Moore Cove Falls, Pisgah Forest

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Moore Cove Falls is a waterfall in Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard.Natural historyThe name comes from Moore Cove, and was named for Adam Q. Moore, who purchased the property. In 1891, the property was sold to George W. Vanderbilt for $155 to become part of the Pisgah National Forest.GeologyThe waterway is Moore Creek, which flows through the Pisgah National Forest. The falls flows over an overhanging bluff that allows visitors to walk behind the falls. The creek occasionally dries to a trickle.Visiting the waterfallThe waterfall is open to the public and are accessible beginning at a parking area on the side of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 6.6 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. Visitors may take a moderate-difficulty ¾-mile (1.2 km) trail to the falls.As with all waterfalls, hikers must exercise caution. While the area around the bottom of the falls is flat and generally not dangerous, unofficial paths lead to the top of the falls and are treacherous. On April 29, 2007, a hiker fell from the top of the falls to his death.Nearby fallsThere are several sliding falls along the trail to Moore Cove. At Moore Cove, there is a smaller, nearly identical waterfall on the side of the cove opposite the trail. It is much more difficult to get to, and is usually not attractive for waterfall tourists.
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  • The falls are pretty, but I didn't love them. We went in early November during a drought though, so the water was a trickle and didn't impress me. Maybe during wetter seasons, they could have been a l...  more »
  • Great falls. Unique and fun for the kids. We went to Looking Glass, then Moore Cove, then Sliding Rock all before lunch and no crowds! Dahlias just outside the Forest entrance is a nice lunch spot.  more »
  • We drove the "Best of the Mountains" scenic loop recommended by RomanticAsheville.com and this section of road was mobbed with waterfall sightseers and especially with people wanting to say they slid ...  more »

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