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    by jmpncsu Updated Jan 13, 2015

    Moore Cove Falls is a 50-foot waterfall on Moore Creek, a tributary of Looking Glass Creek. It's pretty close to Looking Glass Falls and probably second in popularity after it. The easy hike to the falls is about 1.5 miles round trip and a very scenic. The area along Moore Cove Trail (#318) has a ton of wildflowers in the spring. Moore Cove Falls plunges over a rock outcrop with a spacious grotto behind the falls. The Forest Service has built a nice wooden overlook near the base of the falls and visitors are allowed to walk behind the falls as well. On a hot summer day, the cave behind the waterfall is noticeably cooler than anywhere else and makes a great place for a picnic. Due to its popularity, however, you won't find solitude here on a nice weather day. Although some people do it anyway, the Forest Service strongly discourages people from climbing to the top of the falls. It's a big safety risk as well as harming the sensitive plants that live around here and people have fallen to their deaths. So please enjoy the waterfall from the base or the grotto.

    Moore Cove Falls Behind Moore Cove Falls Rainbow at Moore Cove Falls Moore Cove Falls Moore Cove Trail
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    by jmpncsu Updated Jan 8, 2015

    Looking Glass Falls is a beautiful roadside waterfall in Pisgah National Forest. As such, it is one of the most popular and most visited waterfalls in western North Carolina. If you're in the area and only have time for a quick waterfall stop, this is the one to hit. The waterfall consists of a single plunge of about 60 feet and is very impressive with little effort to see it. From the pull-off along US-276, there is a handicapped-accessible viewing area along the side of the road and stairs leading down to the river for a closer view. It is also possible to walk a little ways downstream along the river to view the falls from a different angle. Just use extreme caution as wet rocks can be very slippery and pose a serious hazard.

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    by jmpncsu Written Jan 8, 2015

    Cove Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Pisgah Forest area. The hike to the falls is about 2.5 miles round trip and very pleasant. From the parking area outside Cove Creek Group Camp, hike towards the camp on the gravel road. Note that Cove Creek Group Camp is a fee area for registered campers; others are allowed to hike in, but please stay on the trail and don't disturb campers. The gravel road follows Cove Creek to the campground and there are some pretty cascades along the creek in this section. As you approach the campground, get on the blue-blazed Caney Bottom Trail (#361) at the arch and soon turn right to stay on the trail. In about a half-mile, the trail splits. Bear left to get on Cove Creek Trail and go about another half mile to a small side trail. You should be able to hear the falls at this point as you're right at the top. Follow the side trail down to the base to view the waterfall.

    Cove Creek Falls Cascade on Cove Creek Fall Foliage on Caney Bottom Trail
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    by jmpncsu Updated Mar 15, 2013

    Hawg Wild is a great barbeque restaurant in in Pisgah Forest just outside of Brevard, NC. The restaurant offers both dine in and carry out options, and its open on Sundays, a good thing if you're looking for a good place to eat on the way out of town after a weekend in the mountains. And being a conservative area, finding places open on Sunday can be a challenge. They have both the western barbeque (tomato based) and eastern barbeque (vinegar based), and everything from BBQ sandwiches to pulled pork to rack of ribs. The prices are very reasonable and its a good place to go with the family.

    Favorite Dish: You can't go to a place called Hawg Wild and not get the barbeque. I prefer the eastern style (vinegar). They also have some good sides, including the corn nuggets that are like poppers with creamed corn on the inside.

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