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Tryon, NC

Discover Breathtaking Woods and Hills in Tryon, NC

The graceful wooded town of Tryon, NC sits at the base of Tryon Peak in the Southeast Appalachians. It's a quiet yet vibrant town known for its beautiful horse farms and equestrian community, for its love of the arts and humanities, and for its year-round beautiful weather. Though very close to major cities in the southeast—it's only about an hour and a half from Charlotte and an hour from Greenville, SC—Tryon feels a world apart.

Because it's tucked into the mountains and hills, the Tryon area is protected from most extreme weather temperatures. This means cooler summers and warmer winters than nearby areas higher up in the mountains or in the more southern or eastern foothills.  The temperate climate and natural beauty have made it a popular retreat for those seeking milder winters, including outdoor enthusiasts, equestrians, city and beach dwellers looking for a quiet escape, and even grape-growing businesses like wineries.

With a quiet, woodsy atmosphere offering plenty of outdoor recreation and small-town culture without the big-city bustle and tourism of some of its surrounding areas, Tryon truly is the perfect vacation escape.

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Spotlights of Tryon

Downtown Tryon

Downtown Tryon is as filled with fun as it is quaint and charming. Here, you'll find a plethora of unique businesses, including boutiques and shops, restaurants and bars, and plenty of art studios and galleries. It also hosts numerous events.

Tryon Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is one of the equestrian community's finest competitive venues. It hosts numerous international-level events, including the World Equestrian Games. It's also home to Tryon Sports Complex.

Outdoor Exploration

Tryon is surrounded by the endless possibilities of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you can find endless opportunities for getting outside—hiking and biking, camping, golfing, fishing and hunting, boating and paddling, skiing, and more.

Tryon at a Glance

Getting Around

Greenville, SC: 30 miles, 45 minutes
Asheville, NC: 45 miles, 45 minutes
Charlotte, NC: 89 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes
Major Roads: I-26, US-176, US-29


Population: 1,669
County: Polk
Median Home Value: $173,600
Median Rent: $1,087

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Living in Tryon

Tryon is located away from the commotion and noise of city life but isn’t far enough into the mountains to be affected by the hassles of true mountain-living (long, winding uphill roads, massive storms that snow residents in for weeks). This means that you can enjoy a truly peaceful and serene vacation from big-city life without the worries of remote living. And if you do want to experience the excitement of a bigger city, such as Asheville or Charlotte, downtown entertainment is never more than a short drive away.

Mountain Fun is Close at Hand

Because it’s located so close to the mountains, Tryon is a prime spot for outdoor recreation. This includes mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, and horseback riding. Hiking and biking in Tryon are among the best in the state, with miles of trails winding through acres of untouched forest filled with hundreds of species of native flora and fauna and even beautiful cliffs, waterfalls, and babbling streams.

Boating and fishing can also be enjoyed on Lake Lanier and Lake Adger. This includes canoeing, kayaking, and motorboat sports such as skiing and tubing.

A Community No Horse-Lover Should Miss

In 1925, an enterprising man named Carter Brown arrived from Castle Park, Michigan and established the Tryon Horse and Hound Show (now known as the Tryon Horse Show), and since then, Tryon has been known for its equestrian competitions, drawing hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators each year.

The town’s equine roots inspired the 2014 construction of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which is now in use. It is a destination no horse-lover should miss

A Short Trip to Bigger Cities

Though downtown Tryon has its own small-town charm, Tryon is primed for the exploration of neighboring cities. 

For a little change of pace from the quiet mountain living, Tryon is conveniently located within an easy drive of several larger cities. Tryon is located south of Asheville and west of Charlotte in North Carolina, and just north of Spartanburg and Greenville in South Carolina.

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Thriving Art Community

Artists, writers, and architects from around the world make for a thriving art culture in Tryon, which is reflected in its many galleries, studios, theaters, and even in its architecture.

What does this mean for real estate and vacation homes in Tryon? It means that homes here are grand, elegant, designed with art in mind. Many homes, besides boasting unique, beautiful, or modern designs, are also made with natural or organic materials and offer various green certifications, such as LEED Certification, Energy Star Qualified, and NAHB National Green Building Standard.

Explore Tryon's Rich History

Named for William Tryon, North Carolina’s colonial governor from 1764 to 1771, the town of Tryon grew in population and prominence in 1877 with Southern Railway’s rail expansion from South Carolina’s seaports into North Carolina, Tennessee and the Ohio Valley. This attracted more businesses and visitors to Tryon and, with them, more permanent residents, prompting the area to receive its town charter in 1885, cementing Tryon as a town and destination point.

One of Tryon’s most famous residents was the renowned poet Sidney Lanier, who moved there in 1881. Sadly, Mr. Lanier died of tuberculosis only a few months later. In 1889 a private library was built in his honor. The Lanier Library Association is the oldest civic establishment in Tryon, and its library is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays.

Also indicative of the town’s interconnectedness with horses is Morris, Tryon’s large wooden toy horse mascot mounted on a rolling platform. Built in 1928 by two workers at Tryon Toy Makers to be part of the town’s annual parade and to promote the Tryon Horse Show, Morris’s likeness graces storefronts, attractions and other spots all over town.

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Tryon Vacation Rentals

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Gillette Woods Entrance
$209,000 - $559,000
$150,000 - $700,000
$15,000 - $245,000
Sq Ft: 1,300+

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