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Ball Fields at Polk Middle School
This County park is located off Hwy 108 in Mill Spring. The park offers three baseball fields, a small playground, two tennis courts, a fishing pond with a wooden dock and a hiking trail. For details contact the Polk County Recreation Department at 828-894-8199.
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.
Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure
Chimney Rock Park includes a 404-foot waterfall, hiking trails, a nursery, and spectacular views. It lies in Hickory Nut Gorge and overlooks picturesque Lake Lure (site of the movie Dirty Dancing). 25-minute drive
Fishing and Boating at Lake Adger
Lake Adger, located in Mill Spring off Silver Creek Rd., has been stocked with Muskellunge (Muskies) as part of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources fish stocking program. The Muskies are raised at the Table Rock State Fish Hatchery and the juvenile fish are released into Lake Adger in Oct.
Fishing at Laughter Pond
Laughter Pond, accessed through the Polk County Recreation Complex at Polk County Middle School, is stocked with catfish. Owned by Woodland Mills, the pond was opened to the public via a cooperative effort of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Polk County Parks and Recreation.
Fishing in Polk County
There's great fishing in Polk County! Why not bring along a child and introduce them to fishing in waters where the fishing tends to be a little easier and a whole lot of fun.
Geocaching and Letterboxing and Questing
The First Peak of the Blue Ridge is host to many geocaches and finds, from those just off exit ramps to those that encourage you to explore the area and delve a little deeper into our beautiful countryside. If you're new to geocaching, check out info on how to get started.
Gibson Park
This park features a pool (late May to August), a baseball diamond, an unpaved volleyball court and a small playground. Located on Park Street in Columbus.
Gibson Park Pool
Public swimming pool. Summer hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 noon to 5 pm. Sunday, 1:00 to 5 pm. Fee for pool use. Annual pass available. For information call 828-894-2646.
Greenes Corner
Located across from Tryon Fine Arts Center, this meticulously landscaped corner park has seasonal flowers, benches, and a gazebo. Can be used for wedding or reception or both. Also, can be used in conjunction with Farwell Garden across street and facilities of Fine Arts Center.
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
McCreery Park
Located in downtown Saluda. McCreery Park features playground equipment and a covered picnic area. Restrooms are available year round. The covered picnic area may be reserved for group gatherings.
Pearsons Falls
Beautiful Pearson's Falls is located in the foothills of Western North Carolina and is comprised of 268 acres of virgin forest, spring-fed streams and a 90 ft. waterfall.
Regulations Digest for NC Inland Fishing Hunting and Trapping
The Regulations Digest for North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping should be consulted for specific seasons and regulations.
Regulations for Hunting in Polk County
It is unlawful in Polk County to possess or set a steel trap, except on land owned or leased solely for agricultural purposes by the trapper. It is unlawful to hunt with a firearm from or on a public road or the right-of-way thereof.
Rogers Park
This town park features a 250-seat amphitheater made of stone and a reception/gathering area. A small creek and short trails meander through the park. There are rock walls and beautiful landscaping. Local events and performances are held here including the popular Rogers Park Summer Concert series
Saluda School Tennis Courts and Playground
There are two public tennis courts, one outdoor basketball goal and a baseball field for use by the public when school is not in session, primarily on weekends and summer months. The facilities are located near downtown Saluda.
Searcy Field
Located along Highway 108 near the Mill Spring cross road, Searcy Field features two baseball fields and limited parking.
Stearns Park
Stearns Park is located in the heart of downtown Columbus with a breathtaking view of the mountains on one side and the Historic Polk County Courthouse on the other. There is lots of room for the kids to run and play, with a gazebo, walking track and picnic area as well.
The Park on Trade
Tryon's newest park is located on the corner of West Howard Street and North Trade Street. The park features attractive landscaping, park benches and a decorative water fountain.
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.
Tryon Depot Garden
The 1906 Tryon Train Depot is the site of the town's depot garden. Since the 1940s, the Depot Garden has been maintained by the Tryon Garden Club. As you stroll, you can explore the historic railroad station or find a quiet retreat for lunch on one of the the comfortable benches overlooking Trade S
Veterans Park
Beautiful small park with fountain and memorial to Polk County war veterans. Picnic tables, water tap. This is the site of the Columbus Summer Concert series and other special events. Located on the corner of Gibson and Ward St.
Woodland Park
Woodland Park is approximately 10 acres of natural park located just off Chestnut Street. There are wonderful rustic natural trails for short hikes and benches so you can sit next to a meandering stream. For more information contact the Town of Tryon at 828-859-6656
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