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Photo Journal: Pisgah Waterfalls in Winter
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Photo Journal: Pisgah Waterfalls in Winter

I visited four of the waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest in December and January. I thought I’d share a quick Photo Journal that might inspire you to visit (or visit again).

Looking Glass Falls

Just a quick stop on the side of Pisgah Highway, you can go down a couple sets of stairs to find Looking Glass Falls tucked into the trees and rocks. You’ll likely get some ice at the base of the falls that makes for unique photo ops.

Moore Cove Falls

For a longer hike (1.2mi round trip) that's still easy, check out Moore Cove Falls. It's more of a summer spot as you can walk under the fall's underhang, but it's a peaceful stop during winter as there's fewer people. You can sit on an old fallen tree by the fall's runoff and take in the waterfall and rocky amphitheater in front of you.

High Falls & Triple Falls

(High Falls)

The trail leading down to both High and Triple Falls will take you to some of the best views of either fall. However, there is a trail that takes you up to an old wooden bridge at the top of High Falls. I haven't done it yet, but it's on my todo list upon my next visit.

(Triple Falls)

The trail loop is about 1 mile with many elevation changes. While it’ll challenge your quads, it’s a moderate, but pleasant, trek as it parallels the Little River.

Once you reach the base of Triple Falls’ runoff, you can take a quick detour to go off the beaten path. By following the rocky shoreline upstream, you can get to the actual base of Triple Falls. Along the way, you’ll occasionally run into people fishing.

If you’ve got a clear sky, you might be able to capture some reflections of the sky in little pools in front of the base as well.

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If you’re driving from Charlotte, it’s about a 2.5 hour drive. You'll be driving through parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you're in for winding roads with dramatic fog or breaks in the trees for scenic vistas.

— Mark