Mooney Falls

Height: 20 feet
Trail Type: Dirt
Hike Distance: 0.3 miles round trip
Difficulty: 6
Beauty: 5

Overview:

The trail to Mooney Falls a short, relatively easy hike and there aren’t a lot of hoops to jump through to get to it. That being said, unless you’re camping at Standing Indian Campground or any of the other nearby campsites, there’s no real reason to make a special trip to see the falls. It’s not even on the way to any other falls. That being said, if you must see it, you’ll be rewarded with an up close view of a pretty powerful falls thundering down a jagged rock ledge.

Directions:

From the intersection where US 64 continues west and US 441/US 23 go south, continue on US 64 west for 11.9 miles and turn right onto W. Old Murphy Road. Drive another 1.9 miles and turn right onto FR 67. After 1.7 miles, the road forks. Take the left fork and drive 5.8 miles on the gravel road to the sign for the Mooney Falls Trail.

Hike Description:

The trail quickly descends down the ridge via a few switchbacks. Eventually, you’ll come to a T-junction. Going left takes you to a view of the top, but the rhododendron and fallen trees around the falls are so thick that you can’t really see anything. Go right, which takes you down to the base for a wider view.