The weather cooled off a bit this weekend and I convinced my hubby Don to go for a hike with me. We usually take a few a month but this summer has been to hot to even think about hiking! This trail in off the blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard. It was fairly easy (if we had been in shape) but mostly uphill going in.
We followed the creek in so it was not clear which water noise was the falls or creek. Moore Cove is 50 feet high and at the end of a narrow forest cove. Several couples with dogs had settled in to rest in the shade of the falls. There is another rough trail up to another falls above this but with it being so muddy we passed ont that one which is not as high as Moore Cove.
Access to this free fall waterfall is via a small parking area by a stone bridge on U.S. 276, one mile north (toward the Blue Ridge Parkway) from Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest. A separate wooden pedestrian bridge takes you across the creek to access the .7 mile trail (1.4 miles roundtrip). There are no signs on the highway for Moore Cove, but there is an information board by the parking lot so you will know you are in the right spot!
Moore Creek has a low volume of water, especially during dry spells. The waterfall is most spectacular after a good rain. Extended dry weather can reduce the falls to a trickle. Our favorite part of this waterfall is the ability to walk behind it and hang out under a large rock overhang. What an enchanted setting!
Looking back you can see the massive rock the falls drop down from. The area was cool, hidden from the sunlight except for some dappled rays that got through and lots of fallen logs, moss and ferns created the landscape - a real gem of a hike!