CAROLINA MONTHLY|Andrea Sturdivant|August 7, 2017
North Carolina is also known as the Tar Heel State that has a lot of places and sights worthy of a visit. Besides the gorgeous beaches, country roadsides, many cities and towns there’s a lot of nature to be explored.
Lake Lure is one of the most beautiful and breath-taking places to visit in North Carolina. The history of the town goes all the way back over a hundred years.
The Lake is a popular destination for Hollywood filming such as Dirty Dancing and Thunder Road.These films have been partially filmed in the Lake Lure area. Lake Lure has some of the most scenic waterfall hikes around the lake. You can hear the rushing sound of water that is mesmerizing and one of mother nature’s most amazing creations to see. Lake Lure has some of the most breathtaking falls you will see.
Little Bearwallow Falls: (Gerton)
Enjoy a beautiful hike through the Hickory Nut Forest with views of Hickory Nut Gorge, several creek crossings and a close-up view of the 100-foot cliff and Little Bearwallow Falls.
Little Bearwallow Falls has an enjoyable hike and the trails are very constructed with stone steps, trail markings and bridges. Little Bearwallow Falls is located at the Florence Nature Preserve – 3836 Gerton Hwy, Gerton, NC 28735 that is approximately 15 min from Lake Lure Town Center.
To hike at Little Bearwallow Falls the cost is free and the hiking distance is approximately 2.3 miles of round trip and is moderate to strenuous to hike.
Little Bradley Falls: (Saluda)
The lush forest surrounds you and the great rushing sounds of Cove Creek relax you as you walk the wonderful wooded trail to Little Bradley Falls. There is a triple-tiered, 50 foot waterfall – that is absolutely gorgeous! The cost to hike is free and located at 5436 Holbert Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773.
Little Bradley Falls is approximately 40 min from Lake Lure Town Center and the hiking distance is 2 miles with the hiking trail that is easy to moderate to hike through.
Big Bradley Falls: (Saluda)
The cost is free to hike at Big Bradley Falls (Saluda) and is located at 5436 Holbert Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773 but is on the North side of the road. This is a beautiful wooded hike with creek crossings and a nice view of a 100 foot tall waterfall.
The hiking distance:is approximately 2.3 miles (round trip) – approximately 1.5 miles (round trip) to precipice that looks out to falls. Add .8 miles to also go down to the base of the falls and back. The hikes trails are moderate to difficult to hike but much more difficult if going to base of falls.