The Glorious Trees of Pearson’s Falls and Glen
Published 8:00 am Friday, October 7, 2022
The Tryon Garden Club is excited to announced a new tree identification project at
Pearson’s Falls! There are over 57 species of trees and woody shrubs within Pearson’s Falls
Glen. To help visitors learn to identify some of our trees, the Pearson’s Falls tree team has
added informational tree markers highlighting 20 different trees along the trail up to the falls.
The team carefully selected the different specimens so the leaves and upper parts could be
seen from the level of the trail.
We are fortunate to have a protected river cove forest here in Polk County. Pearson’s
Falls and Glen is a botanical preserve located between Saluda and Tryon on Highway 176. This
unique 300-acre habitat features a moderate 1/4-mile trail up rushing Colt’s Creek to the 90’
waterfall. Along the trail you will find 20 different trees identified with signs detailing their leaf
and individual characteristics. These signs include Tulip Poplar, Red Maple, White Oak, Eastern
Hemlock, American Beech, Yellow Buckeye, Sweet Birch, Ironwood, Rosebay Rhododendron,
and eleven more. You will also find mosses, ferns, seasonal wildflowers- currently asters and
golden rods, insects, butterflies, spiders and lots of rocks.
Do you know the largest species of tree in the Pearson’s Falls Glen is the tulip poplar?
This tree is a member of the magnolia family.
Do you know the oak trees at Pearson’s’ Falls are a keystone species? This means the
ecosystems of many of the other trees depend on the oak tree for survival.
Do you want to know more about our stately Eastern Hemlock or our enchanting
Come out to Pearson’s Falls at 2748 Pearson’s Falls Road, Saluda, NC 28773 between
now and early November and experience for yourself our new tree identification initiative. The
trees with markers currently have a piece of pink surveyor’s tape tied on them which makes
them easy to see. And as you hike the trail remember, decades of research show that taking a
walk or hike in the forest is good for your health. Getting a ‘nature fix’ can reduce stress,
improve attention, boost immunity and lift your mood!
Pearson’s Falls and Glen is owned and maintained by the Tryon Garden Club, a non-
profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural
world. Admission fees are used to maintain the property. Learn more at www.pearsonsfalls.org
or call 828-749-3031.
Submitted by Lucy Brannon