Moore Cove Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina

One of the most popular attractions in Western North Carolina is an amazing roadside waterfall known as Looking Glass Falls. In an area nicknamed “The land of waterfalls,” Looking Glass stands out as the best-of-the-best. Not surprisingly, thousands of tourists flock to this site each year due to its’ easy accessibility. While it’s definitely worthy of a look despite the insane crowds, there is a wonderful smaller waterfall located just a mile away in a more rustic setting. For anyone looking to get in a workout and soak in some much needed nature, consider adding on a hike to Moore Cove Falls.

The hike to Moore Cove Falls

Tall trees lining the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina

This 50 foot waterfall, located in the Pisgah National Forest, is easily accessible via an easy-moderate hike of just under a mile and a half roundtrip. The setting here is beautiful with dense yellow poplar and oak trees lining the entirety of the trail. Wildflowers are a beautiful sight during the late spring months. This trail is always peaceful no matter the foot traffic. The trek to get to the falls is just as enjoyable as the view of the falls themselves. Along the way, relaxing views of creeks and streams adds a rustic touch. The fresh scent of uninterrupted nature is in the air. Falls brings out the colorful hues of the Pisgah Forest.

A few beautiful pics from the trail

Beautiful greenery along the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina
Large rock outcropping along the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina
Relaxing creek views along the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina
Serene creek views along the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina

There are a few moderately steep sections, although nothing too difficult. Be ready for a few minor uphill sections where a hiking stick may come in handy along with a few staircases. Thankfully, there are wooden walkways up over the creek crossings so you don’t have to get your feet wet.

Wooden walkway along the Moore Cove Falls trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina

One of the cool aspects of this waterfall in particular is that you can stand behind the falls for a really cool photo opportunity. Don’t forget your camera! Be careful as the rocks may be slippery. Also, avoid climbing this waterfall (or any other for the matter) as many deaths have occurred.

Standing underneath Moore Cove Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina

Best time to visit

It’s best to hike this trail during the rainy season due to the waterfall’s naturally low volume. While this waterfall can be quite spectacular following a few days of heavy rain, it can be reduced to a mere trickle during an extended dry spell. Typically, the late spring-summer months see the most precipitation in this region. While it can get hot and humid out here during the prime of summer, the dense tree coverage provides plenty of shade from the harsh sunlight. Get out here early to beat both the crowds and heat for the best hiking experience.

Location & Parking Info

Moore Cove Falls is located along US 276 about 10 miles from downtown Brevard. Free roadside parking is available. As long as you arrive by mid morning, parking should be no problem.

What to do nearby

Looking Glass Falls – 60 foot tall powerful waterfall located on US 276, just a mile down the road from the Moore Cove Falls hike. Parking is limited and fills up fast on weekends.

Looking Glass Falls in Western North Carolina

Downtown Brevard – Charming Main Street home to many unique restaurants and cafes. Stop by Sully’s for a steamed bagel and Quotations for an amazing cup of coffee in a cozy setting.

Cozy ambiance at Quotations Coffee Cafe in downtown Brevard, NC
A fantastic Americano in a spacious, cozy setting at Quotations.
Steamed Bagel at Sully's Steamers in downtown Brevard, NC
“The Vulcan,” a vegan steamed bagel featuring hummus & veggies