Nestled amid a verdant rolling landscape, Tryon, N.C., is famed for its mild climate, outdoor activities, and equestrian history. Everything from lush vineyards to delightful antique and vintage shops to farm-to-table restaurants draws visitors and locals alike to this Western N.C. destination.
Situated in Polk County, Tryon has a population of around 1,600 and enjoys a long history as a tourism destination. Once a retreat for writers and artists, as well as a health destination for those suffering from tuberculosis, today Tryon is reputed for its equestrian-related activities. In nearby Mill Spring sits the renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center, an expansive, 1,400-acre facility featuring all things equestrian, as well as an entertainment complex housing restaurants, a health club, tennis courts, mountain bike park, climbing walls, a pool, and many other amenities to enjoy.
Tryon’s vibrant art community
Tryon is home to a vibrant art community, boasting everything from arts and crafts instruction to theater performances to music festivals. Tryon Arts & Crafts offers professional studios for a wide variety of arts, including fiber, pottery, jewelry and blacksmithing. The Tryon Concert Association provides a series of four concerts from the fall through spring with top-caliber talent. Tryon Little Theater performs four productions a year, plus classes and workshops.
Tryon is home to several parks, including downtown’s Rogers Park, with an open-air amphitheater, a small creek and trails. Landscaping features native plants and Crab Orchard stone walls. Visitors to Greene Corner, on Melrose Avenue across from the entrance to the Tryon Fine Arts Center, can enjoy a beautiful garden and gazebo. Harmon Field, a 46-acre park, offers a variety of activities, from trail walking to active sports participation. Harmon is home to four horse rings and 140 stalls, three baseball fields, two soccer fields, four tennis courts, basketball courts, putting green, disc golf course, and a playground.
Enjoy Blue Ridge recreation
For nature lovers, Tryon offers popular spots for taking in the area’s famed Blue Ridge beauty. Pacolet Scenic Byway, one of N.C.’s Scenic Byways, boasts views of the Pacolet River and waterfalls. Pearson's Falls Natural Heritage Site, named for its 90-foot waterfall and located between Tryon and Saluda, offers a picnic area, as well as hiking and biking trails. Its botanical preserve offers more than 200 species of wildflowers and plants.
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