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Little Bradley Falls Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (6)

This is an easy out-and-back to a beautiful waterfall.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

1,634' 498 m

High

1,546' 471 m

Low

84' 26 m

Up

167' 51 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

No camping.

Need to Know

After the flooding in early 2018, some of this area has been in rough shape. As of December 2018, the river crossings are a bit more treacherous; some of the rocks are no longer there and one must ford the river of knee high water. A few sections of trail have washed down the ridge. The first crossing that was a scramble across big roots, is gone. Now one must walk across the exposed rock and up the side of the hill, which is very narrow and slippery mud.

Description

This is a easy trail at about 1.1 miles (a round-trip distance of 2.2 miles). Use the parking area for Big Bradley Falls on the left side of the road or the smaller one on the right side of the road which is where the trail begins.

The Little Bradley Falls Trail follows red blazes. From the start, the trail veers away from Cove Creek as it follows the contour of the hillside. Eventually, the trail dips back down to the creek where you'll have three wet creek crossings before reaching the Little Bradley Falls in just over a mile.

The trail is classic NC style with occasional mud and slick rocks. The creek crossings can be challenging if you want to keep your feet dry. Rocks can be slick around the waterfall. Overall, the trail is good singletrack hiking.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendrons, mountain laurels, hemlocks, maples and oaks. Birds and squirrels .

Contacts

Shared By:

Mitch Redford with improvements by Glint Gossamer and 1 other

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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#887

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Little Bradley Falls
Feb 1, 2018 near Columbus, NC
View of Little Bradley Falls
Apr 22, 2018 near Columbus, NC

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Sep 12, 2022
Stephen Gorzynski
Jun 21, 2022
Katelyn Amstutz
hiked with Eby-Rosses, played in water and swam for middle hour 2.2mi — 3h 00m
Jul 6, 2019
Denise Clements
A little uneven and quite a few creeks to cross but well worth the trip. Bring water shoes to enjoy the cool pool of the Falls.
Apr 21, 2018
Diego dos Santos
Mar 30, 2018
Diego dos Santos
Sep 22, 2012
Jean-Claude Linossi
Easy trail to some very pretty falls. 1.1mi — 0h 30m