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Height: 90 Feet        Distance: 0.3 Mile       Directions

Pearson's Falls

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Pearson's Falls was discovered after the Civil War by Charles William Pearson. He scouted a railroad route from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Asheville, North Carolina. The 90 Foot cascade still bears his name today.

The Tryon Garden Club purchased the falls and surrounding glen in 1931. The club has maintained the land since then. There is a $2.00 per adult and $0.50 per child 6 - 12 yrs. entrance fee to view the falls. The proceeds for admission are used to maintain the property.

Park Hours:

(828)749-3031
Closed Mondays, except holidays.
Closed Monday and Tuesday, November 1 thru February 28
March 1 thru October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 1 thru February 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Directions to the falls:

  1. From the Junction of Main Street and U.S. 176 in Saluda, drive east on U.S. 176 for approximately 3 miles to Pearson Falls Road (S.R. 1102).
  2. Turn right onto Pearson Falls Road (S.R. 1102) and drive another 0.9 mile to the falls entrance on the left.