Parks & Recreation

Tryon Parks

Supervisor – Greg McCool

The Town of Tryon maintains many acres of parks and recreational facilities for the public to enjoy:

Bryan Park (510 Markham Road) One of Tryon’s newest parks, this park was developed with the assistance of grants from the Polk County Community Foundation. The park features benches and covered picnic tables as well as fixed grills for a family cookout picnic. The park is in close proximity to the Tryon Cemetery, the Nina Simone Birthplace and two neighborhood churches.

Depot Garden Park (10 Depot Street) This shady haven is located next to historic the Tryon Depot. It is maintained by the skilled hands of members of the Tryon Garden Club, who also maintain the Pearson’s Falls & Glen near Saluda. The garden features artfully arranged landscaping and plantings designed and implemented by the Tryon Garden Club as well, a trellised entrance and several benches for shady resting or bagged lunch alfresco.

Greene Corner (51 Melrose Avenue) is a small park located at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Lyncourt Drive and is often used for art exhibits and weddings.  It is maintained by the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Lanier Park (TBD @ 840 South Trade Street) Park of the future, Lanier Park is currently an undeveloped small parcel of woodland located at the base of the Lake Lanier Dam.

Park On Trade (10 West Howard Street) A sunny green gem of a pocket park located next to historic Tryon Town Hall near Rogers Park, Park on Trade is lovingly maintained by members of the Green Blades Garden Club. It’s features include a fountain and trellis bower with bench.

Rogers Park (55 West Howard Street) is located across from the Tryon Fire Department and features a 200 seat amphitheater with reception and gathering areas. A small creek and short trails meander through the park. Includes rock walls and is beautifully landscaped with native plants.

Rotary Clock Tower Plaza & John Cowan Memorial Garden (85 North Trade Street) A hillside park surrounding Tryon Rotary Clock Tower that provides shade and green vistas from downtown Tryon. It is the site for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop of Tryon (usually held around 9 or10 pm so our citizens can get home to bed or to watch New York City’s event).

Tryon Cemetery (425 Markham Road)

Vaughn Creek Greenway (884 New Market Road) One of Tryon’s newest additions to its park system, the Vaughn Creek Greenway features an easy walking trail of approximately ¾-mile along picturesque Vaughn Creek that offers many woodland views and beautiful cascades, including Sillar’s Falls near the trailhead. Visitors can access the trail head at 884 New Market Road.

Vaughn Creek Gateway was recently featured on The Country Life with ColumbusMark: 

Tryon Parks Committee at Sillers Falls, Vaughn Creek Greenway.

Woodland Park (262 Chestnut Street) is a 16 acre natural park in the heart of Tryon located just off Chestnut Street. The park features native flora, a babbling creek and a one mile hiking trail. Click on the image below to view the full-size park map and trail plantings.

This wall which serves as a waterfall in Woodland Park was uncovered for the first time since the tornado that hit Tryon in October 2017. 

Steve King, Amy Arledge, Ford Smith and Marc Ware (not pictured-Greg Miner) before work began.


After waterfall was uncovered.

April 2023 – Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Appearance Commission, Woodland Park received a much improved face lift.

Karen Bird, John Lane, Greg Miner, Linda Miner, Vard Henry and Amy Arledge


Ziglar Field (1050 East Howard Street) A large open park with access bridge at 1050 East Howard Street, Ziglar Field features a soccer field and baseball field.

Not Supervised by the Parks Committee:

Harmon Field (117 Harmon Field Road) consists of 36 acres of ball fields, soccer fields, a quarter mile track, tennis courts, equestrian facilities including rings and stables, a playground, a picnic shelter and a cabin for special events. The Harmon Field Board of Supervisors oversees all activities at Harmon Field and meets the first Tuesday of each month.  To check Log Cabin availability contact the Harmon Field office at 828.859.5784. Click here for the Harmon Field facilities rate schedule.

East Howard Street Picnic Area (326 East Howard Street)

Nina Simone Plaza (54 South Trade Street) This artfully landscaped small plaza showcases a larger than life-size statue of native daughter and music icon Nina Simone. It features benches and a small fountain.

Melrose Mountain Climbing Park (3000 block of Hogback Mountain Road) Click here for more information.