|along the Moore Cove Falls trail|
The hike to Moore Cove Falls was fairly uneventful. There was only one other vehicle in the parking area when we got there and we passed those folks coming back so we knew we'd have the waterfall to ourselves. It's a fairly easy hike of less than a mile, and passes through a very nice section of the forest. More info on the trail location can be found on my site here. Anyone that's been on this hike will recognize the large boulder along the trail in the above picture. We passed some frost heave at the first of the trail and I almost stopped for a picture. When we passed more of it and a large tree down over the trail, I had to stop.
|tree down in the trail|
There wasn't as much ice as I had hoped for, so we opted not to go behind the waterfall today and headed over to Little Moore Cove Falls instead. Most of the people that visit Moore Cove Falls have no idea that this waterfall is there. It's hidden back in the next cove over just a very short distance away. Little Moore Cove can first be seen from the old trail on the other side of the campsite, but there's a bit of a scramble to get over for a better view. There's a lot of clutter at the base of the falls that isn't going anywhere soon, but it's still a charming waterfall.
There were some nice icicles at this waterfall that were close enough down so we could shoot them. That's what Cindy is doing in the next shot, then a shot of the icicles below that.
After we left Little Moore Cove, we did some exploring up the trail. This trail isn't on any of the maps, but still has faded blue blazes indicating it was a used trail at some point in the past. It passes several smaller waterfalls along the unnamed creek Little Moore Cove Falls is on, then connects on to some older logging roads and then FR477. Below is some video from the 2 waterfalls.