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.
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
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.
Green River Cove
North Carolina gamelands with two access areas to the Green River--Fish Top and Big Rock offering kayaking, tubing, hiking and other outdoor activities. However, swimming is not allowed. Hiking trail map available through First Peak Visitor Center.
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.
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.
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.
The Tryon Riding and Hunt Club
The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TRHC) is a non-profit (501c3) organization that was founded in 1925 for the purpose of supporting and preserving the equestrian tradition in Polk County and Upstate South Carolina.
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.