Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina

Looking Glass Falls in March 2009

Looking Glass Falls just so happens to be one of my favorite waterfalls in North Carolina, though there are a number of other equally impressive falls in the state. Looking Glass Falls is found in Pisgah National Forest in the waterfall-infested Transylvania County. The first plus is that is very easy to visit, being found right off of US-276. The drive to the falls is amazingly beautiful, even in the time just before spring.

Once you get to the falls, you have two options. The first option is to view the falls without much effort. It is disability accessible when not going to the base. Even from this viewpoint, it’s impressive. If you have the option of heading down the base, you definitely should. From here, you can get some great shots of the falls. The rock hanging to the upper right of the falls is uniquely interesting, and the shadows that form on the falls make this a gem.

Directions:

  1. From Brevard, drive north on US-276.
  2. After about 5.5 miles you’ll pass the pullout/parking for Looking Glass Falls.
  3. Pull off on the right, park, and head to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: negligible (essentially roadside)

Where in the World is Looking Glass Falls?

Moore Cove Falls, North Carolina

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Moore Cove Falls in March 2009

Moore Cove Falls is a cute little waterfall. It’s just overshadowed by other waterfalls that are much larger and showier that can be found in the vicinity. The much larger Looking Glass Falls is very close by. Still, if you’re in Transylvania County looking for waterfalls, Moore Cove Falls is a good choice to stop and visit. It’s easy to visit and the hike to the falls is quick, fun, and not too strenuous.

And as I’m writing this, I’ve discovered there’s another smaller waterfall along the same trail to Moore Cove Falls, just a ways further…somebody’s decided to call it Little Moore Cove Falls.

Directions:

  1. From Brevard, drive north on US-276.
  2. After about 5.5 miles you’ll pass the pullout/parking for Looking Glass Falls. About a mile past that pullout is the parking for Moore Cove Falls.
  3. There will be a wooden information sign on the right side of the road indicating the beginning of the trail. If you go over the bridge that is right near there, you’ve gone too far.
  4. From the trail head, enjoy the fun trail to the falls!

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Moore Cove Falls?

Cathey’s Creek Falls, North Carolina

Cathey’s Creek Falls wasn’t impossible to find, just very tricky. For much of the way to the falls, you’re driving along a single-lane, dirt National Forest Road. It’s very curvy and inclined, so you have to drive at a pretty slow speed. This is the type of road that tends to stress me out, and I could feel its effects. You’re out in what seems like the middle of nowhere, and for most of the journey, there’s no real place to turn around. It can be very unnerving! In order to find the falls, I actually had to LISTEN for the falling water, as the falls are completely blocked from view on the road. Once you pull of the road, try to find the rather inconspicuous and steep trail down to the falls.

Cathey’s Creek Falls as a waterfall is actually very beautiful. Surrounded by rhododendrons, it was really a impressive view. Once you’re done visiting the falls, drive just a little bit further uphill, and if I remember correctly, there will be a bridge with an area that allows for easy turn around. Knowing there’s a place to do this beforehand may relieve some of the stress and allow more enjoyment at the falls!

Directions:

  1. From Brevard, drive west on Route 64 for about 3 miles.
  2. Turn onto Cathey’s Creek Road. The road splits: head to the left. Keep driving.
  3. When you reach the water treatment plant, keep going straight onto Forest Road 471.
  4. Now you begin your climb up the mountain/hill. You will drive for about 2 more miles on FR471. Pay attention for a “pull-off” that will be on your right. It is NOT clearly marked. If I remember correctly, if you pass the pull-off and continue on, you will reach a bridge that crosses the creek. You can turn around there, and backtrack to the pull-off.
  5. Try to find the trail that descends down to the creek. It is somewhat steep, which wasn’t too bad. The trail was not very firm, though, as there was a lot of mud that kept shifting. The trail is very short, though.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 40′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

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Cathey’s Creek Falls in March 2009

Where in the World is Cathey’s Creek Falls?