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.

5.3 miles
1689 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



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 hard work is worth it! Bring water!

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4 days ago

Wonderful hike. It had been raining & continued throughout the hike, but not heavy. This was my second time to the top & the view was awe-inspiring. I didn't pass anyone on the way up & I was alone at the top. There was a gentle rain & the wind was blowing through the valley, with just a few clouds floating below. The view was awesome. Needless to say, the hike was well worth my time. The climb was steep, and the trail is well marked. With the rain, the trail was slippery, but not terrible. Didn't fall at all. This is a great trail and I caught it on a perfect day.

6 days ago

The view at the top was great. The first 1/2-2/3 is relatively constant incline, but flat and well cleared and marked. The last 1/3 is more rocky and the more challenging and worth it.

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7 days ago

Pretty rigorous with a relatively constant incline. We finished the trail (out and back) in 3 hrs and 40 minutes. The view was spectacular and the air at the top was delightful.

Overestimate the amount of water you will need!! Trust us, especially if you're going in the summer you'll sweat out most of what you consume

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This was my first hike, and we made it up in an hour and a half. Steady slight incline until about last half mile where it goes straight up with root and rock steps. Peaceful trail. Camped up top overnight and enjoyed the sunset. The view is worth the hike!

Nice view at the top.

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26 days ago

Awesome hike up and awesome trail run back down. The view is phenomenal and worth every bit of the hike. The diffuclty rating is fair for the trek there, as the inclines are substantial (though not overly so), however gravity will do all the work for you on the way back down. This is a must for any Pisgah visitor.

27 days ago

Challenging hike for sure, the entire thing is uphill with plenty switch backs and rocky surfaces. The trail begins in a very beautiful forest of tall trees and a stream flowing through it, and tons of flowers decorating the path as you climb. Be prepared for a tough hike but the view at the end is hard to beat.

28 days ago