Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,729 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRock climbingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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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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Hayes Ells
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so beautiful!!!

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Fern B
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HikingIcyMuddy

Great views at the top, and definitely a busy trail.

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Sarah Rohloff
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HikingMuddy

Absolutely beautiful at the top. Pretty tough going up but well worth the views!

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Christine Storms
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Moderately strenuous, but so worth it!!! Breathtaking view at the top. Took us about 5 hours round trip. Lovely trail!

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Alexandra Kramer
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful views at the top, relatively popular trail, first part was muddy

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Kira Gurganus
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Super muddy but still a great hike! Quite crowded especially at the top on weekends.

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Caitlin White
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HikingIcy

Really icy out there yesterday. There were several spots that people were slipping and sliding down. I would avoid this trail if you aren’t experienced because of the ice.

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Kate Witten
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HikingIcy

Trail super easy to follow but it was icy, windy, and snowing at the top which made it pretty dramatic. Took us just under 3 hours round trip.

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Alex Whitaker
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnowWashed out

Went early morning and avoided crowds. On our way back down we passed tons of people going up. Some slick sections, gonna be muddy later, the wife and I almost bought the farm on some ice. Cloudy up top but we caught a moment when the sun just broke through and it was beautiful.

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Lisel Whitaker
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Moderate. Beautiful. Slick.

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Lauren Falduti
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Meh. It was fine but not amazing.

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Bonnie Bloom
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HikingIcyMuddy

nice clear sunny day out there, most of the snow melted, very muddy, still some ice. as we were leaving, emergency vehicles started arriving. I guess someone we passed on the trail had a slip and fall. be careful out there, folks!

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Boe Baker
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Chase Hochstetler
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Beautiful hike, although it is very muddy bring a change of shoes for the car ride home!

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Mark Anthony
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Neringa Stankevičiūtė
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Snow, ice, and LOTS of mud out there today. Pretty difficult even with boots and trekking poles. Will have to come back when the conditions are better because it was too icy to explore at the top.

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Samantha Trueman
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Nice views of the BRP. Very slippery right now

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kait moseder
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HikingMuddyRocky

very mucky towards the top! we wore boots so no issues! the pup enjoyed herself as well

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Jess Boersma
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