Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail is a 16.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
My husband, 8-year-old son hiked to the Chasteen Creek Cascade. We began with the Bradley v Fork Trail from the Smokemont Campground. The trailhead is located in section D of the campground. At the time of our hike (mid-April), only sections A & B were open. He had to park in section B and walk 4 tenths of a mile to the trailhead.
According to the app on my phone (map my hike), the Chasteen River cascades is 1.96 miles from the beginning if the Bradley Fork Trail. Go straight through the first junction. The trail on the right goes to a horse stable. WARNING!!! This trail is used by horses and you will have to watch your step. (There were A LOT of droppings when we hiked this trail, which is why I only have it 4 stars) Stay on Bradley Fork Trail until you get to the Chasteen Creek Trail junction, then turn right. This junction comes after crossing a bridge that goes over the Chasteen Creek. You will know you are close to the cascade when you come across a house hitching post. The trail will then dead-end and you will notice a very narrow and steep trail to the right. Take this trail. It will only take you about (I estimate) 50 yards or so before you begin to see the falls.It was a lovely hike on a relatively wide and level trail. There is a view of the creek for most of the hike. There were 3 tiny waterfalls on the way and plenty of wildflowers. The Chasteen Creek Cascade itself is a small falls, but very picturesque with a nice viewing area ideal for a picnic.
Chasteen creek cascade is pretty, not tall at all, but the mosses on both sides of trail make a pretty picture. Kids could walk this one easily.