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Looking Glass Rock Trail

Brevard, NC

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Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Brevard, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Cat Gap Loop
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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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Great hike! There seems to be 3 "phases;" the first part is a wide, easy trail and as the altitude increases it becomes more narrow with a lot of rocks and roots (which I enjoy more anyways). A ton of switchbacks on the way up but helpful on the knees going back down. Once you get to the top, the view is incredible. Trail is well marked and easy to follow.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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I enjoyed this hike! Wasn't as difficult as I was expecting. Yes, quite a few switchbacks but could have been way worse. The top was pretty windy but the view was fabulous!

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

Views at the top are amazing, worth the agony!

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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27 Completed 14 Reviews

I hiked early on New Years Eve. Unfortunately, it was still foggy when I got to the top. However, the hike was very enjoyable. Would love to come back and do it again on a sunny day! Lots of switchbacks early in the hike but fairly moderate the last mile.

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Davidson River Recreation Area Trail
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There was a river flood warning today for the mountains, but there was a break in the rain so I had to get out and do this trail today. It is definitely one of my favorites!
Well, every small creek and tributary was flowing full blast, but the trail was mostly fine. There was a long section beginning about 2/3 up (just a little before Wilson Rock) where the trail was a mess, with the creek flowing down it.
Unseasonably warm day, over 70°, but the sun was certainly a welcome sight. Beautiful views from the top, as well as from the overlook near Wilson Rock. I love this hike.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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Nice fall!!!

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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Great trail. The trailhead is just off of 276 and the parking lot is pretty small. We went on a quiet day, but I can imagine it fills up during peak season weekend. The first 2 miles is a well maintained series of steep switchbacks, with the last mile or so a much more difficult and eroded trail. You will work hard, but it is absolutely doable for anyone in moderate shape. We did it in about 1.5 hours up and 1 hour back down. Not many views going up, which is disappointing, but the view at the top is extraordinary,. 10+. Have lunch at the top but be careful as the rock slopes down and is slick. Follow the same trail back down. The switchbacks on the way down will test your knees - I recommend hiking poles if you have them! I'd definitely do it again!

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Twin Falls
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

I did this trail with the Greeneville Tennessee Hiking Club. Ther e were 15 of us and had a great hike. Weather was cool, but perfect for hiking! It was a moderate terrain with lots of foot bridges. We ended up seeing a total of 4 falls...The Twin Falls, Avery Creek Falls and one that didn't have a name that we knew of, at least. Very enjoyable hike!