Riley Moore Falls
11-6-18 Riley Moore Falls is only 12' high, but is on a very scenic section of the Chauga River. The falls spans the entire width of the river and is considered a Class V1 whitewater rapid. The excellent swimming hole and sandy beach area probably make this a very popular spot during the summer months. I say probably because I haven't been here during that time period. For most folks, the easy to moderate hike is 1.2 miles one way, dropping almost 400' in elevation. If you have a high clearance 4x4, you can drive the first 0.5 miles and park right at the trail head. I'm ashamed to admit it, but this is the first and only time I have visited this waterfall. It's an excellent area for fall color and the hike looks like it would be a good one for spring wildflowers, so we're already thinking about a return trip next April.
Directions: From Westminster, drive west on US76 for 7.4 miles and turn right on to Cobb Bridge Rd. You will pass the left turn for Ramsey Creek Falls in Chau Ram County Park at 2.5 miles, then the closer end of Cobb Bridge Rd, but you'll probably make better time continuing up 76. Once you take the second right for Cobb Bridge Rd, drive 1.4 miles and turn left on the gravel Spy Rock Rd (FS748). Drive another 1.8 miles on this well maintained gravel road, and look for FS748C on the right. If you don't intend to drive down this road to the trail head, park here without blocking the road.
Begin the hike on FS748C and follow it steadily downhill for 0.5 miles. The road ends at a small circular parking area and the official trail head for the waterfall. The trail continues slightly downhill for another 0.7 miles and ends at the waterfall. The first view of the waterfall is a side shot shown in the next photo. The trail then drops down a short steep bank and continues on towards the beach area. We visited right after some heavy rain, so the waterfall had more water than normal.
Below is a video from our early November 2018 visit that also includes Ramsey Creek Falls and Reedy Branch Falls.
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