Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a top natural attraction in Polk County, hosting more than 20,000 visitors each year. We are located in the foothills of western North Carolina off NC Hwy. 176, between the towns of Tryon and Saluda. It is only 18 miles or 26 minutes from TIEC.
This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 268 acres of rich cove forest, granite, spring-fed streams, and a moderate 1/4 mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall. We boast having more than 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. No alcohol, fires or pets allowed (except service dogs). No wading or swimming allowed.
A nominal admission fee helps maintain this non-profit site.