Little Bradley Falls Trail

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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 rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

washed out

A nice stream side hike under a canopy of trees, old ruins and a 50 ft waterfall. A lot of users recommend bringing water shoes to cross the creek or be prepared to take off your regular shoes. 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy hike mostly along creek. Only challenge is that you need to cross the creek. It was knee deep the day we went. Sandy bottom so just took off socks and shoes and held them as I crossed. The trails down to bottom of falls is closed. Only got a partial view through the trees.

5 days ago

We loved this streamside woodland path! Bring water shoes as you will cross several streams on your way to the falls. We initially got going down the wrong path- the trail heads Upstream and there is no placard indication, only spray paint red trail markers. We saw a variety of wildlife, and the waterfall only had a few couples in and out whilst we were there. Took our time in and out mesmerised by the beautiful fungi flora and fauna. Moderate difficulty, some climbing optional.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Great hike - don’t let the distance fool you, there’s some tricky spots crossing creeks and rockslides, but very doable. Good for kids and dogs if they’re adventurous.

13 days ago

We did this trail with a 7 year old and a 4 year old. Some areas were a little difficult for the 4 year old, but overall it was doable. the kids loved crossing the river and the beautiful waterfall. You do need to look out for copperheads near the falls.

closed
20 days ago

Trail is temporarily closed

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

Great trail! A lot of fallen trees, be prepared to climb over and under them. There are rocky water streams you have to cross. Be prepared to get wet! The waterfall is absolutely beautiful- worth the trip!

hiking
24 days ago

This was an easy and relaxing hike. The trail is well maintained and has many places to get into the water on the way to the falls. The waterfall is beautiful and if you’re looking for a challenge climb to the top!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail- lots of people on it right now. Trail was definitely moderate. Parts of scramble and water crossings. Once at the falls you can continue up to the right of it to get to the different tiers. This is steep and muddy. Well worth the view.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Drove out here after reading reviews that the trail was a hit to find it closed :(

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Difficult hike due to downed trees and several spots where navigating the rocks can be challenging. This and the fact that the trail runs parallel to a road make difficult to immerse yourself in nature. This is made even more difficult because of the locals who apparently flock to this place in large groups to enjoy the pools of water. Lots of anxiety watching people irresponsibly climb up the falls. Overall, I never plan on doing this trail again. It is not a pleasant hike which is further compounded by the amateur hikers navigating the approx 2 mile round trip in sandals and swimwear only to arrive at a crowded space.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail a few times. The trail is a bit hard to follow. Not well maintained. Have to climb over and under branches. Cross the stream a few times. The kids loved it. The waterfall at the end is fabulous.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike, took the lower trail in and did a little boulder scramble to get to the first stream crossing. Took the upper trail on the way out after the second stream crossing. Great place!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

I loved it! Like an adventure.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice hike. A few down trees to get around, but not bad at all. Two major stream crossings. The first one wasn’t too deep and had a nice path of rocks to walk across the whole way. The second crossing was deeper and your shoes will get wet. If you can keep your balance pretty well it might just be a tiny bit wet, but if you miss a rock(most are a few inches under the water) you are going down to the top of your shins in the water...like I did. It was worth the view of the 50 ft. Little Bradley falls at the end of the hike. It was beautiful and we got there early enough in the day to have the falls to ourselves for a good 30 -45 min before anyone else showed up. We will definitely do this trail again in the summer and bring clothes and towels for playing in the water. Definitely a fun hike!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I really love this trail! It’s not too steep but you do have to cross water and climb a few tree obstacles! Also, make sure you use the map because it’s easy to get off the trail in the beginning. We almost went to through the entrance to the Big Bradley falls and got stopped by the wildlife police

hiking
1 month ago

Uh hit Ed

icy
over grown
1 month ago

Cc JV

hiking
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

A fun trail, but difficult because you have to cross water 2-3 times so either you’ll get your shoes wet or you should do it in tevas or hiking sandal. The falls at the end is quite nice and would be a fun place to pack a picnic. I’m not sure my mom or dad could do this hike because the it’s not a well maintained trail. But it’s pretty and fun!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, river crossings, water hiking shoes recommended. Lots of trunks fallen on the path you need to climb over or under. Beautiful falls at the end with a pool below.

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! we did it with an 8 year old and a 3 year old. Great views. Parts of the trail are rocky, overgrown with roots, or a little muddy.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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