Moore Cove Falls Hike

Moore Cove Falls Hike

Moore Cove Falls Hike is an easy, short hike in Western North Carolina near Brevard.  The hike may be short, but the payoff is big, finishing with a spectacular and unique waterfall you can actually stand behind.


Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday.

My special guest last week was my Dad!  We spent much of the week touring Asheville.  Since my Dad is really into walking lately, my goal was to find an easy hike that he could do with bad knees, but still had a big payoff like a waterfall or panoramic view.  I found Moore Cove Falls and it delivered!

Moore Cove Falls Hike

Dad and I arrive late Friday morning into the Pisgah Forest.  We follow 276 into the woods until we reached the trail head, where there is plenty of parking and a wide spot on the road.


The trail starts by going over a new and sturdy bridge.


After the bridge we reach steep stairs.  These stairs are the most challenging part of the hike for Dad.  However we go slow and finish without any problems.  We can’t wait to see Moore Cove Falls.


After the stairs, the hike evens out to a packed dirt trial.  There are lots of gradual ups and downs, but nothing too crazy.


The forest is so shaded and beautiful.  There are several stunning rock formations.


Dad even finds a “fancy” walking stick for assistance!


There are so many pretty wildflowers along the way.  Lots of white blooms.


The trail then starts to follow a creek.  We stop off to the side for some pictures.


We continue to walk with a few steeper inclines and one more set of uneven stairs.  Luckily there are sturdy new bridges to help you cross the water each time.


The hike is about .70 mile and then we finally reach Moore Cove Falls.


It is totally worth the effort!


Moore Cove Falls may not be the biggest around at only 50 feet tall, but it becomes a quick favorite of mine.  The light lacy water stream is whimsical and almost enchanting.


I think the best part about it is I can actually stand behind the water in the cave.  I leave Dad at the sturdy platform to take pictures, and walk around the platform to the right.


The mist hitting the rocks feels amazing.


I go back and get my camera to take some pictures from the inside looking out.


The way the sun comes through the forest is so pretty.


It is one of the coolest places I’ve seen in WNC!


Dad and I get one last look before we start the hike back to the car!  The total hike is just under 1.5 miles.


Looking Glass Falls NC

On our way home we stop at Looking Glass Falls!  So pretty!  Even if you can’t hike, you can stop and see this waterfall off the side of the road on 276.


Moore Cove Falls Hike Notes

To get to Moore Cove Falls start at the intersection of 64 (heading to Brevard) and 276.  Drive North on 276 heading towards the Blue Ridge Parkway.  From the Pisgah Forest stone entrance the parking area is 6.5 miles.  Look for a wooden sign.  The parking area is before you reach a stone bridge.

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, get off on 276 and head towards Brevard.   The wood sign and bridge will be on your left hand side after 8.2 miles.

The trail is well marked and easy for a hike.  However it still involves several steep areas with steps.  Use extreme caution to walk beyond the wooden platform to reach behind the waterfall.

NEVER climb or hike to the top of a waterfall.  The rocks at the top are slippery and potentially fatal.  Every year someone gets seriously injured or killed in this area because they hike/play at the top of the waterfall.

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’ve put together the perfect refreshing summer food combo.  It involves cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado and it tastes divine!  I hope to see you then.

I’m linking this post with Wild Workout Wednesday and Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday. Thank you so much ladies for the link up party!

Your turn!

Have you been doing anything unique for exercise lately?

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By | 2017-08-15T14:04:12-04:00 June 17th, 2015|Hiking, Pisgah National Forest, Waterfall Hikes|42 Comments


  1. April June 20, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! This reminds me of hiking Yosemite, with all the waterfalls…but without the sticky heat of the South. But that’s okay. I’m a Southern girl too, so I should be used to the heat. I love the thick, green, abundance!

  2. jill conyers June 20, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place. When we lived in CA we often hiked with the goal of finding or getting to the top of waterfalls. They mesmerize me. Is that strange :/

    Have a wonderful weekend Julie.

  3. Mary Beth Jackson June 19, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Oh my! How beautiful! and how nice you got to share the hike with your dad! Very special! 🙂

  4. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    That waterfall is gorgeous! And I love your dad’s walking stick.

    • JulieWunder June 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks! It was a cool find. Helps with the knees on the downhill.

  5. Jess @hellotofit June 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Beautiful water falls! And you look great in that color 🙂

  6. Jenny @ apples & kale June 18, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I just love your hiking pictures! Moore Cove is beautiful!

  7. Amanda June 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a beautiful hike! And that is so great that you were able to do it with your dad 🙂

  8. Lindsey June 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    That looks like a beautiful place! I love hiking and enjoying waterfalls!

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  10. Susanna @Zealous Mom June 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Such amazing pictures! I love the one of you in the waterfall. Hiking is so relaxing. We’re so lucky to live in a place like WNC.

  11. Annmarie June 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    That looks so serene and relaxing…I want to escape to there right now!!!

  12. Pragati // Simple Medicine June 17, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

    The thing I miss most about the PNW is hiking! Such a fun way to get out and get fresh air. I love these photos! It makes me miss it 1000x more than usual 🙂

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      I feel so lucky to be able to do this whenever I have a free moment! So grateful

  13. Elaine Orr June 17, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Looks like fun and a place my son and I could go. Tell your Dad his walking is paying off and he looks very trim and handsome. Enjoy him

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      I will!!! He is doing so good and that will make his day 🙂
      You and your son would love it!

  14. Kerry Bates June 17, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Wow that looks like so much fun! Can you recommend any trails that would be good for a toddler? I have a very curious two year old boy and i would love to take him on a hike.

    PS. I have been following your blog for awhile and I love your recipes. Our family favorite is your pumpkin pancakes 🙂

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      I do actually! My good friend Marilyn’s son is a pretty good little hiker. She has been working with him since he could walk.
      I’d actually suggest this hike as well as Craggy Pinnacle/ Craggy Gardens (see last weeks post)
      She has says there is an easy one from the visitors center on the parkway that is pretty.

      Thanks for following!! The pumpkin pancakes are one of my favorites too. We eat them all fall!

  15. Nicole @ Fitful Focus June 17, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Wow! It looks so beautiful there! I keep saying I’m going to make a trip out to the Asheville area. I’ll have to stop here when I do!

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      You totally do!! Let me know if you ever do and I’ll give you some tips if you’d like 🙂

  16. Danyelle Musselman June 17, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    That waterfall is spectacular!! Since I’m back in the Bay Area for a little while, I’ve been back to my old boot camp classes… they are kicking my butt!

  17. Andrea June 17, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I love little finds like this! A very fun morning hike.

  18. Jamie June 17, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I’ve been taking a more laid back approach to exercise lately, but now that the weather is warming up, I’m hoping to start swimming a bit more. I love bringing friends to my towns beach… I live super close and it’s a great way to relax and spend a day outside!

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

      That does sound like a great way to spend the day! As much as I love the mountains, I miss the beach 🙂

  19. ooh so pretty. I love those wooden bridges. I can’t wait to do some hiking next week in Hawaii

  20. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie June 17, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    This looks so beautiful!! I love a good waterfall especially if you can stand behind it.

    I would love to see some more of your tips on hiking too : )

  21. Blane Sherer June 17, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures of the falls and of the hiking trails.
    Glad you were able to spend that time with your dad. I know this coming weekend is Father’s Day but I’m sure your dad will feel that this past weekend was his Father’s Day.

  22. Jenny June 17, 2015 at 5:37 am - Reply

    How fun! I’ve never been to Moore Cove–we’ll have to check it out. And it’s not exercise at all, but I love taking visitors on a LaZoom tour. Soooo Asheville. 🙂

    • JulieWunder June 17, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      yes! So Asheville! SOOOOO funny!!! I still need to do the pub-cycle though!

      • Jenny June 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        Me too!

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