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Moore Cove Trail #318

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 167' 51 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 2,585' 788 m
Low: 2,436' 743 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Matthew Fedel

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

Matthew Fedel

Features Waterfall · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Easy run. May be muddy after recent rains.

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

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