Things to Do

Tryon Activity Calendar

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Attractions and Activities

Pearson's Falls

The Tryon Garden Club maintains this scenic natural area with path to 90-foot waterfall. In the 268 acres of virgin forest, find a rushing creek, picnic tables, and 200 species of ferns, wildflowers, algae, and mosses. Pearson's Falls and Glen is located just off Route 176, 4 miles north of Tryon and 3 miles south of Saluda. Click here to learn more.

2748 Pearson Falls RoadSaluda, NC 28773 (828)-749-3031

Pacolet Area Conservancy

Green River Adventures

White Water Rapids, Waterfall Rappels, Paddleboarding, Kayak Trips, Hiking, Swimming, Fly Fishing.

Offers White Water river adventures for everyone in the family: from the "mom approved" beginner class I-II Rapids on the Lower Green River Adventure to the action-packed, high-adventure, wilderness experience class III-IV Rapids on the Upper Green River Adventure. For reservations and more information visit Green River Adventures

111 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773 (828) 749-2800

Green River Gorge Zipline

America's Steepest, Fastest Zipline Canopy Tour. Located on 120 acres of old growth and protected forests, experience 11 ziplines, a sky-bridge, and 3 huge rappels. For more information click The Gorge Zip Line 

166 Honey Bee DriveSaluda, North Carolina 28773 (828)-749-2500

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Scenic Drives

For scenery, take Houston Road out of Columbus (stay right at fork), turn left onto White Oak Mountain Road and drive to the top, passing Shunkawauken Falls. Continue on the gravel road to Sunset Rock with its expansive views. Spend a few minutes and snap a photo, then head back the way you came.

Pacolet River Scenic Byway

Drive along this scenic 10-mile byway that follows the Pacolet River from Tryon to historic Saluda. View waterfalls, wildflowers, and beautiful vistas. Take US 176 North from Tryon or South from Saluda.

Weaverbarton Shuford Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary

Commune with nature and the inner self in this mixed hardwood forest which provides excellent habitat for birds and other wildlife. The 85-acre tract of land is protected by the Pacolet Area Conservancy.

Trails of the Green River Game Lands (hunting, fishing, preservation)

Lake Adger Boat Tours

Schedule a private, serene boat tour of beautiful Lake Adger and enjoy the amazing splendor of Polk County from the water. Your cruise will take place aboard the elegant “Wind in the Willows,” an extraordinary all electric classic fantail launch.


On this 390-acre nature preserve, find hiking and horseback-riding trails, nature center, pond, boardwalk, and picnic area. FENCE and the Pacolet Area Conservancy Saturday hikes throughout the year. Check the calendar for equestrian events, bird walks, concerts, and more.

North Carolina Birding Trails in Polk County

Our Trail is more than just lines on a map. It physically links great bird watching sites and birders with communities, businesses and other local historical and educational attractions.

Chimney Rock State Park

Setting for the movie “Last of the Mohicans,” Chimney Rock has been a tourist destination in western North Carolina since a crude stairway was built to the rock's summit in 1885. Chimney Rock, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the nation's most beautiful drives is only a few minutes away. Head north on the Parkway to visit the Folk Art Center, Craggy Gardens, and Mount Mitchell. Head south to Mount Pisgah, Looking Glass Rock, and Shining Rock Wilderness. Only a 35-minute drive to access.

Lake Lure

National Geographic has called Lake Lure “one of the most beautiful manmade lakes in the world.” The area was the location of HGTV's 2006 Dream House and settings for the movie, “Dirty Dancing.” Less than 20 minutes from Tryon, you can enjoy the beach, boardwalk, trails, marina, and lake.

Norman Wilder Forest

This beautiful natural resource consists of 185 protected acres of mature third -growth, mixed-hardwood forest located on the steep slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. Trails provide hikers with a leafy canopy of shade trees and stunning views of sheer rock walls. Bridges and steps on trails make this a most enjoyable, moderate hike of approximately two to three miles. Parking is available at the trailhead on Hwy 176 or on Tau Rock Vineyard Road.