Looking Glass Rock Trail

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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.3 miles 1735 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Brevard, NC: Travel US 276 northwest for approximately 5 miles, then turn left (toward the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education) just before Looking Glass Falls. The Looking Glass Rock Trailhead will be on the right.

1 day ago

Loved it! Perfect length and gorgeous view!

hiking
4 days ago

Pros: Excellent views and scenery, lush forests, wonderful day hike
Cons: Limited parking, steep grades and switchbacks
Recommendations: Trekking poles or hiking stick, plenty of water, sack lunch at moutain top

hiking
5 days ago

This trail is definitely difficult. Most of the time you are on a steep incline. I needed a break here and there. But, the end is worth the work. You know you are near the end when you start going down hill for a bit. The view is beyond words. Definitely a must do if you are in the Brevard, NC area. Approximately a 3 hour round trip.

5 days ago

Great trail! The hike is pretty steep but is well worth it! Great place at the top for pictures and a much needed break!

hiking
5 days ago

Very cool place, sunset is the best part! overall is a great hike, definitely will be coming back in the future!

hiking
11 days ago

Lots is up with this trail. The first mile is fairly mild. You then begin switchbacks which take you up to a few rock outcrops with no view. Don't give up, keep following the trail, and as you begin to go down, you get to the rock. Great views, and worth the climb.

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11 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

View from summit is somewhat limited - 180 degrees - but still amazing. Hike is long but good. Lots of trail traffic when I went in the fall.

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hiking
22 days ago

Steep, but the view worth it

hiking
25 days ago

The trail was in Great Shape, however I was not. I wouldn't say this trail was very difficult for somewhat regular hikers however if it's your first time hiking in a while you might want to consider another starting out.

26 days ago

Wonderful

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy trail. Hiked with my kids, 12 and 14 and we all thought it was a very straight forward trail. No difficult portions at all. Did the entire trip with stops for water and pictures in ~2:45. Great views at the top.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike! Dog friendly. Taxing on the lungs going up, taxing on the legs coming down. Some hiker by the name of 'Tincup' told us about the view from the helipad. This is just below the top, off trail, near a stone clearing (the helipad). This view was amazing. It was actually superior to the view at the summit. Don't miss it! Great fall hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The description of this trail says lightly traveled. Not the day we were there. On a nice October Sunday this trail was very crowded. Regardless the view is worth the efforts to get here. Lots of people congregate at the rock and there's plenty of room to spread out. There were rock climbers there the day we hiked this.

1 month ago

I wouldn't rate it as hard but at times it does seem never ending! We loved the trail and the view from the top! I would definitely do it again, just not on a Saturday in October!! It was packed!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely not for beginner hikers. The trail leading to the top was ok, but pretty monotonous. The view was amazing, however.