Places to Visit in Polk County, Landrum and Spartanburg

FENCE (FOOTHILLS EQUESTRIAN NATURE CENTER, Inc.) is a unique nature education and recreation facility nestled on more than 300 acres of green space in Tryon’s Old Hunting Country. FENCE combines facilities for nature education, including more than five miles of nature trails and nature exhibits at the FENCE Center, with an award-winning equestrian facility featuring two lighted show rings and stabling for over 200 horses. An active bird watching program includes FENCE Ventures (professionally guided travel programs to other parts of the Southeast and to Europe and Central America) as well as a number of nature study programs for adults. Website: http://www.fence.org

TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has quickly become an international hub for many of the world’s top equestrian athletes. They  welcomes guests 365 days a year to watch, dine, shop, and experience one of the premier riding facilities in the world built for the love of horses and our sport.

  • Watch riders and horses from all over the United States compete at TIEC from the comfort of our elevated viewing areas around each ring with ample shade and seating. We designed them with spectators in mind! Admission to all of our horse shows is free and open to the public with complimentary parking. Competitions generally start at 8am and wind down in the late afternoon through 5pm. Click here for our event calendar to find out when the next show is! If you’ve never been to a horse show before, you might also find our FAQ section and Horse Show 101 page helpful.
  • During non-competition weeks, Tryon hosts other events including festivals and concerts. Come out to the facility, enjoy the views, and grab a bite to eat any day of the year! We encourage you to follow us on Facebook to stay informed on upcoming performances and special events!
  • “Saturday Night Lights” is a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping on select Saturday evenings throughout the year. Bring the whole family: admission, parking and carousel rides are all free! For more information on our favorite event of the week, click here.

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PEARSON’S FALLS GLEN is a remarkable botanical wonderland located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Polk County just off Route 176, 4 miles north of Tryon or 3 miles south of Saluda. For over 80 years the members of the Tryon Garden Club have been active stewards of this magnificent natural wonder. This serene preserve is comprised of 268 acres with spring fed streams along the ¼ mile easy hike to the 90 ft. waterfall. There are over 200 species of native trees, flowering plants, algae and mosses in the preserve. Picnic tables are available but no alcohol, fires, swimming or climbing allowed. Service dogs only. Admission fee: Adults – $5.00, Age 6-12: $1.00 and under 6, Free. Fees and donations go towards the maintenance of the trails and property. Improvements to the pathways, picnic facilities and buildings are made possible through the generous contributions of friends and visitors to the Glen and through memorials to club members and benefactors. In 1987, Pearson’s Falls and Glen were named to the North Carolina Registry of National Heritage Areas and in 2002 was placed in the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Gardens. Additional information and hours of operation: 828-749-3031.or http://www.pearsonsfalls.org

THE POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, originally chartered in October 1962, was reorganized in 1977 under the directorship of Dr. Joseph Placak. The Polk County Museum was then established in the Tryon Depot and renovated in 1978. Local records, books, photographs, and other artifacts of historical significance are housed there. Hours: Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m. until 12 noon and by appointment.

HARMON FIELD is a 46-acre park that contains a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 4 horse rings, 140 stalls, 3 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, tennis courts, an open air gym with basketball courts, playground, horseshoes, tetherball, putting green, walking trails, rental facilities, shelters, grills, the N. Pacolet River and a concession stand. Harmon Field is the home to the annual BBQ Festival. They are located at 272 Harmon Field Road in Tryon between NC Hwy 176 and NC Hwy 108. You can come to the park for a reunion, a game, or just to walk your dog! Not only do they rent shelters, but also have a ‘˜toy tub’ that contain horseshoes, croquet, bocce, badminton, to name a few. Call the Town of Tryon at 828-859-6655 for more information or to reserve the cabin or shelter for a special event. Website: www.harmonfield.com

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE‘”The Polk County Courthouse was completed in September 1859, four years after the North Carolina General Assembly established Polk as a permanent county. Built by slaves, using native clay bricks, the two-story Greek Revival structure has been recently restored, and is the only permanent courthouse that has served Polk County since its founding. On the National Historic Register, it is located in Columbus.

POLK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM ‘“ Built in October 1992, it seats 750, has a total state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and an orchestra pit. It is designed to accommodate solos to a full symphony. The Auditorium has hosted such events as the Augusta Ballet, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and many student programs. It is available to the community, both profit and non-profit and is maintained by the staff and students.

LANIER LIBRARY is Polk County’s oldest civic organization still in operation. The library was founded in 1890 and named after poet Sidney Lanier whose widow donated the first books. Housed in the same building since 1905, the library is located at 72 Chestnut Street in Tryon ‘“ beside the Tryon Fine Arts Center and behind the post office. There is an annual membership fee to fund books and programs of literary and cultural interest. From the nineteenth century into the 21st century, this non-profit association is dedicated to bringing the best to our community. New members and volunteers are always welcome! Website: http://www.lanierlib.org/

TRYON ARTS AND CRAFTS SCHOOL is located on Harmon Field Road. The building offers 10,000 square feet providing TAC an opportunity for growth. Website: http://www.tryonartsandcrafts.org/

HOUSE OF FLAGS: Formed by a group of veterans, the House of Flags contains replicas of all the flags that have flown over the capitol of the United States, plus flags from all the 50 states of the union. The collection also contains flags representing the branches of the armed services and flags of other nations. Flags and related materials are available for purchase. Website: http://www.houseofflags.org

The TRYON PAINTERS & SCULPTORS are composed of professional and amateur artists, some of whom are nationally known. One of this group’s objectives is to provide the community with varied monthly art exhibits in the gallery. The Gallery is considered by many visiting artists to be one of the finest small galleries in the Carolinas. It operates without Federal, State or Municipal support. Website: www.tryonpaintersandsculptors.com

The UPSTAIRS ARTSPACE GALLERY has monthly shows for the community featuring local professionals as well as those known nationally. Many of the events are juried shows. Website: http://www.upstairsartspace.org/

The TRYON RIDING & HUNT CLUB puts on many events every year, the best known being the Block House Steeplechase in April and the TR&HC Horse Show in May. Primary aim of the Club is to promote horsemanship of all kinds in the area, and to that end the TR&HC sponsors many types of equestrian events. The Green Creek Equestrian Center is under construction and when completed will offer many equestrian events. Website: www.trhcevents.org

The GREEN CREEK HOUNDS & TRYON HOUNDS in Polk County, NC foxhunt over the miles of rolling wooded land here, with its post and rail fences and ditches. Website: http://www.greencreekhounds.com/

PERFORMING ARTS: THE TRYON FINE ARTS CENTER has a 315-seat auditorium, a Mural Room for gatherings, an Exhibition Gallery, work rooms and an outdoor garden. The Tryon Fine Arts Center strives to provide a stimulating environment where creativity can flourish. We foster growing and evolving relationships between organizations engaged in or supporting the arts. We provide opportunities and facilities for the entire Carolina Foothills community in order to advance experience and participation in the arts, including music, drama, film and other cultural endeavors. Our galleries, lobbies and stage make the perfect setting for your event. Let us make your dreams a reality. Call 828-859-8322. Website: www.tryonarts.org

Tryon Little Theater has more than 900 members, produces four plays a year, including one musical. TLT holds acting workshops and play-reading groups, and members enjoy occasional picnics and parties. 828-859-2466, Website: http://www.tltinfo.org/ In Flat Rock, North Carolina, which is about a 30-minute drive, is the nationally known

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE. One of the finest Summer Stock theaters, it boasts visiting artists such as Joanne Woodward. Website: http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org. In Asheville, North Carolina which is 50 minutes away is a fine

LITTLE THEATRE, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The Symphony presents seven full orchestra concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center. Each concert features a performance by a guest artist. The Symphony’s programming reflects a desire to present both the “old favorites” as well as more recent works. Website: http://www.ashevillesymphony.org. In Brevard, North Carolina, approximately an hour away, is the well-known

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER which hosts nightly concerts during the summer months as well as a nationally recognized school of performing arts for youth. Guest artists and conductors are nationally as well as locally known. Website: http://www.brevardmusic.org/

In Spartanburg, The Chapman Cultural Center, owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, is the community’s preeminent common ground where the people of Spartanburg County and its visitors come together to discover, experience, and celebrate the performing and visual arts, science and history. The 86,000-square foot, three-building facility held its grand opening on October 3, 2007. Website: http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/

In Greenville, South Carolina, which is 45 minutes away, are the Peace Center (http://www.peacecenter.org) and the BI-LO Performing Arts Center (http://www.bilocenter.com). Both are state-of-the-art facilities presenting national and International performers year-round.

WINERIES:

GREEN CREEK WINERY: Tour Polk County’s newest vineyard and winery. Enjoy the new tasting room/gift shop and winery. Sip wine on the patio with vineyard and distant mountain vistas. They host weddings, receptions, private parties, and business events. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 PM. Gilbert Road, 828-863-2182. Website: http://www.greencreekwinery.com/

OVERMOUNTAN VINEYARDS was established in 2002 as a commercial vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of NC and is planted on ten acres of fertile farmland. While visiting, you will see a working vineyard. You will enjoy the picturesque views as you enjoy a walk through the vineyard. If you are looking for a rental cabin at a vineyard, this is the place to be! Sit back, relax and take in the breath taking views. Plan your next vacation getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and discover Overmountain Vineyards. 828-863-4098. Website: http://overmountainvineyards.com/

MOUNTAIN BROOK VINEYARDS crafting wine is a labor of love. We take great care in nurturing our 7. acre vineyard, nestled in the isothermal belt foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tryon, North Carolina – Dennis Lanahan, founder and owner. Featuring Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux Blend. Open Friday- Sunday 1-6 PM. 731 Philips Dairy Rd., Tryon NC 28782 Phone: 828-817-4376. www.mountainbrookvineyards.com

PARKER-BINNS WINERY: In 2007, we bought a beautiful 35 acre parcel in Polk County, North Carolina, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since then, we have been developing a vineyard with 5 1/2 acres of wine grapes, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin. They are located just off Highway 108, approximately 2 1/2 miles East of Mill Spring, NC. Website: http://parker-binnsvineyard.com