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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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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great Trail! tough climb but worth it for the view! Took 3 isn hours start to finish

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5 Completed 5 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes in the area. I have completed 4 or 5 times, most recently I trail ran the hike! Not something I would specifically recommend because it was very hard on my knees downhill, but it was a great experience. The trail I would recommend to anyone who has a couple hours- the view is so spectacular I remember getting a little vertigo my first time out on the rock. Gorgeous and incredible hike- if you have an Eno, bring it!! Lots of fun places to hang a hammock at the summit.

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36 Completed 4 Reviews

Lots of good reviews already. The trail layout is well thought out and fairly easy. The real challenge comes from the elevation gain. The view is well worth the climb.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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11 Completed 2 Reviews

Absolutely fantastic. It isn't too difficult for a leisurely family hike and has spectacular views. For anyone looking for a similar hike try John Rock at the Fish Hatchery. You can see Looking Glass from there easily.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Well maintained trail and a moderate to strenuous hike with nice views. Stopped about 3/4 of the way up and realized it wasn't the top but there were fewer people there enjoying the views. A good workout.

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Wonderful 3 hours. Continuous climb wears you out, but the reward at the top is worth it all. Wide and well marked trail.

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Pink Beds Trail
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy, well marked trail. This is a great trail if you have kids with you. We walked it for the first time today and have plans to take some visiting family back in a few weeks...hopefully the rhododendrons will be in bloom.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Did this hike with my wife and another couple. We are all in the fitness industry and used to a good workout. This trail was a continual climb with very few flat areas and lots of switchbacks. We were moving pretty fast and all 4 of us agreed this was a fairly strenuous hike. On a scale from 1-10 of exertion we stayed at a 6/7 throughout most of the hike. Toward the very end it got tougher with an exertion of 8/9. We were moving pretty good though. Slippery & muddy in parts. The view at the top was gorgeous and well worth the hike up. The trail traffic was moderate. We started at 11:30 and finished just after 2, a little over 2.5 hours. I would definitely do it again, but this hike is not easy. Be ready to work.

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Twin Falls
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42 Completed 3 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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