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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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Pink Beds Trail
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20 Completed 2 Reviews

Yes, this a relatively flat hike, but be sure to wear sturdy shoes. There are heavy areas of tree roots! That being said, the trail, if you go clockwise, starts out with great vistas of meadows and sunshine. The end crosses an amazingly well made boardwalk by a group of young people from Ohio. You think the path will
never end, and the you are greeted with large areas of wood ferns, absolutely lovely. The beauty of ending the trail , going clockwise, is that you are a bit tired and hot but you are in the shade!

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Twin Falls
by Reed Friddle

9 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a very nice hike on a very well maintained trail. Most of the trail is wet, but there are foot bridges for just about every creek crossing. Much of the trail is also a horse trail, so it is wide and has a lot of clearance. If you hike the big loop, you need a map which is included in the link below. We hiked Avery Creek Trail(327), Buckhorn Gap Trail(103), Twin Falls up and back, Buckhorn Gap Trail(103), FS5058, Clawhammer Cove Trail(342), Avery Creek Trail(327). This is an easy to moderate hike. The falls are absolutely amazing after a nice rain.

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Art Loeb Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hardest and most rewarding trail I've done. My 9 month old Aussie mix and I did the entire 33 mile trail from South to North, Davidson River Campground to Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp in 2 nights, 3 days. The weather was terrible, the views were scarce due to fog/rain, and the elevation gain was more drastic than I expected. And we really did 39 miles but I'll get to that in a bit. All that said, it was a great trip.

I got to Daniel Boone around dusk on a Thursday night and slept in my car on the gravel road that's reserved for thru hikers as there are no campsites here that aren't private.

I called a shuttle a couple days in advance (harry@ashevilleairportshuttle.com) to take me from Daniel Boone to Davidson Friday morning. If you elect to do the whole thing I highly recommend taking a shuttle and there are none better than Harry. He's a local that's done the entire AT, as well as the Art Loeb, and charges a flat rate of $100 which is as cheap as I found.

The second I stepped out of the shuttle the bottom fell out of the sky. It rained the majority of the trip, especially the first two days. I got on trail about 9:15 and went about 2 miles when I ran into two girls my age (mid 20's) that were doing the whole trail as well, so we decided to go at it together. Somewhere between mile 3-5 we missed a trail mark on our left when we hit a clearing and followed an old service road that looked like a wide trail for about 2 miles until we realized we were going the wrong way. We doubled back, found the trail mark, and pressed on. The trail the majority of the first day was a moderate incline that took a bit of a toll, but was manageable. We passed Butter Gap around 6:00 and camped about a half mile up. There is a water source at Butter Gap!

We got a late start on Day 2 (about 9:15) and went for roughly 2 miles before we hit the hardest part of the trip. Pilot Mtn. It was my first experience with switchbacks and rocky terrain in a torrential downpour. We went what seemed like straight up for an eternity and the rain didn't let up until we hit the peak. The sky cleared and the views were phenomenal. We stayed on Pilot for about 20 minutes and headed back down the other side.

We reached Deep Gap around 1:00 and stopped for lunch. We were exhausted and didn't leave until almost 3:00. The rain let up while we were in the shelter but it let loose the second we packed up to leave. 90% of the rest of that day was uphill. Some switchbacks, some gradual inclines, and some steps. We got to the road about 6:00 and followed to the left about 3/4 of a mile to a campsite with a water source near by. We were absolutely dead by the time we got the camp set up and got into dry clothes.

Weather delayed us again on day 3 and we started around 9:00. We got lost about 2 miles into the trail. The Mountains to Sea Trail is also marked with a white trail mark and the two intersect near the parkway. We followed the MST downhill in the wrong direction and ended up well out of the way. We made our way back at the top of Black Balsam but the weather stole our view.

The rest of the trail is fairly downhill after Black Balsam. The terrain gets a little tough and there are some dangerous downhill sections a few miles after Black Balsam. Water is scarce at this point and the trail isn't very well marked. The last 4-5 miles seemed like 15 but they were downhill so it wasn't awful. We got back to our cars around 6:30.

All around great experience. I recommend really knowing your water sources, bring trekking poles. and try to actually stay on the trail. Plan for 3 days, 2 nights if you're going South to North unless you are extremely experienced.

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North Slope
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Camped at Davidson River Campground and there was a trailhead was directly across from our site (#88). Very shady, which was nice. Lots of roots, so watch your step. No real "views" to mention, and no waterfalls or river access or anything, but it was nice for a moderate and relatively quiet walk in the woods. There were definitely some steep inclines that could be problematic if you're out of shape and/or not used to hiking at any kind of elevation. And like I said, you definitely have to watch your footing. Overall, it was a nice, shady walk and we only saw a few other people on the trail, which is saying something because there seemed to be people EVERYWHERE the weekend we went.

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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19 Completed 11 Reviews

This is NOT moderate. I've been hiking 3 years and usually 10 miles one day a week. Most rewarding hike though. This hike ascends like mount Mitchell

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Twin Falls
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

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