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Bike Tours
Biking in rural Polk County provides gentle hills and steep grades where you will encounter mountain vistas, river gorges, and horse farms. Below are a few possibilities from the easy to the highly challenging.
Blue Wall Passage
The Blue Wall Passage crosses pristine natural areas managed by The Nature Conservancy and home to more than 100 species of birds.
Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexanders Ford
The Preserve was acquired through multiple grants to help tell the story of the Overmountain Men, a rag-tag group of area militia that chased down a British general during the Revolutionary War and won a piviotal battle at Kings Mountain.
Croft State Natural Area
Near Spartanburg, SC, this 7,000 acre park offers two lakes, fishing, boating, hiking, tennis, biking, and horseback riding (bring your own horse). 45-minute drive
FENCE - Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
On this 390-acre nature preserve, find hiking and horseback-riding trails, nature center, pond, boardwalk, and picnic area. FENCE and the Pacolet Area Conservancy Saturday hikes throughout the year. Check the calendar for equestrian events, bird walks, concerts, and more. Free and open to the public
Harmon Field
Harmon Field is a public park of approximately 45 acres dedicated to sports and recreation. It is the home of the nationally recognized Blue Ridge BBQ Festival and host of many equine events. At Harmon Field you will find paved walking trails, covered picnic tables, a fenced Tiny Tot playground, bas
Norman Wilder Forest
This beautiful natural resource consists of 185 protected acres of mature third-growth, mixed-hardwood forest located on the steep slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. Trails provide hikers with a leafy canopy of shade trees and stunning views of sheer rock walls.
Pacolet River Scenic Byway
Drive along this scenic 10-mile byway that follows the Pacolet River from Tryon to historic Saluda. View waterfalls, wildflowers, and beautiful vistas. Take US 176 North from Tryon or South from Saluda.
Poinsett Reservoir Passage of the Palmetto Trail
Poinsett Reservoir Passage travels the mountain ridges along the northern boundary of Poinsett Watershed. This pristine watershed of 19,000 acres contains the headwaters feeding Poinsett Reservoir of the Greenville Water System.
Scenic Drives
For scenery, take Houston Road out of Columbus (stay right at fork), turn left onto White Oak Mountain Road and drive to the top, passing Shunkawauken Falls. Continue on the gravel road to Sunset Rock with its expansive views. Spend a few minutes and snap a photo, then head back the way you came.
Tom Raymond Fitness Trail
Located behind St. Luke's hospital on Highway 108, the foot path features fitness stations as well as an attractive hardwood forest setting. The trail can be accessed via the back parking lot of the hospital, from the Polk County Public Library.
Trails of the Green River Gamelands
The Trails of the Green River Gamelands are a rugged tract of more than 10,000 acres located along the Green River in Henderson and Polk Counties. Owned by the state, the primary purpose of NC Game Lands is wildlife conservation and management--hunting, fishing, trapping are allowed.
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