Tryon, North Carolina, is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the Thermal Belt region of western North Carolina. Year after year, Tryon’s moderate winters, cool summer breezes, rolling landscapes, and mountain views attract both those in search of the perfect place to vacation and those looking for a new place to call home. Specifically, Tryon is located only four miles west of Interstate Highway 26 (Exit 67) on US Highway 176/NC Highway 108. Although a small community with an abundance of rural character, Tryon is within easy driving distance of many major population centers – Spartanburg, South Carolina (30 miles), Greenville, South Carolina (31 miles), Asheville, North Carolina (45 miles), Charlotte, North Carolina (88 miles), Columbia, South Carolina (118 miles), and Atlanta, Georgia (191 miles).
Two agricultural industries historically played a major role in helping to shape Tryon’s economy and culture, equestrian activities and vineyards. The Tryon Riding and Hunt Club (TRHC) was formed in 1925 by visionary entrepreneur and region promoter Carter P. Brown. The TRHC has held the famous Block House Steeplechase annually since 1946 Under the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, the Tryon Horse Show was founded in 1929 and still continues annually to this day. The first steeplechase in the area was hosted in the 1930s, and the current Block House Steeplechase is now over 60 years old. Tryon also hosted the US Equestrian Team during their training for the 1956 Olympics.
The equestrian lifestyle of Tryon Horse Country has continued to grow and expand throughout the years. Additional event facilities have been constructed, new equestrian-focused organizations have been formed, and equestrians from around the country continue to migrate to this unique, rural area along the NC/SC state line.
- Places To Eat In Tryon
North Trade Cafe & Bakery
Caro-Mi Dining Room
- Things To Do In Tryon
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon’s Antique Mall & Marketplace
Mountain Brook Vineyards
Nina Simone Plaza
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Schools in Tryon (Polk County Schools)
Sunny View Elementary School (Mills Spring)
Tryon SDA School (private K-8th)
Polk Central Elementary (Mills Spring)
Polk County Middle School (Mills Spring)
Polk County High School (Columbus)
Saluda Elementary School (Saluda)
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has quickly become an international hub for many of the world’s top equestrian athletes. They welcomes guests 365 days a year to watch, dine, shop, and experience one of the premier riding facilities in the world built for the love of horses and our sport. Located in Mills Spring, NC and is a year around venue, Tryon International Equestrian Center will triple in size and host the 14-day FEI World Equestrian Games in September. In addition, see 40 weeks of competition with Olympic-level riders and horses in the country. The first phases of the resort opened in 2014, including a 6,000-seat outdoor stadium, stables, arenas, restaurants and shops. Located between Rutherfordton and Columbus, it’s about 13 miles east of the town of Tryon. The 48-mile drive from Asheville is an easy one via a freeway (I-26 and US 74). While its restaurants are open all year, competitions generally run April through November. Except for the World Games, there’s usually no admission fee. Watch hunter/jumper and dressage horse shows from a variety of stadium seating and tables. On competition days, the action runs from around 8 AM until 5 PM. On many Saturday nights, watch the highest level of competitive horse jumping at the Grand Prix with plenty of extra things to do.
Dinning at the International Equestrian Center
Open year-round are four restaurants. The 50s-inspired Roger’s Diner features classic and southern favorites like burgers, patty melts, grits and milkshakes along with breakfast all day, every day. Legends Grille serves lunch and dinner Wednesday-Sunday with casual elegance. Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles (Wed-Sun) has the freshest seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Campagna Italian is usually open Wednesday-Sunday. The Legends Club offers tables of six with prime viewing in the stadium, with a buffet breakfast and lunch from Wednesday-Sunday, and Saturday dinner each week of series. During competition weeks, try Mane Street Coffee, Triple Crown Deli & Subs, Clear Rounds Pub and The Siesta Cantina.