Pearson’s Falls is a stunning 90 foot waterfall located in Polk County, NC near the charming town of Saluda. Located less than an hour outside of Greenville, SC and just 45 minutes from downtown Asheville, Pearson’s Falls is one of the many beautiful waterfalls situated in the foothills of Western North Carolina.
The trail to Pearson’s Falls is just a quarter mile in length. It is slightly inclined with hand railings installed along most of the route. Parts of the trail have been fitted with stone steps. These accommodations make the trail great for families with small children to enjoy.
The walk to the falls follows along a beautiful stream which boasts several “mini falls” which serve as an added bonus to the main attraction. There are two viewpoints at the end of the trail. One brings you up close and personal to the falls. The other point brings you to the front of a smaller ‘waterfall’ with the larger Pearson’s Falls in the background.
The park has several picnic tables and benches as well as a covered picnic shelter that can be reserved for groups. A public restroom is located in the parking area.
Pearson’s Falls and Glenn is owned by the Tryon Garden Club and therefore there is a small fee to enter: $5 per adult, $1 per child. From March to the end of October the park is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. The park’s winter hours are as follows:
November & February-open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm
December-closed on Wednesdays open 10 am to 5 pm all other days
The park does see snowfall in the winter months and it seems to stay open. I had the privilege of experiencing the falls when the park was under a blanket of snow and it was truly magnificent.
While walking the trail, I said to my friend “this reminds me of the song over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.” It also felt a bit like I had walked through the wardrobe and into Narnia. So basically this is the type of forest that books and poems are inspired by.
I am not a huge fan of overdeveloped hikes with railings, stairs and lots of added amenities, however, this nature area did not feel too artificial. Either way the beauty of Pearson’s Falls itself makes it worth the trip to the park.