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Tryon’s Nina Simone receives recognition in 2018

In 2018, some much-deserved recognition has come to Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, N.C. in 1933. The world famous jazz singer known as the High Priestess of Soul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2018.  Her…

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Sneak Away to Small Town Comfort

Known as a cool summer resort area in the late 1800s for those living in the heat and humidity of the low country, the small towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus are a year-round treat for travelers today. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway…

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Green River Gamelands

Thousands of visitors journey to Western North Carolina each year in search of backcountry adventures, and many find their heart’s desire in the Green River Game Lands, 14,000-plus acres of pristine wilderness in Polk and Henderson counties….

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First Peak Videos: Your Guide to Fall

We spent a week exploring fall fun at the First Peak of the Blue Ridge. You’ll find six of the videos on this page, so be sure to scroll down and watch them all, plus watch The Orchard Inn’s cooking demo here!  We talked about scenic…

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Wow! Here's a rare closeup view of the 2 visible sections of Shunkawauken Falls - you can see them from a distance while driving on I-26W at Exit 67 in Columbus, NC. You can also get a closer look at the upper section via a scenic driving loop on a winding residential road. Nice footage Blake.Is!!

The falls just after a big spring rain storm
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On the many occasions I have cause to drive "up the mountain" I point out this majestic water fall cascading down the mountain. It's no more than eight miles from our Landrum home and soon the trees will fill out with their spring foliage and most of the falls will be obscured from view. Outstanding footage. It never gets old!🌄

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First Peak Visitor Center - Polk County, NC Travel & Tourism

So this happened today in front of the First Peak Visitor Center (Feb 7, 2019)! A sneak peek at spring! ... See MoreSee Less

So this happened today in front of the First Peak Visitor Center (Feb 7, 2019)!  A sneak peek at spring!
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