Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls, Pisgah Forest: Address, Phone Number, Moore Cove Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Moore Cove Falls
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noeloni
Sarasota, FL293 contributions
Family
We are a family of 4 - we have a 7 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. We have never ever been hiking before! We are from Florida where there are no mountains, and where being outdoors is unpleasant most of the year. So this was a first for us, and we really didn’t know what to expect. I knew my 7 year old would do great, but I was worried about how difficult it could be for the 2 year old. We chose this trail based on the reviews here, stating it was an easy hike & good for families with children, plus of course the beautiful pics posted of the waterfall. Well, I’m pleased to report all 4 of us had an absolute blast and this 1st experience with hiking was the highlight of our NC vacation! We all fell in love with hiking, and with the area surrounding Asheville, so we cannot wait to visit again & go on more hikes! It took us approximately 30 minutes to get to the waterfall, and I believe it’s about 3/4 of a mile each way, for a total of 1 hour round-trip. Plus whatever time you spend taking pics and enjoying the 50 foot waterfall before heading back! It’s gorgeous. We had so much fun along the way, tons of neat stuff to see throughout the forest, and my 2 year old had no trouble with the trail at all. I was so impressed with her! The path is mostly very wide and easy to navigate and very few inclines. The temperature in March was so cool & comfortable, it was approximately 50 degrees and perfect!! So don’t be scared to go on this trail if you’re inexperienced, or if you have a toddler in tow. You’ll love it and your kids will too!
Written March 29, 2021
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL2,840 contributions
This is a scenic waterfall over a grotto. It is just a few miles north of Looking Glass Falls on the right (headed North). There is a small parking lot. The hike is .7 miles through a wooded forest. It has a steeper section with steps and then winds through the forest. There is a nice platform to overlook the Falls. There is an "unofficial" path to get behind the falls in the grotto. Since the Falls were not "heavy" on our visit, it is difficult to see the waterfall looking out from the grotto in photos. Still a fun waterfall and reasonable hike.
Written October 9, 2021
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Lisa S
Fort Myers, FL9,878 contributions
Couples
The entrance is somewhat difficult to notice with the cars parking everywhere and you are also looking yourself to see where you can park. Initially we drove past the trailhead and had to turn around. We tried to park off the side of the road but it was really muddy and we could not get far enough off so we headed back. We got lucky and people were leaving at the trailhead and that’s when I noticed the sign! It’s set down please see my photo.

It’s short and not a hard hike. So many families and people with dogs were on the trail when we were there. Some good boulders for young children to climb and play on along the trail. Lots of people were under the falls or in the water even though there is a sign asking people NOT to enter the area.

It’s worth a stop.
Written September 17, 2020
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA820 contributions
This is a very nice, quick hike in the Pisgah Forest. You will go through a gorgeous forest setting, over a few bridges and past some babbling brooks. The final reward is a light, but tall, waterfall that you can go behind. There is a sign that warns against going behind the waterfall and up the side, but it really is fairly safe. Families shouldn't even be worried to explore. You can get to a ledge overlook pretty easily for a different viewpoint. The payoff on this hike is high for the short and easy walk you have to do. It kind of reminded me a condensed but better version of the Alum Cave Trail in the Smokies. Well worth a quick stop on your visit.
Written March 14, 2020
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Diiaannee P
Maryland105 contributions
Once you get past the steps in the beginning it's easier ... mostly level and less than a mile. We saw lots of birds and butterflies. Waterfall is so pretty and morning has rainbows! Parking a little scary though when backing out be careful :)
Written April 23, 2021
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domeehoo
Charlotte, NC143 contributions
Family
This is a great, easy, short hike from a parking area off 276, not far from Looking Glass falls and Sliding Rock. Maybe 1.5 hours round trip and play. It's great for kids and dogs. You can stand behind and under the falls as it isn't powerful...if it hasn't been raining tons.
Written July 31, 2018
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LeslieinTN
Jonesborough, TN781 contributions
Family
If you plan on visiting Looking Glass Falls then go another mile up the road to see Moore Cove Falls, a 50 foot tall waterfall. It's about 1.5 miles round trip but an easy/moderate hike. Parking is on the right with a kiosk located right in front of a stone bridge over Looking Glass Creek. The trail is marked with yellow dots and begins when you cross the wooden foot bridge.

You can walk behind the waterfall which would be fun but on the day we were there it was too cold and ice coated the area making it impassable.
Written March 10, 2018
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,381 contributions
Couples
Moore Cove Falls is a 50-foot waterfall on Moore Creek, a tributary of Looking Glass Creek. It's pretty close to Looking Glass Falls and probably second in popularity after it. The easy hike to the falls is about 1.5 miles round trip and very scenic - the area along Moore Cove Trail (#318) has a ton of wildflowers in the spring. Moore Cove Falls plunges over a rock outcrop with a spacious grotto behind the falls. The Forest Service has built a nice wooden overlook near the base of the falls and visitors are allowed to walk behind the falls as well. On a hot summer day, the cave behind the waterfall is noticeably cooler than anywhere else and makes a great place for a picnic. Due to its popularity, however, you won't find solitude here on a nice weather day. Although some people do it anyway, the Forest Service strongly discourages people from climbing to the top of the falls. It's a big safety risk as well as harming the sensitive plants that live around here and people have fallen to their deaths. So please enjoy the waterfall from the base or the grotto.
Written January 13, 2015
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nc_travelguy
Cary, NC37 contributions
Family
This hike is about 3/4 of a mile to the falls. The trail is relatively flat, expect for the first couple hundred yards. You navigate through a cove forest along a small stream back to the falls. You used to be able to walk underneath, however they have now build a viewing platform for safety reasons. Great hike for kids (flip rocks for salamanders in the stream) or older/out of shape folks. Round trip shouldn't take more than 1 hour.

Note: If you must take your dog, please keep on leash and pick up poop. I saw a roomy lady let her stinky dog take a dump in the stream by the falls…kind of ruins to mood, let alone hurts the wildlife and cleanliness of the area.
Written September 19, 2014
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH1,948 contributions
Couples
We were able to park in an area alongside the road to visit this waterfall. The hike was an easy .7 miles. There is a lookout area once you get to the falls. It’s worth checking out but it wasn’t one of my favorites in the area.
Written May 1, 2022
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