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Bat Hook Crazy  T 
Boaz S,TR 
Brownian Motion T,S 
Disarmament S 
Hanging Root T,S 
Joe Dirt S 
Lightning corner S,TR 
Maid Of The Mist  T 
Moby Dick S 
Otra Vez T 
Quality Control T 
Sailing the Seas of Squeeze T,S 
Sons of Thunder S 
Stem Cell Research S 
Tragedy of The Commons T 
Walrus S 
We Saluda You S 
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Bradley Falls Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,250'
Location: 35.2726, -82.2919 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Scott Bolte on Oct 12, 2011


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Bradley Falls has had a reputation of being dirty and poorly bolted, however it actually harbors a small series of well protected and exciting routes as well as some trad projects (for those daring enough). I would not recommend driving over two hours to get here, but if you are in the area it's a great place to check out!

This is a beautiful area, please LNT!

Driving Directions and Approach 

Off of I-26 take the Saluda Exit. Turn left off of the exit and drive 3 miles until you reach a pull-off parking lot on the left. At the parking lot continue down the obvious trail hugging the the left until you reach a stream. Cross the stream and continue up a hill. Once along the ridge line, veer off the trail at the second left. Hike a steep downhill until you reach a red rope. Climbing area is at the bottom of this trail. There are two sections; one by the falls, one further down stream. 25 min hike in.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 7.3 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bradley Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bradley Falls:
Stem Cell Research   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Brownian Motion   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Hanging Root   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Maid Of The Mist    5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
Disarmament   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Bradley Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Disarmament rides the arete

Disarmament 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  North Carolina : Bradley Falls
Great steep arete with the falls pounding behind. Tough finish. Fun stuff if it were cleaned up a bit. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell Research
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappelling into Bradley Falls.
Rappelling into Bradley Falls.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bradley Falls overlook. Potential point for rappel...
Bradley Falls overlook. Potential point for rappel...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bradley Falls
Bradley Falls
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By Mike Reardon
Feb 3, 2014
Bring something to dust off the holds here. Beautiful area in need of some love.
By .
From: Asheville NC
Sep 29, 2015
(9.29.2015) nightmare amounts of poison ivy growing up the wall. Second rap to hiking path also had a lot of ivy in the first 5-10ft. Some uber sketchy sheet metal bolts out here, use your best judgement.
By Mike Reardon
Oct 2, 2015
Overlook Area is especially filled with old bolts and Poison Ivy. Try the Magnum PI Wall for stainless bolts and better climbs.
By .
From: Asheville NC
Nov 27, 2015
Two of the ropes in the far climbers left gully were severed. I would guess they had been cut by rockfall? Tied them back to some random trees.
By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
May 17, 2016
This place has had at least three eras of development. First was mid to late 80s when Charlotte folks like Gus Glitch, Diab Rabie, myself and a handful of others put up some obvious lines. Any bolts from this era need replaced ! Next came William Cooper who put out a "how to bolt rock climbs" video which is fun to watch. Same fella who retrobolted Gemini and Sundial at Looking Glass. Third wave is now.
By Jill H.
Aug 26, 2017
From I 26 west you turn right after exiting. On the approach after crossing the big stream take the first left after the big fallen tree that you have to duck under or climb over. That left is marked by a warning sign on a tree and then 10 feet later on that trail a pictographic sign about falling.

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