Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Brevard with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Oct 20 18: leaves at the summit view were 10-20% turned to their fall colors.

The hike is SO worth the view, especially in the fall with all the changing colors. I went on a Wednesday in October and the parking was full, but the trail wasn’t nearly as full of people as I thought it would be. The trees kept me shaded almost the entire way and it took me about 2-2.5 hours to do the entire thing. Highly recommended hike!

It is a moderate hike in the woods with very good views from the top of Pilot Mountain. Coming back on the Art Loeb trail can be difficult.

Great hike. Was challenging at points but nothing crazy, was able to hike the whole thing going up without stopping. Very narrow at points so you will have to move to the side if someone is coming. Parking gets tight but you can park on the street. The only place to go to the bathroom is at the visitors lodge fyi which is at the start of the park.

hiking
7 days ago

this Trail is listed as hard but I imagine it's because there's a gradual incline most of the hike. Periodically there are sharper climbs with quicker elevation and some Slippery Rock When Wet. this hike is it should be listed as heavy moderate. when you do reach the summit and you step out onto the looking rock it'll make every one of your steps worthwhile. The view is absolutely Majestic.

Gorgeous views from the top! Worth the climb.

Tough but manageable 3-mile upward climb with an awesome view at the top. We are 51 and 62 in average shape and had no difficulty, but it did wear us out! It took about two hours to get to the top, where we stayed about 30 minutes, then another 90 minutes or so to get back down. Take lots of water. Don’t wear sandals as there are lots of tree roots and rocks to trip over. Hiking poles were useful.

Amazing!!! One of the best trails we done!

No one is kidding about the view, it's absolutely breath-taking. My fiancee and I chose this hike after seeing it across the valley from Black Balsam Knob. The hike itself starts out slow and gradually gets more difficult, after the gradual switchbacks it starts getting really rocky and the path becomes a tangle of roots, it's gets maybe a little more than a 30° incline at this point but right before you hit the top it suddenly has a downward slope. We went on a Saturday and it was pretty busy, there were lots of dogs including ours and dogs of various sizes. There were people of every age on the trail, it's not too difficult but can be a little hard on the knees. Watch out for the tree roots, they tripped me on the way down. Bring lots of water!

Just a heads up, someone had a Lost Dog notice posted on October 6, 2018. A Brittany Spaniel went missing, by the name of Jake. The number to call if you see him is 303.717.0291.

Just wanted to pass this on!

This was a great hike. Moderate to Hard as it says. It took us about 2 hours to get to the top, with a few stops to drink water and let our 7 yr dog have a break. It was about an hour and half back down. The hike up doesn’t have any views (maybe later in Fall or Winter), but the view at the top is spectacular. Would be an excellent place to bring some food for a picnic.

My only warning would be to watch what time you start this hike. The first time I did it, we started to late, and ended up hiking in pitch darkness. Watching people start the hike at 4pm in Autumn, made me think they would end up hiking in the dark as well. If you start late, just make sure to bring a flashlight or two.

backpacking
20 days ago

Beavers sometimes flood parts of the trail making the area almost “ancient.”

hiking
20 days ago

It’s a tough climb.

hiking
24 days ago

The walk up primarily is a set of switchbacks that gradually rise across the face of the same forested slope: pretty and green, but the view doesn’t change for quite a while. When the view does change, though, it is simply breathtaking. I sat on a rock just on the outside of the main exit from the forest to have lunch and to hear people’s reactions as they emerged. Just as I had done, even having read the reviews, truly 100% vocalized some instant, quiet, and genuine, nearly spiritual, version of, “Oh, wow .”

Great hike. Gradual incline due to multitude of switchbacks. Moderately strenuous for a weekend hiker. Incredible panoramic view. Make sure to pack a lunch and plan to stay a while to enjoy the view.

Nice climb. My first goal-oriented hike. Consistent elevation rise.

on Looking Glass Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

As other reviewers have mentioned, the main highlight is reaching the top and getting the spectacular view of the mountains! I found it to be worth it for a day hike. There are tons of switchbacks but nothing too difficult. The trail was nice and well-maintained. Lots of shade as you are in tree cover 99% of the hike. Even though I did see what looked like a few places to camp not far from the top, I am not sure I would want to overnight camp there. Only saw a handful of people either way. Its a hike worth doing to see it for yourself!

Very clean trail, I love the hike going up. The summit is one of the the best I have seen.

This is a steep climb to a nice view of the southern Smokies! Did it Labor Day weekend when trees were green, but I bet the view is even better in the fall. I also bet it's an easier climb in the cooler weather. Could be worth packing a lunch to eat at the top!

It was very easy & mostly pine needles & sand which made it nice after a rough rocky hike yesterday & great spot to take my 2 dogs along. Only ran into one other couple & one mountain biker the entire 6 mile loop

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is definitely on the moderate to hard end of the spectrum. There were people of all ages on the trail. My husband and I are in our late 20s but I saw children, as well as elderly making the trek to the top. The steady incline gets your heart pumping and sweat dripping but the view at the top is well worth it! I can’t wait to go back in the fall. I didn’t see anyone in the reviews comment on this, but don’t miss the little crystal pebbles/stones along the trail! I didn’t catch them until our way back down.

on Pink Beds Trail

1 month ago

Biked today and only encountered 2 groups. The first thought the loop was only 1 mile  the next 3 mile. We set them straight much to their dismay. Great trail for MBing. 5.94 from parking lot back to PL went left (north) at first split and followed orange blazes. The first split is just a few hundred feet from PL after creek crossing. Several free crosses and bridges. Most were too narrow to ride across (we are beginners on MBs). North side is mostly all down hill or flat and south side same. Halfway point is wide bridge and large camping area with big rock fire pit. Took us about 2.5 hours. Not bad for 55 and 54 newbies to MBing. Definitely would do again!!!!!!!!

Absolutely wonderful. This trail will challenge your muscle endurance because it is quite steep. The view at the top was worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

It’s a tough one but has my favorite secret camp spot! I’ve done it twice and was able to camp there both times and only saw one little group of day hikers over there. Aside from that, the end of the trail is awesome but sketchy- no rails between you and the steep edge of the rock! Don’t set your water bottle down! It can get crowded though, because there’s not much room on the edge.

This hike isn’t too difficult and the view at the top is 100% worth it. Switchbacks I considered to be slightly gradual. Did see a good sized snake on the trail on the way back. Well maintained trails though- went early in the morning and it started to get pretty busy on our way down.

Fantastic views! Went after a few days of rain and parts of the trail were completely underwater. But this made it an adventure! The trail is very well maintained and the switchbacks are super moderate and covered in rhododendron, making for a shady beautiful hike.

There is a white house cat at the top of this trail. I don't know how it got up 1700 feet but I was sitting at the top snacking and it just appeared. If you made the wonderful decision to take your cat hiking and lost it then now you know where it is.

Pretty tough and challenging hike with a camping pack but the views are AMAZING. There's a great spot at the very top perfect for a couple small tents or a few hammocks. Water is scarce once you get about halfway up. The first half has some serious switchbacks and the second half is greatly inclined with lots of rocks and roots to navigate.

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. Fairly well marked but you do have to pay attention at some parts of the trail--however, the trail is well defined. A few parts where you had to cross some creeks but very passable and manageable without getting wet. If you start at the far end of the parking lot and you will have about a .6 mile tough stretch a mile into your hike. Lots of roots and some areas with loose rock. There is a side trail that loops down to a waterfall--that is very steep and the trail is not well defined. Very nice hike.

Very scenic and had many switchbacks which made it less difficult. Parts of the trail, especially the last mile or so toward the top was rocky and many roots. Trail was well defined and the view at the rock was fantastic. I’d rate as moderate with a few parts as slightly difficult..

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