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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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I have hiked this trail twice now and absolutely love it! When you enter Pisgah National Forest, you will travel maybe 3 miles or so and the road will kind of fork... Sliding Rock to the right but veer left for Looking Glass Rock (not sure it is on the sign though). The trail head is just a short distance up on the right. Easy parking. The trail is well marked and maintained. I would classify the trail as moderate to slightly difficult. I hike at a quick pace and it took close to 2.5 hours up. The first 3/4 of the trail is a reasonable, steady climb with noticeable gain in elevation. The switchbacks help but there are numerous cut throughs if you prefer a steeper climb. But be careful. The last 1/4 of the trail gets considerably more challenging and I passed many hikers who turned around without finishing the hike. Unfortunate for sure! You will know the end is near when you make it over the top and start a descent. It lasts just long enough to make you ask "Are we there yet?" You will go down a set of noticeable steps, step over a couple of rocks and then step out onto the rock for one of the most amazing views I have seen! Pure mountains. No homes. No city lights. Just beauty.

One note, the trail is completely covered by a canopy of trees. There are a couple of spots to stop but the view is still underneath the canopy and not outward. Enjoy the woods and anticipate the view from the rock! So worth it.... Enjoy!

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This waterfall was jst completely beautiful!

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Cat Gap Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail. Lots of inclines. We took. the inner trail up to John rock. Gorgeous view. Well worth the difficulty. The east side is much easier to go up. The west side is steep.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hard to argue with the view. We hiked up with our son on our backs and had a great time.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Great hike! Be sure to check out nearby Looking Glass Falls.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice hike a lot harder the last mile up. Lot's of people.

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Twin Falls
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13 Completed 5 Reviews

Here are the coords for the campsite near the falls. I like this one better because it is off the trail further
N 356° 19 '52.22"
W082° 45' 30.06"

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Farlow Gap
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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