Photo courtesy of Beth Coleman.
Activities & Interests
The remarkable botanical diversity and beautiful waterfall in this peaceful glen near Tryon, North Carolina, have attracted nature-lovers, botanists, and picnickers for many generations. Visitors can enjoy the 90-foot falls and native wildflower garden, as well as the over 200 ferns, flowering plants, algae, and mosses by hiking a quarter-mile trail.
The 268-acre glen was named for a young engineer, Charles William Pearson, who scouted the mountains for what was to become the Southern Railroad. In 1931, the Tryon Garden Club bought the property in order to preserve this unique mountain Glen. Through the generosity of an honorary member and careful planning of the group, the club members purchased the several hundred acres of this wildlife preserve. Although open to the public, the property remains under the ownership and protection of the Tryon Garden Club.
Area colleges and universities use Pearson's Falls as an outdoor laboratory, and it is the site of frequent student field trips.
Hours of Operation
March - October: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5:15pm, Sunday 10 am - 5:15pm (Gates will close at 6pm)
November - February: Monday - Saturday 10am - 4:15pm, Sunday 10 am - 4:15pm (Gates will close at 5pm)
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, all of January. Gate schedule subject to change due to weather or trail maintenance.
Adults (ages 13 and up): $5.00
Children (ages 6-12): $1.00
Children under 6: free
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
Pearson's Falls is located just off Route 176, four miles north of Tryon, NC, or three miles south of Saluda, NC. Look for signs to the Falls.
2720 Pearson Falls Road
Saluda, NC, 28733
- Saluda (2 miles)
First a mere crossroads for traders and drovers after the Civil War, then a thriving railroad town
- Green River Gorge (4 miles)
The rugged Green River Gorge, southeast of Hendersonville, NC, boasts some of the most popular whitewater rapids in the eastern U.S.
- Tryon Arts and Crafts School (5 miles)
Tryon Arts and Crafts School (TACS), in Tryon, NC, is a regional center for arts and crafts in the Appalachian Foothills.