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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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Twin Falls
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13 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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Pink Beds Trail
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31 Completed 6 Reviews

Great hike for kids & EXPERIENCED Mountain Bikers! I was surprised by a very "rooty" trail. Beautiful when Rhododendrums are in bloom, but if the kids bring bikes, they will end up waking them most of the way.

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Art Loeb Trail
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19 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail. The markers are hard to find on top. But one can always find their way back, if they want to.

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Canebrake Trail - Gorges State Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The start isn't great but treat it as a warmup. GPS nav might throw you off from the parking area so look for a sign to gorges state park when you're on frozen creek rd. seems no one comes here, we were the only people from 10am to 5pm on the weekend. It's so worth the walk for a peaceful lunch by the lake and river rapids. Connects to other trails too to go around the lake.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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17 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this with a group of friends in mid-October and it is my favorite East Coast hike to date. Challenging but not overwhelming, with plenty of places to rest. Drinkable streams (though you may want to boil the water just in case) and unparalleled views. Camping is allowed along the trail but space is extremely limited.

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North Slope
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10 Completed 7 Reviews

This was a nice moderate hike. There were a few inclines and declines, but nothing to challenging. The views were mainly of valleys, there were no overlooking views sadly. One of the most impressive things about this hike was the amazing rhododendron canopies that seem to be at every turn. This hike will have to be completed again when the rhododendron are in full bloom. Not to be out done by the rhododendron the views of Davidson River were spectacular. Tip: Don’t park at the ranger station instead park at Davidson River campground parking look just past the entry gate/booth or park at the Art Loeb parking area. Overall nice marked trail. Get Out and Hike!

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

SimplyLoveHiking.com thinks this is a unique hike with the end result being the "bow on the package"!
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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

As others have mentioned, this trail doesn't have much of a view until you get to the end, but the view at the end is pretty impressive. :) The trail is nicely wooded, partial shade and sun-dappled. It's not at all technical; the difficulty rating is strictly from the elevation gain, in my opinion. I tracked 4.9 miles. AllTrails lists it as being 6.4. Not sure what I may have missed. :-/ Also, FYI, the waterfall that pictured is not actually along this trail. It's nearby at a pull-off from the road. I got to it by car.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail is sneaky. It's moderate for the first couple of miles then it turns up the challenge meter for the final stretch. It is all worth it in the end. Definitely one of the best views I've ever hiked.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Are there many places to primative camp near Looking Glass Rock? We will have 15 of us - kids and adults? Thanks!

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