Little Bradley Falls

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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Little Bradley Falls


  • The trailhead begins straight up and to the left.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The trail levels off for most of the hike.- Little Bradley Falls
  • Fallen trees are a common site on the trail.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The trail runs alongside Cove Creek.- Little Bradley Falls
  • A hiker walking next to Cove Creek.- Little Bradley Falls
  • Crossing over Cove Creek.- Little Bradley Falls
  • These boulders break up the trail midway through.- Little Bradley Falls
  • More fallen trees dot the trail.- Little Bradley Falls
  • A spur trail to the left will take you to stone ruins, while the main trail continues to the waterfall.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The ruins of a homestead.- Little Bradley Falls
  • Ferns and hardwoods line the trail.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The first look at the waterfall from the trail.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The swimming hole.- Little Bradley Falls
  • It's possible to climb up the waterfall, but it's very slippery.- Little Bradley Falls
  • Little Bradley Falls.- Little Bradley Falls
  • The trail is covered with red blazes.- Little Bradley Falls
  • A hiker crosses Cove Creek.- Little Bradley Falls
Overview + Weather
Swimming hole. Easy hike. Beautiful waterfall. Lush forest.
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Little Bradley Falls is a 50-foot multi-level waterfall in Saluda, North Carolina. The waterfall is accessible by an easy 1-mile out-and-back hiking trail. The hike begins at a roadside trailhead directly across the street from Big Bradley Falls trailhead and quickly climbs about 40 feet directly to the left. The trail crosses Cove Creek several times, and there are usually some well-spaced rocks to help in the crossing. After the first water crossing, the trail runs parallel to Cove Creek and rhododendron surround you on both sides. There is a large pile of boulders that you'll have to scramble down and back up about a half-mile in.

On the way to the waterfall, there are ruins of an old stone homestead on a spur trail to the left. Shortly after the ruins, you'll begin to hear the waterfall. The trail comes to an end at the shallow swimming hole created by the falls. 

This is a popular location to cool off in the hot summer months, and there are tons of rocks surrounding the swimming hole that are perfect spots to sit on and enjoy the view. It's possible to climb to the top of the waterfall using a slippery trail to the right. Use caution if you choose to check it out.

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