With the waterfalls, mountains, museums and more, recreation is almost unlimited.
In addition to the Pacolet River and the Green River coursing through our county trails and park areas, this area has luxurious golf courses, boating and mountain biking to name just a few outdoor activities. There’s great fishing in Polk County, too! Hatchery supported trout waters are stocked with thousands of catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow on a monthly basis from March to August.
And don’t miss these Local Gems!
Along with all the lovely shops, boutiques and galleries in each of our “String of Pearls” towns (Columbus, Saluda, Tryon and next door – Landrum, SC) here are some unique treasures we are especially proud of.
There is almost always something happening
Year ’round, we love our Festivals. Check the Master Arts Calendar
In the summer months there are outdoor concerts at the Fine Arts Center & Rogers Park in Tryon, Stearns Park in Columbus and McCreery Park in Saluda.
Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, there is lots of room for the kids to run and play, with a gazebo, walking track and picnic area as well. The site of one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the region – Fabulous 4th and many other holiday festivities are held here throughout the year. See Movies in the Park on the last Saturday of the month in June, July, and August.
Founded in 1890, the library is Polk County’s oldest civic organization still in operation and is named after poet Sidney Lanier whose widow donated the first books. With poetry competitions, brown bag lunches with authors, and many more literary events, this is still a vibrant gathering spot in the community.
House of Flags
Its the nation’s only flag museum and 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. There are also many other regiment flags and flags of other nations.
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Pearson’s Falls Glen
A serene botanical 268 acre preserve of over 200 species of native plants. A well maintained ¼ mile easy trail to a 90 foot waterfall. Owned and maintained by the members of the Tryon Garden Club since 1931.
A 46-acre park that contains a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 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, equine facilities, the N. Pacolet River and a concession stand.