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Moore Cove Falls

With its frozen cascade in the winter and its wildflower variety in the spring and summer, this waterfall offers year-round sights.

You can step behind the flow of these falls, a sheer drop of 50 feet named after former Mills River Township Justice of the Peace Adam Q. Moore, who bought 50 acres bordering Looking Glass Creek in 1877 before selling them in 1880. The property won over a much more high-profile owner 11 years later: George W. Vanderbilt purchased the land, which joined nearby properties as part of his Pisgah Forest. The falls and its associated creek retained Moore’s name.

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Hike Description

Cross Looking Glass Creek on the footbridge and hike the recently upgraded and easily followed trail to the falls.


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3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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  • Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
  • Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
  • Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
  • Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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