Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moore Cove Falls, Brevard

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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.

Lots of huge boulders lined the path and you could see more and even caves off into the forest.  Some areas we had to maneuver between rocks to stay on the path ad in others it was tricky to find secure footing on the tree roots.  This area gets a good amount of rain - hence the name Land of Waterfalls - so many spots were washed out or very wet.

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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!


A couple of guys are up on the ledge next to the falls  You have to be very careful hiking in areas like this - many people fall to their deaths trying to hike to the top of the falls. Don went ahead going back - most was happily downhill except this part.

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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!

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Kea said...

What an absolutely wonderful spot to hike! Very tricky over those tree roots, though. But worth it, worth every step, from those photos!

We're quite flat here, unless you head north a bit. (Frontenac Provincial Park, for example.) Not Prairie-flat, of course, but still very little elevation. We have lovely scenery, being at the juncture of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal, but it's certainly not rugged!

Shey said...

I wouldn't mind a good hike even on a hot day esp if I get to this waterfall. I can almost feel the refreshing sprays while standing next to the fall. :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! I like that the pathway is kept as pristine as possible and wends its way all close to the waterfalls! How beautiful!! I really enjoyed this trail - I wish I were walking it! I used to be an avid rambler - the more hard going the better - so this footpath really appealed to me!

I think you and hubby did very well in such conditions!! Well done you!!

Thank you so much for sharing these pics of an amazing hidden gem in your mountains.

Take care

Odie Langley said...

A lot of the trail photos remind me of Medoc Mountain State Park in Eastern NC. The only reason the word mountain is in the name is that it has elevations that make it seem like you are in the NC mountains. Some of the trails have roots like the ones you showed and can really give you a great cardiovascular workout. I'll have to get some pictures of the park and post them.

Lara Neusiedler said...

what a beautiful place! good for a day out in the open, with the family, doing a bit of exercise!

Linda said...

What a wonderful place to hike.I love the trunks of the trees that are above the ground. Your photos are wonderful...the waterfall is amazing! I think for me...anything watery is wonderful...we live in an area that has little of those kinds of things year round. We only get waterfalls when the mountain snow is melting and then there are creeks and falls galore!

Jorgelina said...

Absolutely wonderful .

daylily777 said...

Beautiful, amazing pics !

Marbel said...

What a gorgeous place. I would love to spend more time in that part of the country.

JO said...

lovely place! wonderful shots!

~ Jo's Precious Thoughts ~

Shirley said...

That looks like a wonderful hike up to the little falls. I like the shot of the tree roots in the path. Come on over and say hi!


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