Looking Glass Rock Trail

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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 5 mile moderately 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1676 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

My first solo hike. Literally took my breath away when I made it to the top.

2 days ago

Amazing view!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome challenging trail with a great view at the top. Afterwards you can soak it out in the river!

6 days ago

Great hike. It’s more like a 6 mile hike and gets steep in the last .8 miles up. So worth the climb for this amazing view. Went on a Wednesday in June around noon and only handful of people there, which made it really nice.

beautiful

nature trips
9 days ago

Hiked this beautiful trail through the week to avoid the crowds. The first 1~1.5 miles were really quite easy with well maintained switchbacks and then became more challenging near the top. Be careful I spotted a few rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the rocks and although the sunburn overlook is stunning it’s really slick with just a little rain/dew.

hiking
11 days ago

My daughter and I hike this tail this past weekend, Saturday June 9, 2018. This trail is 3.1 miles to the top, 6.2 miles round trip and is difficult. There are 23 swtichbacks, after the last switchback the trail gets easier but is still tough. The trail is heavily forest, lots of mountain Laurel with canopy the entire trail until you reach the top. The views are stunning at the top!!

hiking
22 days ago

Went on a misty and rainy day and even with the weather it was awesome. If you do go during the wet season waterproof boots are a must as the rain water shoots right down the mountain and turns parts of the trail into a literal stream. We were pretty prepared for it and it actually made the hike really fun. Trail is well maintained as well.

Would hike again!

22 days ago

This was a great hike. We went on an overcast March day so the heat wasn't an issue. It's strenuous but the view is worth it. It's not a hike I'd take small children on.

hiking
24 days ago

The view is absolutely stunning from atop the dome. The hike is difficult, but much worth the stain.

29 days ago

Great hike! It was wonderful hike! The waterfall however isn’t on the trail, it’s on the road. Such an amazing view at the end. You’re walking through a dense forest of white oaks, ferns, magnolia trees, and red maples, then all of the sudden it just opens up to an amazing view of the near by blue ridge mountains. Say a while and enjoy the breeze and maybe a slight rain shower.

hiking
29 days ago

Absolutely beautiful view makes this hike well worth it! Like others, clocked this at around 6 miles, not the 5 advertised. A fair amount of switchbacks going uphill and the last 1 mile has some steep patches for moderate hikers. My husband had torn a muscle in his leg the week before and found this challenging but not impossible. Loved this hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

1.) we got to the trail head at 8 am and were the only car in the lot. When we got back 4 hours later, the lot was completely full and there were cars dangerously parked all along the side of the curvy roads
2.) my watch said 6.4, all trails says 5.5, and my girlfriend's all trails say 5.3 miles. No matter what, it's definitely longer than 5.0 miles so be prepared.
About 21 switch backs if we counted correctly.
3.) Since we got there early, we were the first ones up. We enjoyed our peace and quiet for about 30-45 min when a swarm of people made it to the top.
3.) If you're taking your dog, please be responsible and make sure your dog can handle it. We saw several dogs over heating on the way down.
4.) there were an unbelievable amount of people who had absolutely no gear or preparation or water for the 6 mile hike. On top of that we passed someone SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Unreal. Please respect nature and the reason we're out there people!
Would have given a 4 out of 5 but not for the traffic and the people.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a strenuous hike, but it is very well worth it. There is an incredible view at the end and lots of beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

1 month ago

I must have hit this trail before the crowds started for the season. It was a perfect May evening. We hiked up with packs and landed one of the only three campsites that I saw. This site was about 100ft. from the lookout and the incredible sunset on the lookout made the strenuous hike up completely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

6.2 miles, round trip. The last mile before the peak is the toughest. Nice hike. SImilar to Stone Mtn NC when you hit the top...just not as much real estate. The trail peaks, then you have to hike back down before you hit the viewing rock face.

1 month ago

Hard hike but so worth the views!! Spend some time on the top, it only takes about 30mins to climb back down.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great workout, bring lots of water. The view is fantastic. Be careful on the rockface. Mileage is more like 6.5 not sure where alltrails came up w 5.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike with our family we have ages 17 to 55. . The trail was super clear and plenty of room to walk. Took us about an hour and a half to make it to the top and there was basically no views during the hike up . There is a helicopter landing close to the top on the left-hand side about 28 minutes before you arrive. Seem to be not so bad of a hike if you are in good cardio shape. One of my sons anteloped it all the way to the top 15 minutes before we are arrived after he grew tired of waiting on mom. With that said there was a little vegetation for us to chitchat about of the way up perhaps due to the season . But when we arrived at the top it is breathtaking. It is a very special and beautiful and we even got to see a couple getting engaged how awesome is that. Don’t want to get too close to the edge however And the view at first glance is truly dizzying. We too were celebrating a special event our daughter turning 35. Blessed
May the force be with you:)
May 4th 2018

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike with an even more incredible view. We are not avid hikers, but two moderately fit people and this hike was the perfect challenge for us. It was difficult towards the top but definitely doable if you’re up for a little challenge. The view at the stop was stunning, we stayed with some snacks and a hammock for about an hour. We did the hike on a Tuesday afternoon in the beginning of May and had the whole thing to ourselves! Highly recommend this hike! We will be doing it agin on our next trip to North Carolina.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view!

1 month ago

Be prepared for "are we there yet" questions. Good luck not asking anyone how close to the top you are. The hike itself isn't that tough, just longer than you realize. After a few false hope finishes, you will get to the top and feel like you just found the portal to middle Earth. Extremely rewarding view. Just remember, you have to go back down...finishing the hike back down is the most satisfying.

hiking
2 months ago

I got to the trailhead just before noon on a Thursday so it wasn't very crowded at all (I saw hardly anyone coming back down). It was in the low 60s with a good breeze which was nice to keep from getting too hot. The first half or so is full of switchbacks and a steady uphill climb, though like others have said it's more moderate than hard. If you're not an experienced hiker and want a good test of your fitness level then this is a great choice. The view at the top is incredible and well worth the trip. It can get incredibly windy up there and the rocky endpoint of the trail is very steep so watch your step.

hiking
2 months ago

The Looking Glass Rock trail is very popular and is advertised in local tourism magazines. The parking lot at 35*17.411'N and 082* 46.631'W holds no more than 10-11 cars. On an April weekday morning I was first at sunrise and the lot was packed when I got back down... so go early. The climb is scenic and goes up countless switchbacks so there is no place that is steep, but it's a lot of uphill. Near the top is a helipad at 35* 17.945'N and 082* 47.328'W that is right next to the trail. Next you'll reach the summit, which is an open, sandy clearing. Go beyond the summit and descend a ways to reach the viewing area at 35* 18.262'N and 082* 47.680'W. The viewing area is steep with no fence or barricade so watch the younger kids!. Due to an abundance of rocks and roots at the higher parts of the trail, boots are advised. And you'll also want the extra traction on the rock face. The view is exceptional and gives a 180* panorama to the west. For the classic view of Looking Glass Rock as you leave, turn left onto US 276 and go 5 minutes up the road to the Looking Glass Falls and take pictures then continue up the hill to the Blue Grass Parkway, turn left, and go to MP417. There is a designated pull-off and other nice views of Looking Glass Rock nearby.

2 months ago

No waterfall on the trail to the top, but the view from the top is gorgeous! Looks up at the parkway and black balsom area.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view at the top. Well worth the strenuous hike up.

hiking
2 months ago

What an incredible day. Mild temps (60-70’s) and sunny. Went during the week, so the trail was empty the majority of the way there and back. The view was remarkable and the hike was challenging in some areas but definitely doable. One of the best hikes I’ve been on.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with a breathtaking view at the mid point. Not an easy hike but worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Very fun trail, 1:15 up and and 1:10 down for two able-bodied 28 year-olds. Down took longer than expected because it was just about noon and there were more groups on the trail.

We got there at about 9:45 and there was only one other car in the parking lot. By the time we got back at 12:30, the lot was overflowing.

Very well marked trail! Great views at the top. A little tricky at times with rocks and roots, but not bad. Do not go careening off the side of the Rock and die, please.

Somehow when I was a camper we did this hike in 3 days (???).

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike with our two kids, ages 8 and 11. It took about 1.5 hours to the top, views were amazing. It took a little less than an hour to return. Not an overly crowded trail.

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