Located in the central Blue Ridge mountains and foothills, the area is known for its mild climate due to the “Thermal Belt.” Warm air settles and moderates the temperatures, cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This phenomenon allows for outdoor activities and events to be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
Always know as “The Friendliest Town In The South”, Tryon has been a Mecca for people from all walks of life. You’ll find all types of artists, musicians, writers, retired military, people involved in equestrian pursuits and also people who are just looking to live in a small town. For a small town, this place has a metropolitan feel to it.
For the ones whom love the finer things in life, be sure to check out the Tryon Fine Arts Center. They host local production plays, chamber music, traditional dance groups and local musicians. The Tryon Movie Theater has been in place since the mid 1930’s and it still uses the same dual projectors using carbon rods for lighting. The movie theater shows films that have been out about 3-6 weeks (since it is very expensive for 1st run movies), they run Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 8:00 and on Sunday at 3:00. They also have a film society which shows foreign films and independent film maker movies on Monday & Tuesday evenings at 7:00.
Small towns, historic sites, fine art and craft, scenic vistas, and friendly people make Polk County a place you will want to visit over and over. F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Lady Astor, Sidney Lanier, Calvin Coolidge, William Gillette, and David Niven were regular guests.
Tryon has a reputation as a premier retirement area. It has been listed as one of the top ten retirement communities by Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
Equestrian roots have over 50-years of heritage in Tryon including steeplechase, dressage, hunter-jumper, and carriage-driving events. The Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center), and other equestrian organizations host events from March through early December. The Block House Steeplechase Races, held in April, have been an annual event for over 60 years.
Founded in 1925, The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club sponsors the Block House Steeplechase Races and several other horse shows throughout the year. In 1985 FENCE was created as a non-profit and education center. FENCE is actually Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, and they offer everything from hiking trails to riding trails, plus much more.