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Little Bradley Falls Trail

MODERATE 422 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options 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

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
blowdown
7 days ago

Nice fall hike with our three dogs, but we did miss the trail for the first quarter mile. We thought the trail was right along the banks (it’s not- if you’re crawling the boulder line on the edge of the bank, you too are off trail!) once we got on trail, it was a nice hike with a few boulder sections and log hops to keep things interesting.

hiking
10 days ago

A couple of creek crossings, you will get your ankles wet. Many, many blown down trees, it looks like no trail maintenance in 2 years. We’re old, we turned back

hiking
15 days ago

Lots of blowdown. Start of trail is deceptively hard to find but once you’re on it, it’s a gorgeous little hike along the creek

hiking
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Fantastic trail. We hiked along the river bed to the first stream feeding the creek and then popped back into the trail - it’s not an easy route, but sure is beautiful in the fall, for beginner hikers I would suggest sticking to the trail. There are a couple places where you will cross water, so trekking poles or a walking stick would be helpful. The waterfall is gorgeous and there is plenty of space to picnic once you’ve arrived. It took two experienced hikers around 2 hours to do the whole thing (we probably added 15 minutes with the riverbed route, and another 15 minutes for photos at Little Bradley Falls). Will absolutely be going back. Great hike!

hiking
bridge out
muddy
scramble
29 days ago

All in all, a nice little hike. Not too tough, but definitely places where trees have come down the wash and you have to scramble. Also, a rockslide closer to the end which requires quite a bit of scrambling… made it even more difficult when the rocks are wet. Two spots where you need to cross the creek and there are no bridges. Personally I didn’t mind because I like rock hopping, but you may want to consider water shoes because of this hike. Waterfall the top was awesome! Definitely would come back in the summer time and spend some more time up there with a picnic lunch. Trail was hard to follow. The red trail blazes were not very obvious and I am tempted to bring a can of red spray paint if I ever return LOL! Doable for kids 10 and up although should be accompanied by an adult. For the under 10 set, I would consider it but some definite handholding is a must as the trail narrow significantly, there are no fences, and the drop off would be a nasty little tumble. The trail itself was a little difficult to find. You park on one side of the road, cross the road and the trail head is on your right… but not your first right as this will bring you to a trail right next to the creek and it’s not the one you want. So, if you can tell the difference, take your second right. See pictures below.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trees still down from last years storms but nothing that makes the trail difficult to continue. Otherwise it was a beautiful hike . Please note that the proper trailhead is just a dozen feet off the road and to the left. There is a trail along the river but it’s a dead end trail that does not join up with the main trail and offers a nice spot to play in the river before packing up. It was a beautiful day and it’s a short hike so there was plenty of traffic today.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Tip: take a hard right at the clearing on right instead of continuing straight on the trail. You will see red trail circles painted higher in the trees. Then you will cross a wide river via log or rocks. Trekking poles highly recommended for the crossing. Little Bradley is the better fall destination and hike over Big Bradley. You only get a glimpse of Big Bradley after a dangerous decent to an overlook ledge.

Not marked very well but if you follow Altrails map you’ll be find!!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

09/29/19 visit. The available parking is at the trailhead of the more difficult (danger warnings posted) Big Bradley Fall trail (maps show a completely different endpoint, not related to Little Bradley Falls). Park here, cross the street to the bridge/turn in the road. The red blazes for the Little Bradley (which will take you to the bottom of the LB waterfall) start to the left with a sharp uphill start. Do not be deceived by the path along the water at the bridge, it is not part of the trail. On the trail, there are several water crossings. Stay with the red blazes through these (ideas: log scramble, rock hop, water shoes, wade knee deep with socks/shoes in hand). I got off trail (should have gone over the creek) on a fairly well worn path and followed it way too far. When I heard a heavy limb snap below, I turned to see a young black bear drinking water below in the stream. Well, "don't startle a bear" is great advice when you have the distance. I didn't have near enough distance! When he heard me, he bolted charging uphill to my path. He did not come my way but I did have to backtrack that part of the path to get back on trail. On the trail, there is also a rather challenging rock scramble. Take your time & place your feet well. They payoff at the end is beautiful & is the reason for my 5 star rating.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

this was my first time here. I wanted to see the waterfall! parts of the trail are overgrown and tons of fallen trees. Bring waterproof shoes as you have to cross a stream. I hiked full trail but in order to get to base of waterfall you have to propel down a mountain about 20+ ft!? needless to say I didn't get to the base of the waterfall. It was a nice hike but do not think I will be coming back here

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of fun, but there's a few areas where it's washed out and it can be difficult for any 4 legged companions. My 8 year old lab made it, but she broke her dew claw to the wick on a Rocky crossing.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun little trail! Pay attention to the red blazes to stay on the trail. Loved this one and will do again!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this trail several times now and every time I go I enjoy it more and more. The pay-off at the end with the waterfall and the pool of water is absolutely worth it! Good for families great with dogs there is a rocky terrain so be prepared to climb just a little bit- not much.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
2 months ago

Great once you get to the waterfall at the end. You can swim in the water which is a nice little added bonus. Not a long hike but well worth the views at the end. The trail itself is confusing to get to. When you park your car you could walk right past the trail and never even realize it. When you get to the opening that looks like a trail (just across the street from the gravel lot) make sure you go left up the hill. We totally missed it and had to cross the creek several times to meet up with the trail. There are many spots with trees down and rocks. Sometimes hard on some dogs to go down the rocks without assistance. Overall a fun experience but would be great if there was a sign that stated where the trail starts. Bring waterproof shoes or a second pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

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