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Looking Glass Waterfalls is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 36 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Paved Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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A short, family-friendly walk to Looking Glass Falls. Many people wade and swim in the pool below. Accessibility: This trail is short and paved but steep (average 6% grade). It is typically at least three feet wide. A short flight of stairs is required to go all the way to the Falls observation deck at the end but there is a nice view from the parking lot and sidewalk as well.

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Andrew Donatelli
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WalkingGreat!
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Jordan Petersen
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Crowded, but gorgeous. Still possible to get good pics for the gram!

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Blythey1 B
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Walking

Park on the shoulder and walking distance to the falls. Very crowded!

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ryan mcdonnell
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Brennan McNell
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Horseback riding

You just park and it’s there!

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Collin Fitzgerald
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Hiking

Very crowded. Would be a neat place I’m sure if there were a little less people. Pretty cool waterfall though. Worth a quick stop.

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Freddie Queen
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Scenic driving

Great for a photo op but expect crowds and difficult to park.

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Lindsey Crosby
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Hiking

Go early in the day bc it does become crowded. Beautiful waterfall with an easy decent down some stairs. Water was super chilly!!

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Ashley Kordish
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Hiking

5 star waterfall but had a 2 star time. So many people, so much trash. Beautiful to see, but wouldn’t want to sit around there all day.

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Whitney Castro
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Hiking

absolutely beautiful!!

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John-Paul Dozier
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HikingGreat!

It was a beautiful place to see but man it was so crowded. Kids had fun and great place to swim.

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Ecaterina Demian
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Nature tripsMuddy

Its right on the side of the road, we went on Thursday around noon and there was enough parking for everyone (some people stop for few minutes only). Great place to get in the water. Free. ONLY problem is tons of trash people leave behind, despite multiple "pack out" signs.

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Christi Lippman
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Laura RM
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Hiking

Easy access. Beautiful falls. Crowded with little masking.

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Deborah Edwards
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Hiking

This is a beautiful waterfall but even during the week it was crowded AND it’s not a hike. It’s a 5 minute stroll.

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Diana Rodriguez
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Hiking

Did this 3 days ago. Falls are visible from the sidewalk if stairs or distancing is a problem for anyone. Otherwise, grab a mask & your camera because the powerful waterfall is impressive! It had rained pretty hard so the water was muddy rather than looking glass clear, but WOW!

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Carly Steele Johnson
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HikingGreat!

Easy walk down the stairs and it’s right off the road. Good pit stop

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Gillian Richard
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Hiking

Right off the road, beautiful picture spot and a quick swim if you’re up for it

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C. L. McCauley
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Hiking

Beautiful falls right next to road, no need to leave your car if you don’t want to. The stream is shallow, if you want to get wet and cool down.

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Vicki High
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Jennifer Ben-Hail
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Raychel Gray
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Went on a Sunday right before sunset. The waterfall is beautiful and really nice to take a dip in or get your feet wet! Heads up it was a popular spot and was very crowded. Pictures are great! Rocks are very slippery so be careful.

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Hayden Farmer
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Hiking

Beautiful sight but was overly crowded and no one was social distancing or wearing any masks.

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Andre Beaudry
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Hiking

Not a trail but a nice fall

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Kristel Ontimara
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Walking

Definitely not a hike as it is right off the road, however, very large awesome waterfall to see. We swam in and the current of the fall kept pushing us back. Gorgeous view.

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Schevell Liu
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Hiking

If you are in the area, this is a must stop and see. It’s not really a hike but more of park and walk down the stairs to the base of the waterfall where you can get in and swim! It’s cold tho but worth the plunge. But even if you don’t go in for the swim it’s worth the stop just to get a quick picture of this beautiful waterfall. We got here around 9:30am and was able to park very close to the entrance. It wasn’t crowded at that time but started to get busy as we were leaving. Like any trail, start early as in the earlier the better if you want to avoid crowds! We also came here on a weekday.

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Lindsay K
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Hiking

Easy, if you’re able to mobilize the stairs. I just had abdominal surgery about 10 days ago, so it was a great ease-in for getting outdoors and moving around. It is INSANELY populated, so it could be considered a hotspot for virus spread and was a bit too crowded for an introvert like me. Waterfall is pretty, though.

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Adam Brower
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4 stars because it isn't really a "trail" and it gets very crowded. It is more of a "pull up in your car and walk 100 yards" type trail. The waterfall, itself, is great, however.

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