Polk County, North Carolina Vacations (NC)

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Home of Historic Tryon

Located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Polk County is the perfect destination for travelers seeking outdoor adventure. Known for it's mild weather due to the "Thermal Belt", this area offers visitors warmer temperatures in winter and cooler temperatures in summer.

You'll find outdoor activities including horseback riding at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center and Steeplechase Races at Tryon Riding and Hunt Club.

Enjoy a walk in the woods? Visit the trails in the Norman Wilder Forest. Want something a little more adventurous? Check out the trail to Big Bradley Falls, a primitive, unmarked, untended section of the Green River Gamelands.

But be warned, it's not for the faint of heart! The Green River Game Lands also offers family activities such as swimming, fishing or kayaking.

If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, visit Tryon, one of North Carolina's leading year-round resorts. Listed as one of the top 10 retirement communities by Money Magazine, locals refer to it as "The Friendliest Town in the South"

The cultural value of the area has been enhanced by the Tryon Fine Arts Center with its 315-seat auditorium and exhibition gallery. The Tryon Little Theatre produces four plays each year, and classes are offered on weaving, silver making, copper work, rug hooking, crewel and needlepoint, wood carving & oshibana.

To delve deeper into the arts and crafts culture of the area, a stop by the Polk County Historical Museum, located in the historical Tryon Train Depot, is highly recommended. The mild climate and friendly hometown faces make Polk County a beautiful and scenic vacation destination. Just one visit and you'll see why people like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were drawn to Polk County time and time again.

For more information on this mountain county, go to the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.