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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

High waterfall. Beautiful hike. Multiple viewpoints.

Cons

Possibly dangerous hiking sections.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Big vistas
Waterfalls

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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