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Bradley Falls Trail

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100 ft waterfall, deep canyon.
Near:Saluda, NC
Distance:1.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:200 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: The trail starts off by going north through a small open pasture. It is a nice stroll under a canopy of trees along the creek. After a 1/4 mile look down to the right and note the rapids of the small canyon. After viewing Little Bradley Falls, rock-hop across the creek and continue north. At the top of the incline veer right and follow the unmarked trail around the ridge line to a viewing area. Caution: this viewing platform are natural rocks with no railing. Use extreme caution. The canyon and Bradley Falls can be viewed from this point. Some hikers attempt to get to the base of the falls through an alternate route. This is extremely hazardous and extreme caution should be exercised any where near the waterfall as numerous accidents have occurred here in the past.
Trailhead: From Spartanburg head west on I-26. At the Saluda exit (28) take a right and head north approximately 3 miles. At the bottom of the incline is a gate on the left hand side. On the other side of the gate is the start of the trail. The road down to the trailhead use to be gravel, but was paved within the last two years. (Lat:35.15 Lon:-82.17)
Trail Guides for Bradley Falls Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Forest Resources, 1-828-887-6527
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tom Duchac, who has posted  23 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by TAK on 6/24/2014
This was a very nice hike up until the end near the outlook(?) when a number of downed trees split the trail all over the place. It shotgunned everywhere! Got turned around a number of times following side trails which were not much more than erosion gullies which led to the brink. Never did see the falls. Too bad, a chainsaw and a can of blue paint would have made the walk a great one.

Reviewed by Kidney on 4/2/2013
If you're just hiking to the outcrop that looks back at the falls, it's an easy trail. If you're going to hike to the top of the falls, it's an easy trail. If you're going to hoof it to the bottom, be safe and cautious, steep drops, a rope is used to repel down at one point (the rope is always there). It's not a long hike but it is probably one of my favorites. On the way back we started at the top of the waterfall and hiked the creek bank back up instead of using the trail. Had a blast!

Reviewed by Cathy on 9/4/2012
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Reviewed by Ashley Summers on 6/7/2011
Nice waterfall but whatever you do DON'T be fooled by the fire pits! Camping here is ILLEGAL (though there are no signs visible to tell you this) and will end with you being given a trespassing charge!

Reviewed by ASC on 3/24/2011
Its AWESOME!! if you haven't already used the rope to get to the very bottom you should def do so!! It's beautiful down there, but please be very careful, certain spots are slippery and i have seen the occasional copperhead.. ahh!! but other than that big bradley is my favorite hike of all times!!

Reviewed by Kat L. on 11/10/2010
I just hiked this today. There are blue blazes on trees along the main trail, but not all the way to the viewing area! You can see where the trail goes without the blazes, up to a point. Then it just seems to go in all sorts of different directions with slightly beaten paths, but no clear main path to the viewing area. I did find a little campfire area, but you couldn't see the falls from there. Anyway, it was a beautiful hike and I will definitely try it again to see if maybe I missed where the blue blazes led to the viewing area.

Reviewed by KS on 10/31/2010
Great hike! The exit number has changed to 59. Enjoy the views :)

Reviewed by J. Nunnally on 6/27/2010
Great hike. My 10 year old daughter,wife and Westie went along. The view of the falls from the clearing was spectacular. There was a group of 10 people or so that were rappelling down the falls. It took us about an hour and half which included a short lunch break. I would definitely recommend this hike to others.

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