Recreation and Attractions

Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center (FENCE)
390 acres. Equestrian events, bird walks, nature trails, family events, special events. Dogs welcome.
3381 Hunting Country Road
Tryon NC 28782

The Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander’s Ford
160 acre preserve along the Green River. Site of Revolutionary War encampment. Trails through fields and forests. Dogs welcome.

Pearson’s Falls
Easy ¼ mile hike to 90ft waterfall, wildflowers, bird watching. No dogs. Closed in January. Small fee.
2720 Pearson Falls Road
Saluda NC 28773

Rogers Park
200 seat amphitheatre for concerts and events. Small creek and short trails meander through the park. Dogs allowed.
W. Howard St
Tryon NC 28782

Green River Cove Recreation Area
The Green River offers a scenic drive and access for fishing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and hiking.
Green River Cove Road
Saluda 28773

Green River Plantation/NC Civil War Trail Marker
Restored 42 room, 1804 mansion on National Historic Register, Civil War History. Tours by appointment.
6333 Coxe Rd
Rutherfordton NC 28139

Harmon Field
50 acre park on Pacolet River, playground, tennis courts, walking track, sports fields, 2 hors show rings, permanent stabling. Cabin & picnic shelter. Dogs allowed.
Harmon Field Road
Tryon NC 28782

Historic Mill Spring School/ Agricultural Development Center
Tour 1920’s school with artist studios, markets, meeting space and auditorium, on Over Mountain Victory Trail motor route.
4 School Road
Mill Springs NC 28756
(828) 894-2281

House of Flags Museum and Veteran’s Park
A unique historical collection of over 300 United States, military, state and international flags. Veteran’s Park is next door.
33 Gibson St.
Columbus NC 28722

Nina Simone Plaza
Nina was born in Tryon in 1933. She became an international music sensation and is honored with a sculpture of her seated at a piano.
54 N. Trade St
Tryon NC 28782

Pacolet River Scenic Byway- Hwy 176
A 10-mile scenic drive from Tryon to Saluda along the Pacolet River. Pass historic site, beautiful waters and scenic vistas along the Saluda Grade, a famous railroad incline.
Hwy 176

Polk County Courthouse / NC Civil War Trail Marker
Built in 1859 using local bricks. On National Historic Register. Restored and still in active use. Stoneman’s Raid passed here during the Civil War. Courthouse St
Columbus NC 28722

Shunkawaken Falls/Sunset Rock Scenic Loop
150ft drive by waterfall on winding White Oak Mountain Drive. Pull over on the left past the falls.
Continue .7 miles to Sunset Rock Overlook and down Skyuka Mountain Road.

Columbus NC