offered to those looking for horse-friendly property. there is also a public marina. Fishing is also popular with a state champion muskee pulled out of Lake Adger’s waters.
Bright’s Creek is another Mill Spring community. The stunning golf course there was the site of the BMW Pro-Am for several years. Bright’s Creek has seen developers come and go but the current owners are committed to expanding the facilities to include not only golf and their own equestrian center but also a community pool and tennis widening the appeal to families.
Bright’s Creek and the Lake Adger communities – located close to each other- are now offering a facilities share program allowing Lake Adger owners to eat on-site at Bright’s Creek and to enjoy the equestrian and golf facilities at special “neighbor” prices.
The coming of the International Equestrian Center is the latest development for Polk County. The site at Pea Ridge and Hwy 74 is seeing unprecedented growth that is set to continue well into 2017.
The commitment in Polk County, NC is to balance development with preserving the rural country feel of the area.