Waterfalls abound in North Carolina and recently one of my new friends here in Connestee Falls invited me to hike a little trail to discover Moore Cove Falls in Pisgah National Forest. Of course I said yes because it was a waterfall and I am on a quest to see as many as I can.
Marci and I hiked to the falls while taking lots of breaks to stop and enjoy the beauty around. Marci is a very talented botanical artist and has a discerning eye for finding those little blossoms that most people just walk by. It was fun to hike with someone who has her eyes trained on the little things that might have escaped my eyes.
When we reached the falls there were plenty of other people who were enjoying the falls as well on this nice warm spring day. The fun thing about Moore Cove Falls is that you can actually walk behind the falls. I did not do this on this day as I did not really have my best hiking shoes on but I will come back and make that a priority one day. It looked like a lot of fun and I can imagine the pictures obtained from that angle would be incredible and far different from the views I captured on this trek.
The 50 foot plunge waterfall is easily accessible to hikers who can follow a three quarter mile path to the viewing area. Parking is available off of U.S. Highway 276 a little over 6 miles from the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. I love how there are so many great waterfalls that easy to get to thanks to the planning that is done by those in the park and national forest systems. Having designated parking lots and informative signage along the way helps to enhance my experience.
The day that we hiked the waterfall was plentiful with a showy amount of water cascading over the edge. When the water levels are down I am sure that this particular waterfall lessens in the amount of water flowing but I can imagine it is still a worthwhile hike to see.
I am often amazing at how careless some folks are when they are hiking in nature. Some often pose children in unsafe spots to get that perfect picture and no matter how many warning signs are posted accidents that could have been avoided seem to hit the headlines time and time again. While I did not witness any particularly unsafe behavior on this trail I did read that there was one fatality at this very falls years ago. As with anything I just hope people use common sense.
If you come to visit me I will be sure to take you to see some waterfalls. There are so many like Moore Cove Falls that are so beautiful and so easy to access. The beauty on the hike to the falls is without a doubt an ever changing landscape as the seasons change so a trek anytime of year will share different scenery.
Do you have a favorite time to hike? I would love to hear your thoughts today in the comment section. Every comment this month will go towards our Comments for a Cause – Special Olympics of Transylvania County.