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Little Bradley Falls Trail is a 2.9 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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

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Getting There

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. Please note that the parking lot is the starting point for Big Bradley Falls Trail. You have to walk a smidge further up to the right to find the trail head for Little Bradley Falls Trail. 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.

Pulloff on left and small pulloff on right next to trailhead

NC Division of Forest resources, 828-887-6527

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Rebecca Sudduth
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Hiking

Awesome trail with an amazing waterfall. Reminded me of a spartan race with all the fun obstacles along the way. Lots of snake viewings in the water and on the trail though, so be careful.

Robert Hunter
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Hiking

Mid day on a Friday, the parking lot was overfilled and cars down the sides of the road., A few narrow spots with drop- offs. One rocky spot with marginal footholds, but pretty easy actually. 10-15 larger trees to go over or under and a ditch. 2 streams and several seeps to cross. Fair sized pool at the base with waist deep water in a few places. Busy place, beautiful falls

Ami Patel
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Hiking

We did this trail on a Wednesday afternoon starting around 5pm and not a lot of other people on the trail. One of our favorite hikes on this trip. It is fun to truly hike a trail over fallen trees, through creeks and around big boulders. When we reached the falls we had it all to ourselves for a long time. Highly recommend this hike! We walked the whole trail with Chacos, and they worked out great. Our dog Loved this hike more than us as well!

Sara LaPierre
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Hiking

Loved this hike. A little more adventurous than we are used to with our kids- stream crossings, narrow trials and climbing over and under fallen trees, but well worth it. We loved it! The falls and river was super fun to play around in. Plenty of places on the water to sit on rocks to have a snacks. We started early (9am) and by the time we made it back to the car (12ish) the trail was very crowded. We ate lunch on the river right at the beginning of the trail and had the whole stream to ourselves. Overall a great summer morning hike.

Shane Steffen
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True to what others have said it has 3 river crossings and a bit of an obstacle course in some areas. The view at the end makes it an even better adventure.

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Jamin Rathbun
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Hiking

Easy hike that is just woodsy enough to feel like an adventure, not just a walk in the woods. The falls are well worth the trip — easy to climb up for my whole family and enough water in the lower hole to swim. Be sure to head up and left just off the road/parking to start on the correct trail (don’t follow the lower-right trail along the river from the start), and cross the river at the first opportunity (we missed the turn and did an extra 1/2 mile before we realized our mistake and came back — just follow the red blazes). The falls are about 1/4 mile past your second river crossing. Have a great hike!

Eric Freeman
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jessica petersen
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Hiking

Great trail, thanks to everyone’s reviews we made it to the falls without issues. When you pull up to parking on side of road. Big Brady falls on left and little Brady falls 20 ft ahead across the road on your right. To start take the path on your left up a rooted hill. Follow the red dots. You will climb over trees that have fallen and over some big rocks. Continue on until there is a y in the path stay right and cross the first creek. Continue to follow the red dots. You will cross 3 creeks, be prepared to get wet, we wore Chacos and it was a perfect shoe to hike in. The falls are beautiful, we went early and only saw two other families. On our way back we passed a lot of people going to falls so very crowded later in the day. I clocked the hike at 2 miles total. It took us about 1 hour 15 minutes, but if you go with little kids I would say give yourself two hours.

Pepe Chavez
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Anyssa Lara
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Angelia Stewart
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Thank you to everyone who's posted reviews. From where to park, to following the red dots, crossing the stream twice to get to the falls... very much needed and helpful!!

Dean McCain
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Hiking

Beautiful and interesting hike with impressive falls at the end. Very easy, but you will cross the creek three times which can be tricky. Will definitely come back.

Joel M
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Hiking

Follow the Red dots! The trail head is across the road, over the bridge, and go left up the root stair case (Red Dots). The trail is beautiful with 2 river crossings and some cliffs. We faced two technical parts of the trail that need us to slow down and be smart but nothing crazy. We had our kids 2 and 4. They did well! Absolutely breathtaking Falls! 100% you will get wet on the 2 river crossings and some muddy patches here and there. Some fallen trees that you will have to navigate but this trail is great. I’m not sure if my recording is off but it was almost a 4 mile round trip. 2 miles to the falls and 2 miles back. We had a picnic at the falls and will be back. Have fun and happy hiking!

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Shannon Stoney
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Some down trees that you have to climb over, but it’s not too hard.

Brandi Elam
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Hiking

Very pretty falls! Saw 2 copperheads at the falls though, be careful! Also, do NOT follow the creek- made that mistake. You need to start out by going up the hill!!!

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Sean & Alysha Hensley
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Hiking

go up the hill not by the water at the beginning

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Jen Jones
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Hiking

Great trail with great views of the river and accessible waterfall at the end. A few notes... 1 - directions to the trail head are confusing. It is NOT in the same spot as trailhead for Bog Bradley Falls. It is across the street maybe .05 miles up. You can see it from the parking for Big Bradley Falls. Once you get there, follow path to the left. Yes, left, away from the river. There is a nice short walk along the river, but that’s not the trail. 2- it is accessible to most ages. Our 4 yo could traverse most of it, but there were parts that were a little hairy where we had to lift 4yo over and/or hold on super tight and some of the areas were narrow, so just had to keep a close eye on 4yo. 3 - you do get wet. No way around it. There are two river crossings and there are not enough dry rocks to cross without getting wet.

Olivia Sloan
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Hiking

GPS took us to Big Bradley Falls trailhead. Little Bradley was a smidge further up on the right. Then, at the fork, we should’ve taken the trail to the left. Red blazes. We had fun but it was a strenuous hike because we took the wrong trail. Terrible markings.

Ken Bivens
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Hiking

Beautiful hike along river. Beautiful falls and swimming hole. We saw 2 large black snakes along trail. One small unidentified snake in swimming hole and one medium size copperhead in swimming hole. Swim was cold as ice tea. Highly recommend this hike.

Brian Coutu
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Hiking

Very easy and family friendly hike! You have to cross the stream - it was up to about our knees. If you have tennis shoes just pick a small towel. We witnessed tons of families swimming along the stream as we hiked. Found a great spot by the water to enjoy our sandwiches. Easy, fun and relaxing.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

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.

Kirstin Voelkel
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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.

Nathaniel Palmer
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Richard Cerretti
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Hiking

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.

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