Trip Planner USA  /  North Carolina  /  Pisgah Forest  /  Nature  /  Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls, Pisgah Forest

Categories: Waterfalls, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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.
To visit Moore Cove Falls on your trip to Pisgah Forest, use our Pisgah Forest vacation planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • This hike does have a few hills, but is rated as "easiest" by the park. About 3/4 of a mile each each way to the falls, with a small area to have a picnic if you'd like. The falls themselves were fair...  read more »
  • My wife and I and a female friend were visiting Brevard and Pisgah Forest is a regular stop. We first stopped at the ranger, information center and spoke to a female ranger about the different waterfa...  read more »
  • A small water fall just off US 276 at Moore Cove its worth the walk in if you enjoy waterfalls it's about a 3/4 of a mile hike back to the falls, over all its 1.5 mile hike for the most part its and e...  read more »
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h