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.
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