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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,729 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

This is a great hike with a steady climb. There are only a few points where things get a little technical, but wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing - find a spot to sit down and enjoy the view. NOTE: Users have reported that parking on the dirt road next to the trailhead will result in a fine.

This is a popular trail, with a wide paved parking area and a large Forest Service sign identifying it as Looking Glass Rock Trailhead.

Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District. District Ranger, Derek Ibarguen 1001 Pisgah Highway Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 (828) 877-3265 Visitors Center website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/outdoorlearning/recarea/?recid=48154&actid=120

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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Katie D.
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Hiking

One of the best views in Pisgah. Well worth the work.

Patrick Spliedt
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The trail is a medium difficulty for the experienced explorer. The trail has a long series of compact switchbacks during the mid-point of trail, followed by somewhat steep step-like areas until you reach the peak. Then just go down the chute for about 5 minutes and you will have an awesome backdrop on the rock face.

Isaac Herrenbruck
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Sandy Heydt
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Great trail and wonderful vista at the end, but the last part is difficult not moderate. Lots of elevation and tree trucks. Just be ready!

Stephanie Winton
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Hiking

Pretty trail that ends in a spectacular overlook. Enjoyed this moderate hike and the beautiful greenery.

Megan Ward
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HikingRocky

Went early so avoided the crowd and the heat, was worth the view.

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Jash Gulabrai
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Hiking

Trail was in great condition and was dry most of the way up (round trip is closer to about 6.5 miles). The hike up is moderate and up-hill most of the way. It will get your heart pumping, but overall it’s very do-able. The view at the top is absolutely worth the hike. The hike back down goes by quick!

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Sarah Niekamp
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Hiking

The views from the cliff were amazing! However, the round trip was closer to 6.5-7 miles than the 5.7 miles listed.

Liam Hirapara
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HikingMuddy

Pretty strenuous trail at the beginning for a few mins, until you reach the roots section (which wasn’t that hard) and then there’s great views at the top. The way down is extremely easy.

Helen Turner
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Hiking

This hike got our hearts pumping, but was not too difficult. The view at the end was every bit worth it! A great place to pack a picnic. Took us about 1.5 hours to summit and a little less to descend. This trail was fairly busy, but it was July 4th.

Chris P.
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Hiking

Amazing view from the cliff. Well worth the hike. A lot of beauty on the way to the top too. Limited parking which is good or this trail would get overcrowded.

Presley Grooms
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Hiking

Trail was in good shape. Starts off with a switchback climb, then turns into a rooty, tight ascend towards the end. Hiked it with my dog.

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Liam Hirapara
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HikingMuddy

A little steep for the first mile or so, but then the trail gets really nice. Great views from the top, and the way down was super easy. Completed the downhill in the pitch black darkness, and came out unscathed.

Jeb Barton
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My girlfriend and I hiked this trail this morning. It is a wonderful trail. Shaded the entire time. Mostly gradual slope with some intermittent steep inclines. Views at the top were wonderful. Not too crowded and lots of space at the top to relax and take in the views. Took us 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down with 30 minutes at the top. A totally worthwhile hike !

Heather Webb
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Hiking

it's a great hike, but the summer humidity makes it seem harder. This would be better in Fall/Winter to cut down on humidity and bugs. View is beautiful and is a perfect place to take lunch and a book to relax a while.

Alex McCollum
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Hiking

The view is absolutely amazing, probably top 10 views I’ve ever seen. BUT, it is one heck of a hike to get to. A little further past the half-way marker, the trail becomes more like walking up a water run-off creek. I enjoyed it, but was exhausted afterwards lol

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Adam Brower
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Loved it! Mostly uphill to get to the overlook but very manageable... And, the better news, all downhill coming back! Be careful with kids at the top because there are drops of around 500 feet at the end of a steep, steep grade. Beautiful views, however.

Naji Basma
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Hiking

The view is definitely worth the hike!

Laura Key
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HikingGreat!

Had a great time on this hike! We thought it might be too busy given it was a Sunday, but we actually got there later (around 2PM) and we’re able to park right at the trailhead. It took our family (kids age 12,11 and 9) just over an hour to get to the top. To be fair, we usually push the tempo on the way up and take our time a bit more on the way down. The view was amazing! And it was cool for them to have seen Looking Glass Rock from the overlook and then in person. It’s definitely a steep drop off and a rock face at the top, we didn’t push it with seeing how close we could get to the edge. It was a great family hike, not too long/challenging and great payoff at the top. Plus, we saw a bear, which is always fun!

Ed Thomas
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HikingMuddy

About 3 hours out and back with kids. Pretty crowded but great views from the summit.

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Bonnie Glenn
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Highly recommend this trail. Moderate is a fair rating. Very muddy and rocky. Unfortunately a lot of erosion that has been aided by hiker short-cuts. (please don't do that)...but the view at the top is spectacular. Hiked with my dog...rather slowly..and it took 3.5 hours in total, including a 30 minute lunch at the top. Enjoy, it's a good one. oh...it's shady!

Lindsay Wilkinson
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail is an uphill climb, and is definitely NOT a moderate trail in comparison to many other trails we’ve done in the area. We are a fit crew, and it is a difficult constant uphill climb over fairly muddy conditions. The views are well worth it so keep climbing! The end is gorgeous, but it sits on a slanted rock cliff, so not a family friendly hike and was difficult with our dog (though she’s a puppy still). Would recommend this trail, but go knowing it is a hard slog uphill especially in the humidity.

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Michele Niles
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Made it to the first overlook and back in 2 hours 5 minutes!

Andrew Sklover
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HikingMuddy

A wonderful trail - nice and shady almost the whole way - with a terrific reward - amazing views - at the top. Moderate rating is appropriate.

Gopichand Movva
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definitely worth the view! the hike is steep up to the peak.. it was little muddy but manageable

William Shannan Seelmann
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HikingMuddy

The rewarding view at the peak of this trail is worth the hike, even in a downpour! I felt like we hiked straight uphill through a river... then again downhill. Fortunately the weather allowed us the privilege of sunshine and a gorgeous view at the top!

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