Bradley Creek Trail #351

5.1 mi - Moderate - This trail is most suited for horses, since it has so many river and creek crossings with no bridges. An old road for most of its length, it follows the South Fork of the Mills River downstream before climbing up and over Pea Gap then down to Pea Branch, Case Branch, and Bradley Creek. Scenery varies as the trail winds through wildlife fields, natural grassy openings, and hardwood and hemlock forests; past a Hendersonville Watershed reservoir; and through a deep valley before ending at Yellow Gap Road (FS 1206). Several trails intersect Bradley Creek, so check your map for loop opportunities. Keep in mind that water levels in the mountains can rise quickly after a rainstorm, so take due precautions. Because of its low elevation, this trail is popular at all times of the year.

Approximate Elevation Change: 300 feet
Blaze: Orange

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Multiple-use Trail: Hiking, mountain bike and equestrian use trail. Motorized use prohibited. Mountain bikes are prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Follow the South Mills River Trail (#133) to the first river crossing; Bradley Creek Trail begins here.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking