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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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Umstead Park
by Joe Allen

1 Completed 0 Reviews

This is a great trail with some very demanding hills. The trail is maintained very well and is a lengthy ride from the beginning of Graylyn to Lake Crabtree and back. The scenery is great on this trail and is a fun ride. However, if you are looking for a technical trail, this is not the one you want to ride.

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PinnacleTrail-TurnbackTrail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Despite the cool weather and occasional misting, it was a great hike yesterday. Quiet with scarcely another human or canine!! Recent, steady rains may have resulted in what appeared to be more small rocks on parts of the trail. No Charlotte skyline visible today but a good workout.

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Daniel Boone Scout Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

Another one of my favorite trails! You can use this to go into Grandfather Mountain State park without paying, for now, although you'll definitely pay in sweat. It's got some great ladder climbs near the end, and a few rope assists as well. It also has a few neat camping spots, and even a shelter, near the end of the trail itself. WARNING: The Hi Balsam shelter has a very steep twenty foot dropoff near it, and I've seen some people who have fallen off of it. Be cautious around it, please! Safety first.

The scenery is beautiful, although there wasn't much in the way of plant life to see when I want, near the end of winter going on spring. You'll be rewarded with a pleasant view from the mountaintops if you make it to the end of the trail, and if you have the time and energy, you can continue on along the other trails in the park when you finish.

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Grandfather Mountain Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

Yeaaaaaah buddy. This is my kind of hike. I have a love for ladder climbs that border's on being a mental disorder. Seriously. Couple that with some of the most amazing views in the state (in my opinion), and I'm going to be a happy camper. Seriously. The only thing that detracts from this hike is the very high admittance price, which is per person, not per car, to make matters worse. Our tax dollars go to pay for state parks, and I do somewhat object to paying nearly a hundred dollars for a regular car-full of people

There is, honestly, too much on this hike for me to even try to review it fully without dedicating a full article to it, so I'll leave you with this: Do it. You won't regret it, unless you already hate hiking.

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Toms Creek Falls Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

A good hike, although it's very brief. Don't rush it, though, as there is an abandoned flooded mine nearby that you can explore part of as well. The parking area is easy to miss and poorly marked, so be careful. My fiancee and I drove past it, and were yelled at very angrily by a woman who's dog was busy trying to accost our car. We got out to switch seats, and she yelled "DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH MY DOG." Creepy woman... Anyways, I digress.

It's a great short hike, with a pretty decent waterfall, and some things to see along the way. Not super memorable or fantastic, though, either.

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Catawba Falls Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

I think what makes this trail great is a combination of how close it is to a major road (thus making it easily accessible), coupled with how remote it actually feels. They just opened a new parking area here, too which is quite spacious and nice. Along the way, you'll run into the ruins of several building and walls, as well as an old powerhouse on the water itself. The powerhouse is covered in graffiti now, sadly, though.

As some other reviewers have mentioned, there is a continuation of the trail after the first waterfall, or two waterfalls, depending on viewpoint. It's very poorly marked, and quite strenuous, but the reward at the top is nothing less that a sublimely peaceful waterfall, which is even more secluded due to the climb to get there. I do urge CAUTION on the last part of the trail though. I've been twice, and slipped more than a few feet on both occasions. I did, though, have to manage the hike with my dog, Traveler, though, so that does account for it being a bit more of a hassle.

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Wolfpit - Shortoff Mountain - Mountains to Sea (Section)
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

I can't say enough good things about this trail. The first time I hiked it, I was a bit confused. Wolf Pit road just sort of... dead ends... into the trailhead. It doesn't have much in the way of markings to designate itself, either. Once I got started on the trail though, let me say... wow. It can be very tough, and climbs up and down quite a bit. On the initial climb up, though, many of the switchbacks offer fantastic views, and thus are a great place to rest and catch your breath if you're so inclined. Once you get up to the top, though, you'll find the going a lot easier. There is a small pond up there as well, if you need a place to replenish any of your stores of water.

I've also heard some talk about a "water tree," which is supposedly a tree with a spring running out of it's base. I wasn't able to find it myself, due to time constraints, but some of the people I spoke with earlier in my hike were looking for it in particular, and eventually found it with the help of a local. Something to watch out for if you're ever in the area!

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Hawksbill Mountain
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

This hike is pretty short, which isn't really my thing usually. I didn't find it all that strenuous either, although it's uphill almost the entire way. I felt like it was paced pretty well, though. The view on top is astounding, and almost the entire mountain top is explorable. As a result, you can find a view in almost every direction from some point on the summit or another. I will say though, that this peak can be brutally windy, so keep that in mind if you're out on a day that isn't incredibly warm, or if you have unsecured clothing articles.

It has some neat plants, including a lot of rhododendron plants, as mentioned, as well as some Galax and a few rare hemlock trees, that I saw. You'll also be treated to a view of both the nearby Table Rock and Shortoff Mountains.

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Wilson Creek - Harper Creek Falls Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

This is possibly my favorite trail near the area in which I live. Ending in Harper's Creek falls, it's a moderately steep, but enjoyable trail, that flattens out after the initial climb, and follows roughly parallell to the river for much of the hike. It has plenty of places to explore, and an abundance of campsites along the way to the waterfall itself.

The waterfall itself has a thick rope leading down to the base of the waterfall. It's a nice place for a dip in the summer. Just past the base of the waterfall is another maybe eight to twelve foot waterfall which drops down into a larger swimming hole.

About halfway to the waterfall itself, as well, is a branchoff leading to the MST. You can follow this to an amazing overlook of the second Harper's Creek waterfall, out over the gorge. It has two pine tree's right on the overlook, which are perfect for a hammock.

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Tanawha Trail
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10 Completed 0 Reviews

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this trail, honestly. It wasn't too hard, in terms of the hike itself, really, although it's somewhat long. It does also have some interesting things to see, especially when you go under the Viaduct, and near the start/end when you cross over a river with a small waterfall. Part of the trail is just a nearly endless stretch of rhodedendrons, though. For us, it was the last... I'd say quarter... of the trail, and it was a bit boring to me. Perhaps because I'd been hiking a while, instead of doing it at the beginning, but it just seemed to drag on.

Now, I know, nature should never be boring, but it was to myself, and to the guy I was hiking it with. Despite that, it was a very enjoyable hike. We also found, by pure happenstance, a geocache along the way, on a rock outcropping that climbed up and overlooked the parkway itself. It was a really cool surprise in the middle of our hike.

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