Pearson’s Falls & Glen is a more of a park than a trail. I’ve categorized it as a roadside attraction because it’s only ¼ miles from the parking lot to the falls. This is basically a trail that is very well maintained—and a bit micromanaged—by the Tryon Garden Club. I half expected old ladies to come by and place doilies on the benches.
The main feature of the park is the 90-foot waterfall. There’s an admission fee of $5 per car and the parking lot features restrooms. There are several picnic tables, so you can bring a picnic and eat in the shade on a hot day. The shade is so dense and the mist so pervasive that the area is always wet. So plan for muddy shoes when you get back to the car.
Like I said, there’s really not much of a walk. The pathway is very well manicured with stone stairs at every elevation gain and loss. The excessive stanchions and wooden fencing betray a fear that someone, somewhere might come into contact with nature if vigilance is not maintained. We can’t have that. Still, it’s worth checking out if you’re passing by.
Pearsons’s Falls is a great place to work on your long-exposure photography. All you need is a tripod and a camera that can be set to manual. This is just a few miles away from Big Bradley Falls, but the two hikes could not be more dissimilar.