Little Bradley Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Saluda, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A nice stream side hike under a canopy of trees, old ruins and a 50 ft waterfall From the trail head, take the upper trail heading south. There are no signs indicating that this trail will go to Little Bradley Falls. After a very short distance, you will approach a Y in the trail. Keep right while keeping Bradley Creek to your right side. About 1/2 mile in you will cross a stream. Follow the stream into Bradley Creek and cross the creek at this location. After crossing the Bradley Creek you should be able to pick up a trail that heads south on the west side of the creek. All ways keep Bradley Creek to your left if you get disorientated. After about 20 minutes from the creek crossing there will be some old chimney ruins to your left. Stay on the trail until it dead ends into Little Bradley Falls 10 minutes further down the trail. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in this part of North Carolina. Back track out to get back to the parking lot.
This was our first time out here and the conditions couldn't have been better. The trail was nice and dry, with gorgeous weather for November. I could see how it would be more technical if the roots/rocks were wet as some were already a little slick. Don't forget to bring along your poles or a solid stick to make creek crossings easier if you are rock-hopping. Definitely one that will be revisited again and again. This is a fantastic little day hike.
Great little hike.
We absolutely love this trail. My husband purposed to me here and we've made a pact to visit annually!
Our favorite place
Great family hike. Went with a group of 12, ages 2-42 and everyone had fun. There is a great creek for wading near the start.
I highly recommend the Little Bradley Falls hike. The falls are nice, it's a beautiful forest area, and a good place to wade and cool down when you get to the falls. You can park in the Big Bradley Falls area (left side) or about 100 ft further down the road on the right. The trail head is just behind the second parking area on the right. You will know you are in the right place if you have just gone over a large culvert and can see it as you head towards the trailhead. As others have said, take the trail that goes to the left (and climbs toward higher ground ) just as you start and not the trail along the creek. Then at a Y in the trail at a later point, stay right (a log is across the wrong trail). I hiked to the falls in about 30 minutes. It's an out and back trail. Enjoy!
Very accessible trail, and a comfortable walk, for both children and pets (with some help in a few rough spots). The waterfall at the end is exceptional. There is a sizeable pool suitable for kids to take a dip in. All in all, a nice day hike.
We really enjoyed this hike. Got wet, so be prepared. A rock crossing is near an edge at one point, so we erred on the side of caution and waded through ankle deep water. The falls are beautiful and our favorite part was watching the fish jump out of the pool at the base of the fulls and up into falling water. A more enjoyable hike than the Big Bradley Overlook on the other side of the road. As others have noted stay left (and up) at the trailhead, the trail down by the creek is nice, but just a short walk, not the actual trail.
Beautiful waterfall. Fun hike!