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Moore's Cove Falls (NC)

Moore's Cove Falls (NC)

1998 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 2/10
Beauty: 6/10
Ease of Access: 7/10

Moore's Cove Falls is a free-falling 50 foot cascade, accessible by a fairly easy 3/4 mile walk.


Moore's Cove Falls


Moore's Cove Falls is located in the Pisgah National Forest, about a mile north of Looking Glass Falls on U.S. route 276. The parking area and trailhead for Moore's Cove Falls is located on the right (east) side of 276, approximately 5 miles north of the ranger station. It is hard to miss the Looking Glass Falls area when traveling north on 276, so just look for the Moore's Cove Falls parking area one mile futher on by a bridge. This stretch of 276 runs from Brevard north to the Blue Ridge Parkway, so you can also reach the parking area by traveling south on U.S. 276 from the Parkway (the trailhead will be on the left this time).


Moore's Cove Falls makes for a nice little outing. The hike is easy and pleasant, but long enough to give you a little bit of a feeling of remoteness. The falls itself is interesting, especially because you can actually walk behind it. The only catch is that Moore's Cove Falls can virtually disappear during dry periods, so pick a time after a good rain or you will see only a trickle.

The trail from the parking area is mostly level, with a bit of a steep section in the beginning. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the waterfall. The water plunges down off of an overhanging rock layer, and free falls 50 feet to the base. It's easy to walk on the rock behind the falls and get some interesting vantage points. It's a great place to explore.

In additon to Looking Glass Falls, Courthouse Falls and Twin Falls are also in this general area of the Pisgah National Forest.

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