Quaint, Quirky, Horse Country: Tryon, North Carolina

Tryon, North Carolina is a small town located in the foothills of Western North Carolina, just 40 miles south of Asheville near the state line. The town lies at the base of the Saluda Grade, the steepest standard-gauge railway grade in the country, at an elevation of 1,067 feet.

Calling itself “The Friendliest Town in the South,” Tryon is currently home to about 1,600 residents. However, that number is expected to change dramatically over the next few years. Tryon has become newly discovered by people flocking to the area for its equestrian events and facilities. In fact, Tryon has been one of the South’s top equestrian destinations for more than 100 years.

“When I lived in Florida, every summer we came to this area to horse show. And one summer, I opened a magazine and saw the real estate prices and I thought, ‘Why am I living in Florida?’” said Martha Hall, now a resident of Tryon. “The next thing I knew, I owned property here. I moved here 10 years ago with Elmo and a couple of my other horses and I’ve never looked back. I have no desire to go anywhere else. It’s just the greatest place to live.”

In Tryon, home buyers can truly Live the Life You Choose. Homes for sale in the area include hobby farms, planned equestrian communities, and urban living near the quirky downtown.

“Here, you know, you can buy so much more and have so much more,” said Martha. “I mean, you’ve got views, you’ve got this land, you’ve got riding facilities, you’ve got trail systems—it’s totally unique to anywhere I’ve been.”

Quaint, Quirky, Horse Country: Tryon, North Carolina


Located in North Carolina’s thermal belt, Tryon enjoys a milder climate than surrounding areas of elevation. “This area, I think, has just as many good riding days but a more temperate climate,” said Martha. “The [thermal] belt truly is cooler in the summer here and warmer in the winter than up on top of the mountain in Asheville.”

“And one of the things that people look at when they’re looking for real estate is [whether] the property is on a trail system. You can ride straight from your home right onto a trail system,” said Martha.

Tryon offers world-class equine veterinary, boarding, and training facilities, as well as more than 100 miles of private trail systems. The local 390-acre Foothills Equestrian Nature Center includes five miles of trails, suitable for hiking or riding, and a nature pond with a boardwalk. The center itself features three lighted show rings, spectacular seating, and stables for more than 200 horses.


The recently built Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts world-class equine events all year. It has been chosen as the host of the 2018 World Equine Games.

“The other interesting thing that’s happening in this area that’s very, very exciting is the [opening of the] equestrian center. They put in close to $100 million in this development—so it’s a world-class facility that draws international riders. And it will be a huge mecca for the show population.”

Tryon is conveniently located a short drive from many of the Southeast’s top cities and destinations. In addition to being just a short drive from Asheville and Hendersonville, the town is less than an hour from the Greenville-Spartanburg region of South Carolina. Charlotte, Columbia, and Atlanta are just a few hours away.

“And we love the Asheville and the Hendersonville area,” said Martha. “There’s all kinds of natural resources. We like to hike, we take our horses up to the Biltmore [Estate], we do trail riding in DuPont [State Recreational] Forest—so there’s lots of things to do.”

“You can enjoy the benefits of having all that right in our own backyard.”



There’s more to Tryon than just a horse town. See the beauty of Tryon for yourself! Read more about Tryon, see more photos, or search for homes in the area, from our Beverly-Hanks Tryon community page.




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