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Moore Cove Trail #318

Intermediate
 3.9 (12)

A short, family-friendly route that ends at Moore Cove Falls.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

2,585' 788 m

High

2,436' 743 m

Low

167' 51 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A perfect family friendly trail. Less than a mile, with a waterfall to play under/around at the end.

Description

This is an easy, family friendly, and consequently, very popular trail leading to Moore Cove Falls. It's best to avoid this trail in the the high-traffic summer months. Roadside parking is along the eastern side of the road, just before the Hwy 276 bridge crosses over Looking Glass Creek. There is a trail information sign right where you park.

You'll start the trail by crossing a footbridge, and it is marked by a yellow blaze. The trail will climb at a moderate grade for the first 150ft from the parking area, but then level off. The trail is well maintained and has solidly built footbridges.

The trail ends at Moore Cove Falls, which casts water over a cave-like rock outcropping. You can explore all the way around the base of the waterfall (or through it, if it's oppressively hot!). The trail does not go beyond the falls. Do not try to make your way to the top of the fall, as it is dangerous and will potentially cause unnecessary environmental damage.

Flora & Fauna

Cove Hardwoods, Orchids, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and Dwarf Iris.

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Shared By:

Matthew Fedel

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 12 votes

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Start the trail by crossing a sturdy wooden bridge over the gurgling Looking Glass Creek.
Mar 13, 2017 near Brevard, NC
The shower-like spray of Moore Cove Falls is inviting in the oppressive heat of summer.
Mar 13, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Moore Come Falls
Jul 20, 2020 near Brevard, NC
Side view of Moore Cove Falls
Apr 23, 2018 near Brevard, NC

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Jun 24, 2021
Winston Baker
Cool waterfall and rocks found a brown butterfly and learned that wild hydrangeas are a thing 2mi
Mar 20, 2021
Ryan Lanzel
Oct 19, 2020
Helene Gaglioti
Sep 9, 2020
Debie Talbot
Restart — 10h 10m
Feb 23, 2020
Mike Street
Short trail with a small waterfall that you can sit under 0.6mi — 0h 27m
Feb 17, 2020
Vanessa R
Aug 3, 2019
Dave Wiebking
Easy trail. Gorgeous waterfall, 50ft with cave. Good lunch spot. No swimming. Shower only. — 14h 30m