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.

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The trail itself is progressively harder, flat, then switchbacks, then more stair stepping, which helped me manage my energy. the view once you get there is great. even found a spot to hang a hammock off to the right. will def hike again.

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1 day ago

Amazing view!

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2 days ago

Amazing views. Recommend getting there early on the weekend to beat the crowd. Parked at 9am and had a really great hike. Highly recommend.

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3 days ago

Challenging but well worth the view!

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4 days ago

I hiked this trail this past Tuesday, which was the day after a cold front moved through the area. The weather was perfect! Clear blue skies, some color change, low humidity, cool air.

I got to the trailhead about 1045am and the lot was already full so I had to park along the road. The trail was really busy given the pleasant weather. The trail begins fairly flat for about a half mile maybe before you begin ascending up the switchbacks which are challenging but not overly strenuous. This continues until you reach about the first mile. Then there is some recovery but another final ascent (maybe lasting another mile) which is fairly steep and challenging. But again, nothing overly strenuous in my opinion. The end of the trail actually briefly descends before opening up to the summit/overlook.

The view itself is absolutely gorgeous. I've hiked many trail across the Southeast and this one offers one of the best summit views. Great 180 degree view of the Mountains. The overlook itself is sloped but unless you're being careless it's nothing to worry about.

I highly recommend this hike, Lots of other friendly hikers to make you comfortable throughout. A good 5.5-6 mile hike that can easily be completed in a day. Took me maybe an hour and a half to summit and maybe 45 minutes to come down

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8 days ago

Definitely strenuous hike but nothing too difficult for casual hiker. Awesome at the top.

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9 days ago

Difficult trail with an amazing view that you definitely have to earn!

9 days ago

Great hike enjoyed our 11th anniversary on this hike. Strenuous but fine and the view at top is worth it. Took about 1:15 to get to the top at a medium pace.

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11 days ago

This is a solid trail with a wonderful reward. The first section is wooded and expansive, rather easy-going. Next, there are many switchbacks that elevate you rather quickly, so make sure to have water. After that, the trail slopes here and there. Some parts of the trail may be muddy. At a constant and brisk pace you can reach the top of the rock in around 1:15 hours.

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11 days ago

It was quite the hike! I didn't realize just how long of a hike it would be. It took me 2 hrs to hike to the top from the parking area, and that was at a slow/medium pace, and about 1.25 hrs coming down at a quicker pace. But a wonderful view at the top which was well worth it. I pulled out my Eno at the top and just relaxed for a bit and enjoyed the view. However, be careful at the lookout, it's very steep and there is no railing to catch you