Near the popular Looking Glass Falls is the hidden jewel of Moore Cove Falls. Access to this 50-foot tall waterfall is via a small parking area by a stone bridge on U.S. 276 (Forest Heritage Scenic Byway), 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 3/4 mile trail (1.5 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 enchanting setting! It's pet-friendly, but keep dogs on a leash.
The hike is relatively easy with a few steep steps, mostly at the beginning of the trail. It's a beautiful walk, crossing Moore Creek several times before you reach the waterfall. The trail travels primarily through a lush, hardwood forest with areas of rosebay rhododendron and carpets of fern. The trail, after passing behind the falls, continues to reach a campsite and eventually another, similar falls about half the height of Moore Cove Falls. This part of the trail is a bit eroded and steeper.
It's a great picnic spot. Do not hike to the top of the waterfall to play in the water. The rocks are slippery and a fall can be fatal!