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.

hiking
12 hours ago

This is our absolute favorite hike. It's challenging but the view is spectacular and in my opinion one of the best in the area. You can see the Blue Ridge Parkway in the distance and the overlook for Skinny Dip Falls trail (another favorite hike). I love the gradual uphill switchbacks that eventually turn into large rock boulders (and a helicopter pad for search and rescue) and then the terrain changes again as you reach the summit. The helicopter pad let's you know that you are about 2/3 the way up. Just before the vista, the trail goes down - don't be surprised by the downward slope ... just keep going! It's breathtaking! It's a continuous hike up - and then all down hill on the way back - which in my opinion was almost harder then the way up. Try to hike this trail midweek when it isn't so crowded. This is a bucket list hike for sure!

good work out close to home

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

e traveled to Brevard North Carolina from Buffalo NY for a hiking trip and this was an Amazing Hike!! The view at the Summit was breath taking, 100% worth the effort up! This is one I recommend when anyone hikes is Pisgah! The photos I took from the top does not do it justice!! This should be on everyone's bucket List

3 days ago

Fabulous view at top-- worth the effort. Advise to start early in day to avoid heat and crowds.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Great hike. A constant climb to the top. But worth it for the view.

There is a slight downslope to the lookout after you reach the bald summit. So don't turn around at the "top"!

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Lots of different kind of mushrooms. Well kept trail. Mostly
Shady so it didn't get too hot a little less then 4 hours hike depending on how long you spend at the top. View is absolutely breathtaking!

10 days ago

I adore this hike. The spectacular view at the top is what makes it. the hike up is pretty rooty and can be pretty hard on the knees coming down in my opinion, but it's worth it for that view. I always recommend this hike.

12 days ago

17 days ago

trail narrow at times and crowded but beautiful view at the end

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike, terrain was a little hard at times. Last part was very steep but the view was worth it! We took our kids ages 6, 9, and 10 and they did extremely well especially since this was their first long hike. The hikers on the trail were all extremely friendly encouraging folks to keep going. The only negative is that this app listed waterfalls as an activity but there are NO WATERFALLS. This was my first time using this app to find a hiking trail so next time I will have to read the reviews first.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Very fun hike with a classic North Carolina reward at the end. In-and-out with solid elevation gain and switchbacks. More trafficked during warmer times of year, but can't go wrong with this great hike. For vertigo-inclined hikers, beware of the top!