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Pearson's Falls


This 267-acre property has been owned and maintained as a nature preserve by the Tryon Garden Club since 1931. Modest entrance fees partially offset the costs of operation. Proceeding from the parking area beyond the gatehouse, trails run in several directions. To the left of the picnic shelter, the main trail of this NC Natural Heritage site borders a rocky stream and leads through a mixed forest of hardwoods and hemlocks for 0.25 miles, to a 90-foot waterfall. The Pearson's Falls Glen along Colt Creek has long been noted for its abundance of native plants and wildflowers, but many bird species can also be seen and heard here. Watch and listen for birds typical of mountain forests, including a variety of wood warblers, thrushes and tanagers.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Eastern Wood-Pewee, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager


northern hardwood/cove forest, rocky outcrop, river/stream

Access and Parking

Open seven days a week, 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sunday. The gate closes 45 minutes prior to closing time. There is a $5 admission fee/adult.


Pearson's Falls is located off NC 176, 4miles north of Tryon and 3 miles south of Saluda. Signs mark the entrance.

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