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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,729 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble
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This is a great hike with a steady climb. There are only a few points where things get a little technical, but wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing - find a spot to sit down and enjoy the view. NOTE: Users have reported that parking on the dirt road next to the trailhead will result in a fine.

This is a popular trail, with a wide paved parking area and a large Forest Service sign identifying it as Looking Glass Rock Trailhead.

Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District. District Ranger, Derek Ibarguen 1001 Pisgah Highway Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 (828) 877-3265 Visitors Center website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/outdoorlearning/recarea/?recid=48154&actid=120

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.

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Jen Jordan
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Bailey F
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Moderate-difficult hike with a fantastic view at the end! Easy trail to follow with enough elevation to get your heart pumping on the way up.

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Eric Best
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Awesome.

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Tom Deal
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First two thirds are overall moderate but the last stretch includes some rocky and washed out sections that get more difficult and technical. There were a number of water sources along the way to help our pup hiking buddy stay hydrated. The top was a bit crowded for a Monday but an awesome spot to rest after the climb. As typical for a popular trail, parking can get tricky.

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Sara Dodson
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Scott Wilson
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Excellent hike. All uphill reasonably traversed. No all fours climbing. Short downhill hike before the top. We left around 2:00. People were completing and getting parking spots opened up. Sun was in in front of us at the top. Not too crowded because most people started early and had completed the trip or were coming down. Only 10 or so folk at the top. We got to the car at sunset. We hiked slowly both up and down.

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Justin Emanuel
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Jeff Karmilovich
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Justin Emanuel
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Lorie Chambers
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Amy Cross
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Angela Vandegrift
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Matthew Absher
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Great hike. Crowded. Saw an eastern diamond back. 4.5/5

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Robert Persely
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HikingMuddy

there is some big erosion on the trail, best to bring hiking sticks.

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Kimmy Meyers
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The first 1/3 was pretty easy, clear path, open and pretty. The next 1/3 was a little more difficult with lots of switch backs that gets your heart pumping. The last 1/3 is the slightly confusing part. There’s a few spots you can go off the trail to another lookout I think but I got lost looking for it. So I just went back to the main trail. Overall it was a pretty view and lots of hikers. Probably one of, or the most, popular trail around Brevard. But it was a good workout and pretty view at the top which is what I wanted!

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Michael Johnson
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Great workout-hike since it is only uphill for an hour or so. Path is partly washed out and there were many people coming down as I went for sunset and I was enjoying it all by myself! Fantastic views! Make sure wearing good hiking boots and also bring a headlamp when going down in the dark! Poles are a big bonus to have on this hike.

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Kayla Lambert
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Beautiful view at the end. Not the prettiest trail until the view is reached but SO worth it. Arrive early- gets very busy in the afternoon. Would be muddy if recently rained, trail has several washed out portions.

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Jonathan Lovelace
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Honestly, I was expecting a bit more. It’s a great view but it’s only at the end of the 3 miles trek. There are about three places to camp on top but no water sources. It was worth doing.

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Michael Audet
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great hike in Oct. Saw the beginnings of leaf change. Uphill is tough but worth it.

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Christina Willis
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Ryan P
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Sort of disappointing to see the “lower lookout” gps location on here. Not that I don’t want to share this beauty, but even when this trail was super crowded that was the one place to go that was quiet with a special view. It was extremely crowded today. The only real struggle on this trail is that you traverse upward for a majority of the time. Boots aren’t necessary in my opinion and it’s clear cut up to the top, but that’s up to you. Please, with this trail and all the others people go on because they found them on here, please pack out what you pack in.

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Chris Skocik
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Great trail. Very crowded with allot of well behaved dogs. Beautiful vistas and great place to stop for lunch at the top

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Gena Greene
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Pretty crowded today- hard to find parking but so worth the hike. Wear boots and bring poles for the way down.

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Kevin Callahan
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A little muddy at times but a great trail overall.

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Tara Lynn
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Beautiful views at the top! The trail was extremely crowded - more than I would have expected. Still a wonderful time, but not the trail to choose if you want to truly social distance. Hiking boots are a must - I can’t imagine doing this in sneakers without feeling super unstable.

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