Moore Cove Falls, Pisgah Forest

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Waterfall
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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  • Moore Cove falls is located via a .75 mile easy-moderate trail of the Pisgah National Forest Parkway. A favorite for children and pets who get to scamper on the wide flat rocks splashed by the waterfa...  more »
  • ETA 20 minutes and 20 minutes out hike. We went at a stroll pace. Worth every moment.my sister has cerebral palsy, and was able to get it quite easily. She's not your average CP in easy and can walk. ...  more »
  • Relatively easy hike, approximately 1.5 miles round trip. There are parts that are a little steep but the trail is reasonably clear and wide. The waterfall was a trickle compared to Looking Glass Fall...  more »