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, North Carolina 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.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1689 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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

Such a great hike! It will make you sweat a good bit but it's an hour to an hour and half up and the about the same time down!

4 days ago

Is there a spot to camp along this trail or another good spot in the area ?

hiking
5 days ago

loved this hike, the trip is worth the trip up. My GPS measured 5.7 miles up and back, I would call this a Moderate hike and not really hard, it will get your heart rate up and it's pretty much all up hill till you reach the top. The switchbacks really ease the steepness a lot. The view are some of the best around here.

12 days ago

The view is worth the up hill switchbacks that seem to be never ending.

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18 days ago

Moderate hike up with numerous switchbacks. The last quarter or so is steep and rocky but the view at the top is worth it. We recorded the hike at a little over 6 miles instead of the 5.3 listed.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing view with great places to sit and snack

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21 days ago

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24 days ago

Nice trail. Pretty crowded with people, kids and dogs. The highlight is clearly at the top/end - great view and a nice place to sit and relax a bit.

hiking
28 days ago

Great payoff for a steady, moderate climb. Trail got very crowded mid-day when we were on the way down. Be careful clambering around at the summit, which is steep and can be slippery in spots.

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backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail enjoyed the hike. Can be tough at times with a heavy pack and limited camping spots available. Watch for quick storms passing. Once heavy rain hits the higher elevation trails turn into fast flowing streams with 8-10" potholes in the rockier areas of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent day hike. Easy hike for almost any healthy individual. Trail is not straight up, but accends using switchback trails. View from the top is amazing and a great place to picnic.

hiking
1 month ago

A awesome but extremly difficult trail. It keeps going up! Bring plenty of water and be im decent physical shape before attempting. There is alot of switchbacks and then it narrows just over halfway up and has some rock scrambling and lots of roots to trip over. You'll think you are close to the summit, but you're not. Once to the top, the view is extraordinary. I've climbed 14ers in Colorado and this trails view rates right up there with any 14er.