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Moore Cove Falls: Catch A Rainbow On This Easy Trail

Are you looking for an easy hiking trail to a rainbow-filled waterfall near Asheville? Don’t miss Moore Cove Falls near Brevard, North Carolina.

If you are headed into the Pisgah National Forest and chasing those waterfalls, be sure to catch Moore Cove Falls.

Located just past Looking Glass Falls, a short hike will lead you straight to this gorgeous cove that is home to a 50-foot waterfall. If the weather is just right, you might even catch a rainbow at the base of the falls.

Keep reading for tips and tricks for the Moore Cove Falls hike along with when to go and where to park. Plus, see our favorite nearby breweries with delicious grub. Let’s get started!

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Moore Cove Falls Pisgah National Forest NC with picture of waterfall
Looking for easy hikes to waterfalls near Asheville for the entire family? Keep reading for our quick guide to Moore Cove Falls.

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Moore Cove Falls Quick Stats

Moore Cove Falls Brevard NC with rainbow at the base of the 50 foot waterfall
We caught this gorgeous rainbow around 10:30 in the morning at the base of the falls. P.S. I am clearly not a professional waterfall photographer.

Distance From Asheville, North Carolina: 50 minutes to 1 hour; 35-40 miles

Address & Parking: Moore Cove Fall Trail, US-276, Brevard, NC 28712; roadside parking

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Length: .7 miles each way for 1.4 miles total

Duration Of Hike: About 35-40 minutes

Type Of Hike: Out and back with yellow blazes

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Why Moore Cove Falls Trail?

Moore Cove Falls NC with 50 foot waterfall in front of a cove
Moore Cove Falls Trail is an easy stroll to a gorgeous waterfall perfect for families.

Moore Cove Falls is a fabulous trail for families and inexperienced or low-key hikers looking for an easy trek to a beautiful waterfall. For waterfalls near Asheville, Moore Cove Falls offers a casual stroll versus a workout.

The trail is mostly shaded by a canopy of trees, and there are very few steep areas. Although the trail may grow muddy and mucky after rain, the path is well-maintained.

Hikers will encounter mostly wide walking areas, wooden bridges crossing small streams, and a final overlook and boardwalk to the falls.

This is a popular Pisgah National Forest trail, and families with younger kids love to hike here. The area is pet-friendly as long as your pooch is leashed.

The trail ends at Moore Cove Falls, which is a 50-foot waterfall. The water volume will vary based on the season and rain. You can walk behind the falls, but exert caution — it is slippery.

Do not attempt to climb to the top of the falls. There have been multiple fatalities from people falling off the ledge.


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When Is The Best Time To Hike Moore Cove Falls?

Like Looking Glass Falls, Moore Cove Falls is a neat waterfall to catch frozen in the winter.

You can hike the Moore Cove Falls Trail pretty much all year, although we prefer the end of winter into early spring. The falls are prettiest after heavy rain.

Since this is an easy and popular trail, especially during tourist season, we recommend getting there early and hiking on a weekday versus the weekend. Parking is extremely limited.

Where Is Moore Cove Falls?

Entrance Moore Cove Falls Trail NC with white male in garnet colored coat standing on a wooden bridge
You’ll know that you are on the correct trail when you see this wooden bridge and stairs.

Moore Cove Falls is located in the Pisgah National Forest around Brevard, NC.

From downtown Asheville, you’ll take I-240 West to I-26 East Exit 40. Turn right onto Hwy 280 W/Airport Rd. Turn right onto US 276 North to the entrance for the Pisgah National Forest.

Pass Looking Glass Falls. Drive a little under 1-mile further, and look for a small parking area and informational board. Once you park, you’ll cross the wooden bridge to pick up the trail. The trail is labeled with a post.

If You Love Moore Cove Falls Trail, Try

Looking Glass Falls Pisgah National Forest NC in the fall
You can also visit Looking Glass Falls on your way to Moore Cove Falls. Drive right up, and find parking along the road.

On your way into or out of Moore Cove Falls, don’t miss Looking Glass Falls. You can drive right up to the giant waterfall. Walk down the steps and feel its spray on your face. Or, slide down nearby Sliding Rock, a 60-foot boulder.

We also love Daniel Ridge Loop and Falls next door. Driving into the Pisgah National Forest from Brevard, you’d veer left at the fork instead of heading toward Looking Glass and Moore Cove Falls. Daniel Ridge has two options: a short and easy walk to the falls or a harder 5-mile loop.

You may also want to check out Pink Beds Loop Trail and Picnic Area. This 5.5-mile nature trail is flat and perfect for low-key hikers. Or, head to Skinny Dip Falls Trailhead along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a shallow swimming hole.

If you head to the BRP, don’t miss Terrifyingly High Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower or the stellar views along the Moderate Hike Up To Mount Pisgah.

After hiking the Pisgah National Forest waterfalls, don’t miss Oskar Blues Brewery for craft beer and burgers.

We also like Burning Blush Brewery with their daily-changing food trucks. If you are heading back to Asheville, you’ll pass Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Their duck fries are love.



Don’t miss all of our Favorite Breweries Near Brevard and Top Mills River Breweries around Moore Cove Falls.


Where To Stay Around Brevard, NC

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Have you hiked Moore Cove Falls? Did you see a rainbow?

Have you been to Moore Cove Falls? What did you think? What other hiking trails and waterfalls do you enjoy in Western North Carolina? Let us know in the comments

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