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U.S. Forest Service

Southern Region Viewing Area


Heartleaf Foam Flower and waterleaf. Heartleaf Foam Flower and waterleaf (Tiarella cordifolia and Phacelia sp.). Photo by Gary Kauffman.

Moore Cove Falls

Forest: Pisgah National Forest

District: Pisgah Ranger District

Description: This easy 0.7 mile one way hike terminates at the base of a waterfall. Many spring wildflowers are visible along the trail. They include Catesby’s trillium, southern nodding trillium, Vasey’s trillium, wake-robin, crested iris, foamflower, wild geranium, Solomon’s seal, jack-in-the-pulpit, showy orchid, robin’s plantain. Best time to enjoy: mid April to mid May.

Safety First: The Pisgah National Forest receives high recreational use throughout the summer, and traffic along the forest roads can be heavy, especially near developed facilities. Weather in the southern Appalachians is generally mild but wet, with abundant rainfall throughout the year. Higher elevations, however, can experience cold, wet weather at any time during the year. As a result, adequate rain gear and warm clothes are recommended, even during the summer. In addition, trails in the region are often rocky, and require supportive shoes and sure footing.

Although the area contains abundant streams, all surface water should be treated before drinking or cooking. Carry and drink plenty of fluids, and use sunscreen on exposed skin, especially at higher elevations. Biting insects are generally not a problem. Mosquitoes and ticks are present, but usually not a nuisance. Both mosquito and tick bites can transmit diseases, however, and appropriate measures, such as long clothing and repellants, should be used. Gnats are ubiquitous during the growing season, and often become a nuisance, due to both their numbers as well as their persistence. Wildlife encounters with large animals such as black bears and wild boar are unusual but potentially very dangerous. Please take necessary precautions while hiking outdoors.

Directions: From Brevard, North Carolina, take U. S. Highway 276 north for about 6.5 miles from the intersection with U.S. highway 64. The trailhead parking area is on the right side of US 276. A foot-bridge crossing Looking Glass Creek is the beginning of the trail. Facilities are not available at the trailhead.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District.

Closest Town: Brevard, North Carolina.