090 – Little Moore Cove

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 20′

Distance – 1.2 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 5

Photo rating – 5

Solitude – 5

GPS Info: LAT 35.3120 LONG -82.7786

The easiest way to get to Little Moore Cove Falls is to hike to Moore Cove Falls and then backtrack along the trail to the side path to the right. It will run down to the creek, which you will have to rock hop across. The trail leads through a campsite and then crosses another branch of the creek. After completing the second crossing, the trail goes left and up to the waterfall. If you’re expecting anything grand, you will be disappointed. It’s a smaller version of Moore Cove and on all of my visits the lower section was buried under all kinds of downfall.

To get to this waterfall, follow US276 6.7 miles from the intersection with US64/SC280 in Brevard. There is ample parking along the right side US276 but in the summer, the lot will fill up. Coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s 8.3 miles to the parking area. You will cross a small bridge before getting to the parking area. there is an information kiosk at the trailhead that makes no mention of Little Moore Cove Falls, only the better know, Moore Cove. No matter what time of day you arrive, you will get to enjoy this one without anyone bothering you. You can almost see Moore Cove from the base of the falls.

The nice thing about this one is you don’t have to venture more than a few minutes out of your way to add it to the list of waterfalls you’ve seen. On my December visit the flow was barely a dribble. When I first saw it in July, it wasn’t even that much. I’m not putting this waterfall down. I’m just setting your expectations.

Photographically, you’re not going to have a lot of options here. There isn’t much room to back up and there is a lot of foliage and downfall on the lower section of the falls. If the area were cleaned up, it would probably be nice but as of my last visit in December of 2105, it was a congested mess in and around the falls. Good luck.

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Raging water flow at Little Moore Cove – December 2015
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The July dribble at Little Moore Cove – July 2015
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The congestion of clutter at the base – December 2015