Moore Cove Falls

A narrow waterfall cascades over a rocky cliff edge.
Moore Cove Falls

NPS Photo / Kelly Smith

Quick Facts
Pisgah National Forest, 8 miles from the Parkway at MP 411

Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Be cautious while enjoying waterfalls around the Parkway. Do not climb on rocks near waterfalls and use extreme caution when walking along riverbanks. These rocks are slippery from mist and algae. The top of any waterfall is dangerous—never play in the stream above a waterfall.

Moore Cove Falls is a short waterfall hike located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest. In order to get there you will exit the Parkway at Mile Marker 411. Take a left and go 8 miles on U.S. 276 South. Park along the left-hand side of U.S. 276. There are no signs on the roadway for Moore Cove Falls, but there is an information board by the parking area so you will know you are in the right place.

This lovely waterfall hike is off the beaten path and perfect for those attempting to avoid larger crowds. The trail crosses Looking Glass Creek early on and winds through rhododendron plants and many pretty wildflowers during the early spring and summer months. 

The hike to Moore Cove Falls is a 0.7-mile, easy trail. Follow the trail with yellow trail blazes. After a short distance, the trail will begin to gain in elevation. You will come to an intersection that makes a fork. Make sure to stay to the right of the fork to continue towards the waterfall. There is a viewing platform at the base of Moore Cove Falls that will allow you to safely see the waterfall.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Last updated: November 4, 2021