Tryon Horse Country
Christened “the friendliest town in the south,” Tryon lives up to its name. A quaint village in the southern Appalachians, the town was established in 1885 and quickly became a destination for artists, writers, industry leaders and most famously, horse people. For its small size (pop: 1700), Tryon packs quite the punch with a Fine Arts Center, a subscription library, Little Theater, multiple arts organizations and beautiful homes reflecting architectural styles from around the world with an area of approximately two square miles. The Town’s 2010 population was 1,646. However, this number swells during certain times of the year due to the large number of part-time residents and second homes in the area. tryon-nc.com
The Polk County center of government resides in Columbus. Small town friendly, it boasts a historical courthouse square, downtown shopping and restaurants. The community (pop: ) hosts the county’s historical museum as well as a flag museum and also features a plaza honoring its veterans. ColumbusNC.com
Green Creek, NC
Technically not a town, the area of Green Creek in southeastern Polk County is home to agricultural pursuits as well as many horse farms. The good pasture and rolling topography make it the natural choice of equestrians.
Mill Spring, NC
Recently the home of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, a $200M equestrian competition complex, Mill Spring is an unincorporated slice of Polk County which has seen recent interest and growth. Centered at the intersection of NC Hwy 9 and Hwy 108, the area boasts horse farms, organic farms growing a variety of foods and a large second home community surrounding Lake Adger.
A South Carolina small town sitting on the South Pacolet River and bordering of its northern cousin (NC), Campobello is part of the Spartanburg metro area. Campobello is convenient to I-26 and the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (S.C. 11). In keeping with tradition one of the Appalachian region’s most authentic annual folk celebrations is held in October, the Moonshiner’s Reunion and Mountain Music Festival.
Right over the state line in South Carolina, lies the city of Landrum. Founded in 1880 and located just west of Interstate 26 between Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina, this pearl of a small town is nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents and visitors alike enjoy drives along scenic roads, strolling through unique antique and specialty shops, and dining in Landrum‘s quaint eateries. Named one of the South’s outstanding small towns by Southern Living Magazine, Landrum host a vibrant downtown with various retail including boutiques and antique shops and award winning restaurants. CityofLandrumSC.com
This beautiful area is perfect for horses and equestrian enthusiasts alike. With the mild climate of the Isothermal Belt, Tryon Horse Country can be enjoyed year round. The equestrian experience extends beyond Tryon, NC into the neighboring towns of Landrum and Columbus.
Tryon Horse Country has been named one of the top equestrian regions in the country ( Equestrian Quarterly Magazine Summer 2013) and the overall area has been named “One of the Best Rural Places in America” and the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” Business Week 2012). For some families an equestrian sporting lifestyle is a way of reconnecting with old fashion values. For others it represents a life they are eager to experience. For competitive professionals and amatuers, the Tryon Horse Country lifestyle represents an ideal equestrian life.