Bradley Creek Trail

At A Glance

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5.1 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 5.1
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 351


Fun creekside, backcountry trail. Numerous water crossings (the deep, rocky, wading type). Good trail for a hot day. Log after log after log across the trail (touch up on your bunny hopping skills!). At some of the creek crossings, it is difficult to tell where the trail reemerges from the water. Goes by small dam on Bradley Creek. May be impassible in high water.

Intersecting Trails

  • Riverside
  • Squirrel Gap
  • Laurel Creek
  • South Mills River
  • This trail is located in the Mills River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mills River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Bradley Creek - S Mills Junction Across River to Turkeypen

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 348 ft

    Bradley Creek - Turkeypen to Riverside Tr

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.84 mi

    Bradley Creek - Riverside to Squirrel Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.46 mi

    Bradley Creek - Squirrel Gap to Riverside

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.6 mi

    Bradley Creek - Riverside to Laurel Creek Tr

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.13 mi

    Bradley Creek - Laurel Creek Tr to FS 5015

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 413 ft

    Bradley Creek - FS 5015 to Rd Connector

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.86 mi

    Bradley Creek - Road Connector

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 177 ft

    Bradley Creek - Upper End

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.15 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 5.22 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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