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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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Appalachian Trail: Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

So this is a 10.1 mile hike from hwy 64 all the way up to the lookout tower on Wayah Bald? I've read some other places its only 6 miles put that just might be to the road that leads up to the tower. Any help would be appreciated.

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Roaring Fork Falls
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Yes, the walk to the falls is easy, but it's on an abandoned road, so the hike there isn't thrilling. The thrill starts when you get there if you're an adventurous hiker...Look to the right when you get to the gorgeous falls and you'll see a narrow treacherous path up to the top. Be warned this is hand-over-hand pulling yourself up most of the way and unless you're a monkey hiker willing to take some risks, you'll want to stay at the bottom and enjoy the falls at the base. But if you make it to the top, it's amazing to look down and watch the water cascade over stones. I hiked back a bit in the wilderness and saw some amazingly clear pools and spent an hour sunning on a big rock in the middle of the rapids. Heaven! I intend to return soon.

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Umstead Park
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9 Completed 2 Reviews

I entered from the south(exit 287 off of I40). Very clean and well maintained state park. Biking is done on what amounts to a wide smooth well packed dirt road and what is probably good single track is restricted to hikers. Even so, it is a fun trail with some tough uphills and fun downhills. A family friendly trail as you have several different loops of varying distance, some side by side riding is OK, and the trail is not very technical. Convenient rest stops and water fill points are located the trail. The ride can be nice and relaxing or a good cardio event. Well worth the stop.

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New Hope Overlook
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

Quiet hike with no fee today. Easy hike on the red trail. Knocked it out with my 11 year old son in just over 2 hours.

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Rough Ridge
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

The was 10 stars outta 5 on the FUN scale. Challenging, but not too bad for beginners. Lots of rocks, lots of great views...lots of rocks to climb out on for even better views. If we had done this one yesterday and Price Lake today, we would have been extremely let down with Price Lake, even though we liked it too.

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Stone Mountain Loop Trail (NC)
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Did the loop with my wife and our 2 and 3 year old girls. LOTS of stairs and we carried the 2 year old most of the way. The 3 year old (almost 4) made it through most of the loop but had to be carried as we approached the summit. Beautiful spot halfway through to enjoy a picnic in the grass as we viewed the face of Stone Mountain. The views from the summit were gorgeous and lots of room to spread out away from other people.

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Little Bradley Falls
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

Little Bradley Falls Trail is a nice scenic hike along Cove Creek to the namesake waterfall. From the pulloff on Holbert Cove Road (same trailhead as for Bradley Falls), the trail starts on the opposite side of the road and is blazed red. There are a couple easy stream crossings over little feeder streams and a more challenging crossing over the Cove Creek about half way through the trail. We were able to keep our feet dry hopping across rocks and logs, but if the water level was any higher, we would have had to wade. After that, we passed some old chimney ruins before reaching the falls. It's a really beautiful waterfall and definitely worth the hike, even if it means getting your feet wet. It's also a pretty popular trail and waterfall and we saw quite a few other groups of people on our hike.

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Price Lake Loop Trail - Blue Ridge Parkway
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

We had to start somewhere, and this was a great place to start. Not as easy a walk as we expected--took closer to two hours. Yes, we did make a wrong turn along the way, but ended up seeing some of that beaver activity, so it was worth it. Roots, rocks, mud, bridges, low canopies, a lot of great views...we enjoyed it.

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Twin Falls
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice easy hike.

I parked and started at the trailhead for Buckhorn Gap (#103) (parking area located 2.5 miles after turning right onto Forest Road 477.) I followed the orange trail for Buckhorn Gap until I found the trailhead for Twin Falls (#604) to the left. The trail is crossed several times by a horse trail. Use the foot bridges for each crossing and you will stay on the correct path.

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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Trail
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492 Completed 151 Reviews

The loop trail along the I-85 stretch has a lot of road noise, but once you get to the other side of the mountain, nature comes back with peace and quiet especially along the cooler Eno River stretch, where we saw mountain laurel, rhododendron, mayapple, and galax, which are more indigenous to the mountains of NC. The trail is enjoyable in that it encounters many different habitats and elevations. The quarry area reminded us of areas found out west with some red rock exposures, and exploring the area was an easy challenge. We also took the overlook trail down from the quarry overlook as well as the gentle sloping Chestnut Oak Trail section. We had a picnic at the large fish pond and thoroughly had a great time.

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