Moore Cove Falls Trail

EASY 158 reviews
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Moore Cove Falls Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
167 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly








This is an easy and very kid friendly trail. The main feature here is Moore Cove Falls which is about 50ft high and pours over a rock overhang. A couple of sections tend to be muddy but it's easy to bypass the mud. This is a must see for families.

9 days ago

really good spot, easily accessible and falls were impressive. great short afternoon hike following a long morning hike. would recommend.

10 days ago

Short hike. Well maintained. Over all very pretty.

1 month ago

Short/quick, easy hike that is great for children and dogs. This trail is popular and usually crowded but a beautiful spot overall.

2 months ago

Great, easy trail for the whole family! Our 4 year old hiker didn’t complain about the walk at all. Lots of families with dogs, pretty heavily trafficked but didn’t feel crowded at all. Falls are really pretty! We’ll definitely go back when it’s warm outside.

2 months ago

AMAZING!!! We had such a great time. Kids 6,11, and 12. The waterfall was incredibly beautiful.

3 months ago

This is a very nice, compacted trail. Families should easily be able to take the kids. Check out the 2 huge boulders on the way up...the trail runs between them.

3 months ago

A very nice short hike. Once I was there I met another hiker who told me about the other Falls to the left of Moore Cove. Just a short walk across two creeks and up a hill. It was pretty nice as well and worth it!

4 months ago

Short and sweet trail to beautiful waterfall. Follows a creek and is well cared for. Parking area at trail head. Would be great for kids, dogs allowed too!

5 months ago

Easy with good views. The waterfall is really cool in the snow.

5 months ago

Not much water, but you can walk behind the falls. Very easy walk.

7 months ago

Great after-rain hike. View from one waterfall to another. Short and sweet. About 15-20 minutes in.

trail running
7 months ago

My boyfriend and I ran this trail with ease. It has a beautiful view of the falls. If you want to go higher and go above the falls, it’s pretty difficult, but doable. You’ll find some hidden gems up there

7 months ago

Beautiful hike - waterfall fun to go on inside. Pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon.

9 months ago

Very pretty. Super easy. Wish I hadn't of left my phone in the car. My 4 year old loved it.

9 months ago


9 months ago

short good trail. Some up hill and down. kids and dog did fine. Waterfall at the end is peaceful.

10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Some climbs, but nothing my 70 year old father and law couldn't handle.

Make sure you get there early!

11 months ago

Great little family hike!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Quick out and back. Easy inclines and easy enough to get behind the falls. Not super big payoff, but it's proportionate to the time investment.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Very nice easy trail. Perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Absolutely the best bang for your buck with a 4 year old. We looked for gold along the way in the creek and the easy hike ended with a waterfall you could shower in. Easy for the kid. Easy for the parents. Beautiful waterfall that you can picnic under.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Perfect for kids. Walking behind the waterfall was nothing short if magical.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Meh. This was a nice short trail we stopped at on our way to Sliding Rock just because. Moore Cove Falls left much to be desired, especially after viewing Looking Glass Falls right before. Nice for exploring and splashing around during warmer weather, I guess. Perfect for beginners and families with small children, though.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Friendly to all activity levels, nice trail, muddy, and slippery, but it had just rained.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Easy trail. Fun waterfall to get great pics behind

Sunday, January 22, 2017

This was an awesome hike to take with our two-year-old. After we got past the steep part at the beginning (with a sharp drop-off!) he was able to hike the whole way on his own with lots to stop & see. We really enjoyed the waterfall at the end - especially that we could take a walk behind it (might depend on time of year?). Exceeded our expectations!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Short and sweet.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great with small kids

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Easy hike did it barefoot, can chill under the waterfall or climb up to the top for more of a challenge. Small waterfall.

Friday, October 28, 2016

easy hike to some nice waterfalls. Great in the spring and fall

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