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No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Swimming hole. Easy hike. Beautiful waterfall. Lush forest.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Old-growth forest
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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