Big Bradley Falls – Hiking Into The Gorge From The Bottom

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As the summer 2014 was coming to a close, I was pushing, trying to get in as many new waterfalls as I could. There is just something special about hiking to new waterfalls: the anticipation, and all of the “unknown” factors that come with them. I find that summer is the best time to explore new areas, and take on the “unknown” factors. I have many waterfalls remaining….just in NC alone left to explore around for the first time. This mid September day, I had chosen Big Bradley Falls in the Saluda, NC area.

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White Owl Falls

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White Owl Falls is the perfect introduction to the Thompson River, in the far southwestern section of North Carolina. It is a beautiful waterfall and easy to get to. The Thompson River is probably the least known of the four main rivers that all make up Lake Jocasse in northern South Carolina, along with the Toxaway River, Horsepasture River and the Whitewater River. This land is waterfalls paradise. Some are easy to get to and some are not. White Owl Falls just happens to be one of the easy ones.

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High Falls (Thompson River)

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After spending some time at the very nice White Owl Falls, I had time for maybe 1 more waterfall before it was time to call it a day. Mother Nature had already chased me away from my planned destinations for this day. Somehow I had found myself along the Thompson River, a mysterious river that I have done very little exploring on. Since the weather was still looking promising after White Owl Falls, I figured that I would just stay where I was. Just from reading about this area, I knew that the High Falls was a reasonably short hike from the Brewer Rd area along US 281. Click on the link for more info and photos on White Owl Falls.

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