Visit Looking Glass Falls in NC where you can see the Backside of Water

Discovering the Magic of Brevard’s Dual Waterfall Adventure: Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls

Day Trips, Hiking, Waterfalls By Sep 12, 2023 No Comments
Visit Looking Glass Falls in NC where you can see the Backside of Water

Discovering the Magic of Brevard’s Dual Waterfall Adventure: Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls

Our friend Linette recently had the chance to visit Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls in Brevard NC. While visiting she found an interesting reference many Disney Addicts, like myself will understand.

Read on for more…

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Discovering the Magic of Brevard’s Dual Waterfall Adventure: Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls

Hidden within the enchanting forests of Brevard, North Carolina, lie two natural wonders that rival the magic of any Disney adventure: Looking Glass Falls and the hidden gem, Moore Cove Falls. As you explore these breathtaking destinations, you’ll have the chance to experience the beauty of nature in all its glory, including a whimsical Disney reference that allows you to witness the “Backside of Water.”

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Looking Glass Falls: A Mirror to Nature’s Beauty

Looking Glass Falls, nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Named after the unique, mirror-like appearance of the water as it cascades gracefully down the rock face, the falls stand at an impressive 60 feet tall. The sight of crystal-clear water gushing over the smooth rocks creates a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere that beckons nature enthusiasts, photographers, and families seeking adventure.

As you approach the falls, you’ll be welcomed by the gentle roar of cascading water, a sound that immediately transports you to a world of tranquility. The viewing area is easily accessible, making it a perfect destination for visitors of all ages and abilities. For those seeking a more immersive experience, there’s even an opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the cool mountain waters at the base of the falls.

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Moore Cove Falls: A Hidden Jewel Waiting to Be Discovered

Near the popular Looking Glass Falls is the hidden jewel of Moore Cove Falls, a delightful waterfall that offers a different kind of enchantment. The hike to Moore Cove Falls is a pleasant trek through lush forests, and at just under a mile round trip, it’s accessible to most hikers. The reward at the end of the trail is the stunning Moore Cove Falls, which drops gracefully from a massive rock ledge.

Please note there are no signs on the highway for Moore Cove, but there is an information board by the parking area this way you will know you are in the right spot.

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What sets Moore Cove Falls apart is the opportunity to see nature’s version of the “Backside of Water.” Disney fans might recall this phrase as a whimsical reference made during the classic Jungle Cruise attraction at Disney theme parks. While you won’t need a boat for this adventure, you can experience the wonder of standing behind the falls and witnessing the curtain of water as it plunges gracefully into the pool below.

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A Dual Waterfall Adventure

Exploring these two waterfalls offers a complete immersion into the natural beauty of Pisgah National Forest. After marveling at Looking Glass Falls and experiencing the thrill of seeing the “Backside of Water” at Moore Cove Falls, you can also enjoy a picnic in the nearby areas, which provide perfect spots to relax and savor the moment.

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For photographers, both falls present a dreamlike canvas for capturing the essence of nature’s beauty. The play of light and shadows on the water, the vibrant greenery, and the ever-changing seasons create a photographic paradise.

Before you embark on your journey to these twin waterfalls, remember to check the weather conditions, be prepared for the hikes, and respect the natural environment by adhering to safety guidelines posted in the area.

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In the heart of Brevard, North Carolina, this dual waterfall adventure offers a magical escape into the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re drawn by the serene beauty of Looking Glass Falls, the thrill of experiencing the “Backside of Water” at Moore Cove Falls, or the chance to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, this enchanting destination is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of your own adventure, one that rivals even the most fantastical Disney tales.

Special thank you to our good friend Linette for sharing these wonderful photos of Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls with us!


Chip was born in PA, grew up in Florida and moved to North Carolina in his early 20's. NC is now his home and he enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors. Follow along for all of his adventures!

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