Pearson's Falls and Glen - First Peak of the Blue Ridge
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Pearson’s Falls and Glen

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a rich forest with a ¼ mile hike to a beautiful 90-ft. waterfall. Voted 2020 Best Place to take a Hike! (Best of the Best by the Tryon Daily Bulletin)

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a top natural attraction in Polk County, NC, hosting over 30,000 visitors each year. It is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina off Hwy. 176, between the towns of Tryon and Saluda.

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This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 268 acres of rich cove forest, spring-fed streams, and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90-ft. waterfall. The preserve boasts having over 350 species of rare wildflowers and plants. Mosses, lichens, shrubs, and a variety of trees reside in this Glen, which is classified as a deciduous climax forest. Pearson’s Falls is a perfect stop when visiting the area. We have picnic facilities and can accommodate all types of groups and cyclists.

Pearson’s Falls is owned and maintained by The Tryon Garden Club, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Hours and Admission Fees
March 1 – October 31
Open 7 Days / Week
10 AM – 6 PM  Last ticket sold at at 5:00 PM
Gate closes at 6pm

November – December & February
Open 7 Days / Week
10 AM – 5 PM Last ticket sold at 4:00 PM
Gate closes at 5pm

Closed the month of January, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


Adults (13 and up): $5.00
Ages 6-12: $1.00
Under 6: Free

*Debit and Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

NO PETS ALLOWED. We are all animal lovers, but because Pearson’s Falls Glen is a private botanical preserve, only leashed service dogs are allowed. No swimming or wading.

The Tryon Garden Club asks you to respect the native plants and flowers that grow here. Please stay on the paths and preserve plant habitats. Help us to ensure that the Glen is available for future generations to visit and enjoy. For your safety, wading, swimming and rock climbing are not permitted.