Bradley Falls

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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Bradley Falls


  • The Bradley Falls Trailhead.- Bradley Falls
  • A small bridge across the first creek crossing.- Bradley Falls
  • The trail cuts through a large wildflower field early on.- Bradley Falls
  • The trail splits in two in the field.- Bradley Falls
  • Many types of flora grow along the trail.- Bradley Falls
  • The two trails rejoining after about 0.25 mile.- Bradley Falls
  • A very small waterfall is located at the Cove Creek crossing.- Bradley Falls
  • Contributor Zack Bradley crosses the shallow section of Cove Creek.- Bradley Falls
  • The trail immediately ascends after crossing Bradley Creek.- Bradley Falls
  • The first spur trail leads downward to the top of the waterfall.- Bradley Falls
  • Use caution on all downward trails as deaths have occurred due to washouts.- Bradley Falls
  • The second spur trail heads downward to two separate ledges for viewing the waterfall. The next spur trail has the most stable and best view.- Bradley Falls
  • The spur trails to the lookouts head straight down and have precarious footing.- Bradley Falls
  • The first lookout point is small and unfortunately eroding.- Bradley Falls
  • The view of Bradley Falls from the middle of the trail.- Bradley Falls
  • The main ledge that overlooks Bradley Falls.- Bradley Falls
  • Rappelling down the cliff next to Bradley Falls.- Bradley Falls
  • Rappelling down the cliff into the pools.- Bradley Falls
  • Rappelling to the bottom of the waterfall (90 feet).- Bradley Falls
  • The view of Bradley Falls from the main lookout.- Bradley Falls
  • A hiker heading out to the parking area.- Bradley Falls
Overview + Weather
High waterfall. Beautiful hike. Multiple viewpoints.
Possibly dangerous hiking sections.
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Bradley Falls is a 90-foot waterfall in Saluda, North Carolina. Bradley Falls and Little Bradley Falls share a parking area, but the trailheads are on opposite sides of the street.

The hike to the main viewpoint is just over 1 mile and is fairly level with only 357 feet of elevation gain. It begins in a picturesque meadow but quickly confronts several obstacles, the first of which being the 60-foot crossing of Cove Creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet.

Immediately after the creek, the trail begins to ascend and does so continuously until it reaches spur trails that lead to various viewpoints. The spur trails are tricky. The first leads down to the top of the waterfall heading left. Provided the equipment and skill, turn right and rappel 30 feet down a sheer rock face and continue the hike down to the bottom of the waterfall. The second spur trail will lead to an eroded overlook that is not a great view and is not recommended. The third spur trail leads to the main overlook and has the sturdiest footing, though it is still very steep in portions. The main overlook is a rock outcropping that can be used for rappeling by skilled climbers and rappelers.

This is ultimately a great hike and a beautiful waterfall, but it is not recommended for small children or dogs that aren't well behaved.

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