There’s a wide variety of area attractions just a short drive from our location. You will be able to find something for everyone in your group, whether it’s shopping, horseback riding, or spending some wonderful time outdoors.


Historic Saluda, Tryon & Columbus, NC
For a rural county, we’ve got a great selection of shops to pique your interest and keep you coming back. Whether you want to buy original artwork or raid consignment shops for their great deals, you’ll be happy here. 

Rutherford County –
Visit Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge foothills for more local flare

Tryon Equestrian Center –
You’ll find several shops adorning the arenas at this world class center.

Gaffney Premium Outlets – 
If you’re looking for a wide variety of brand outlets, look no further. Located 31 miles away from the lodge.

Asheville Outlets –
Add a little mountain flare to your outlet experience. Located under 50 miles from the lodge.


Tryon International Equestrian Center –

Litterally, less than a mile away the Tryon International Equestrian Center is a year round venue showcasing some of the top riders in the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Eventing disciplines.  TIEC also has several attracttions, resturants, a carosouel, riding lessons and is just fun to go and walk around.   

Blue Ridge Parkway –
One of the most beautiful stretches of road in America. You’ll find several opportunities to stop and hike or have a picnic.

U.S. National Whitewater Center –
Home of the US Olympic Whitewater teams, this outdoor center will quench the thirst of adventure seekers of all ages. Ziplines, high ropes, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, and more.

Chimney Rock –

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers great activities for kids of all ages. From the amazing and interactive outdoor sculptures on the Great Woodland Adventure to the snakes and other critters at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den, your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is sure to enjoy this one-day youth ticket! Valid for ages 5-15.

Green River Gorge Zip Line –


Cleghorn Golf Course –

Welcome to Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort (formerly Cleghorn Plantation), one of the best places to play golf in Western North Carolina.  Cleghorn is more than 18 holes of golf; it is an experience you will not soon forget.  The views, the George Cobb design (famous for Quail Hollow Club and Par 3 at Augusta National), and the pristine conditions will give you four hours of solid enjoyment.  Your best round at Cleghorn will have nothing to do with your score.  It will be about the challenge you face on every tee box and how you handle the 18 adventures in front of you.

Swamp Rabbit Trail –

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21 mile multi-use greenway system that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local businesses. The GHS Swamp Rabbit will continue to grow  offering fun, non-motorized recreation and transportation opportunities wherever it goes.

Lake Lure –

The “allure” of Lake Lure is strong and many a visitor have made that life-changing decision to relocate here, building homes and lives for themselves and their families.

The moment you arrive in Lake Lure, it is obvious you are surrounded by beauty, unsurpassed anywhere else in Western North Carolina. Our river, streams and waterfalls converge into a perfectly sized 720-acre man-made lake. The lake, hydroelectric dam and the community was the dream of one man who envisioned a premiere resort area.

Fly Fishing

Western North Carolina is an amazing place to catch, the all so ellusive and pesky, trout, bass and pan fish.  There are thousands and thousands of rivers, creeks and streams near The River Ministries Lodge.  The Green River, the Davidson River, the Tuckassegee River, the Mills River, the Rocky Broad River and the Packolet just to name a few.  We would encourage you to fish the Green River on the property for Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill but if you are chasing Rainbow, Brown or our native Brook Trout then the Green River around Green River Cove is the place to go closest to The Lodge.  You can strike out on your own or check out ones of our local guide services.

RiverBlade Knife and Fly

The South Holston River Fly Shop

Mountain Troutfitters

Davidson River Outfitters