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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Brevard, NC

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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 6.4 mile trail located near Brevard, North Carolina and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Hooker Falls Trail - DuPont State Forest
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14 Completed 15 Reviews

I've wavered on how to rate this spot. For a hike, it's barely a three, as the stroll down to the base of the falls is maybe a quarter of a mile on a gravel road. But for a waterfall, it's easily a four-star rating. I was frankly surprised at how pretty this was, and the number of vantage points is impressive. The park is attempting to restore the surrounding area, so you might not be able to get as close as you would like for photos, but it's still worth the trip. Nearby are several other waterfalls, so why not take a few minutes to enjoy this one, too?

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Wintergreen Falls
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14 Completed 15 Reviews

I needed an easy hike to get my body out of winter mode, and this hike seemed to fill the bill. The hike is nothing spectacular; the path is mostly a service road, used by bikers and horse riders. There are very few markings, leading first-time hikers (like myself and one other hiker I encountered) to question whether vital turns had been missed. But at the strategic points, there are large signs that would be really hard to miss. The waterfall is pretty, located in a secluded spot. For the purposes I had on this day, it was just what I needed.

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Rough Ridge
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Cat Gap Loop
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

I hiked this trail with my 9-year-old son on the last day of winter, 2015. It was 43 degrees and rainy, which put a bit of a damper on our experience, but it did keep the crowds away. We had the place almost entirely to ourselves. This hike is similar to Table Rock Trail in SC, but it's a bit shorter and easier. On the other hand, there are fewer different vantage points at the top than on Table Rock, so I was slightly let down by this. We were also put off by the fact that this trail is loaded with exposed roots everywhere, and our knees and ankles suffered for this.

The "John Rock" portion of the trail comes midway into the hike and is quite steep in places. It's also the best part, so don't give up! I told my son several times that parts of this trail looked like scenes from a movie, especially in the fog and mist.

The rock face is steep in places and slippery when wet. One of the park rangers told me that people and dogs have been known to fall off, so definitely do be careful. There are at least three separate, short trails to the rock face itself. The ones to the west (or right, as you are looking into the valley) are safer and offer better views. A worthy hike, all in all.

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Roaring Fork Falls
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Max Patch Trail
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20 Completed 14 Reviews

Very grand views! Dirt road to to get there was an adventure in itself!

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Crowders and Rocktop Circuit Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

There's a similar trail set up with many more reviews called "Crowders Trail/Rocktop Trail (Loop)"...just search for "Rocktop" in the search bar to see about a dozen reviews.

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Crowder's Trail / Rocktop Trail (Loop)
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

If you can handle going down steps without a railing (think about going down steps inside the upper deck of a basketball arena), then I'd recommend going up Rocktop and back down Backside/Crowders Trail to make your loop. Rocktop was very steep and you need to take your time coming down when it starts to descend...much easier going up it.

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Rocktop
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

This trail is only a little over a mile, but note that it takes you up/down the vast majority of the mountain in half that time. I took Crowders trail + Backside trail up the mountain, then came down Tower Trail until I hit Rocktop and took it back to the visitor center. Going down, the first half of the trail is pretty flat and has a few different rock formations that were fun to walk over (max step up-down was only 12-18" inches). The problem is that the 2nd half is very steep and easy to lose your footing going down. Though I'm sure it'd kick my butt, I'd recommend going up this trail instead of down to avoid slipping/falling. Especially after a rainy day.

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Boone Fork Group Site Trail
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12 Completed 7 Reviews

We hiked this on a beautiful Saturday in March but it wasn't overly crowded. It wasn't too extreme but not boring at all terrain-wise. I din't care for the campsite paved areas but most of it was amazing!

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