View – the trail ends at Little Bradley Falls. The falls are a very picturesque, 3 level cascade with a large, tranquil pool at the base. You can walk 180 degrees around the edge of the pool for beautiful, unobstructed views from multiple angles. One of the best waterfalls in WNC in our opinion.
Note: this hike is not actually located within the Green River Game Lands but is located south of the Green River.
Hike Profile – a 1.9 mile out and back hike with minimal ascent but requires a boulder scramble and 4 creek crossings, two of which require wading. This trail is rated Moderate because of the challenging creek crossings and the boulder scramble.
Because this hike is relatively short, most hikers also hike to Bradley Falls. The Bradley Falls trailhead is located just across the road from the Little Bradley Falls trailhead. See the Bradley Falls Hike Description page for more details.
Trail Surface – the trail is mostly smooth dirt and is dry and very pleasant to walk on. However, the boulder field does require a awkward scramble over large boulders used to support a section of Holbert Cove Road which runs parallel to the trail for most of its length. Two of the creek crossings require wading through relatively deep, fast moving water with very slippery rocks on the bottom. We used waders and Neos Trekker Overshoes to get across after a period of heavy rain. Bare feet are NOT advised.
Environment – the trail goes through a thick growth of hardwood and evergreen trees.
Navigation – the trail is wide and well-used and is very easy to follow for the most part. At the very start of the trail, the trail appears to go down to the creek but the trail actually goes left. At the trailhead, take a sharp left and climb up to the trail which then goes above and parallel to the creek.
Just before the second creek crossing, the trail appears to bear left away from the creek. Don’t go left – take a right and head down to the creek.
At the third creek crossing, we had to search up and down the creek a short distance to find a suitable route across because of the very high water. We found a good spot just a few yards downstream from the trail.
Directions to Trailhead – the parking area is located 3.4 miles east from exit 59 off of I-26 on Holbert Cove Road. The trailhead is located on the south (right-hand) side of Holbert Cove Road immediately after crossing over Cove Creek.