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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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Rough Fork Hike
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

My husband, son and I enjoyed this little walk! Points of interest were the stream that the trail stays near, the log bridges, and the Woody House with spring house. Didn't have a lot of time today, so this was perfect! Took us about an hour and a half.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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8 Completed 9 Reviews

Very gorgeous waterfall located in the Big Creek area. There is water along the trail the entire time and you will encounter the famous Midnight Hole where you can dip in and cool off.

Very easy hike with a slight incline.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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8 Completed 9 Reviews

Absolutely gorgeous area! The Midnight Hole is perfect for swimming and is probably pretty busy during the summer. We went during the week in May and only encountered two other people. The water was freezing! Definitely continue on to Mouse Creek falls as well.

Very easy hike, slight incline heading in. Water is available the whole way!

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Cataloochee Divide Trail
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57 Completed 5 Reviews

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Palmer Creek Trail
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

I used this trail to begin a loop around Balsam Mountain, Sterling Ridge and Pretty Hollow for a long day-hike out of Cataloochie. The first 2 miles consist of a moderate elevation gain following the creek up a hollow before making a brisk ascent up a ridge and ending on Balsam Mountain Road at 3.3 miles.

I found the trail kind of a spooky - definitely would have made a good hideout for a moonshiner, or maybe a witch! Its definitely not one of the more traveled routes, so chances will often be pretty good that you'll have it to yourself all the way through. The second foot bridge (about midway) is no longer there. I had to go barefoot over that crossing. Bring a towel!

The final bit travels through a nice ridge top, with views of Shanty Mountain to the east and Sterling Mountain to the west.

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Rough Fork Hike
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

After its first mile up to Campsite 40, the Rough Fork begins a brisk ascent to the Caldwell Fork Trail (2.9) and then onward to Polls Gap (6.5). Although in better shape than most of the other trails in South Catalooch, it still has its share of loose rocks, protruding roots, and erosion caused by weather and horse travel. Since it's a ridge trail, there are no major stream crossings to navigate - a relative plus by comparison! The rewards for the relentless elevation gain are nice views to the west, while continuing up to the Cataloochie Divide.

I actually came down the Rough Fork by making a loop with the Big Fork Ridge Trail, linking up to the Hemphill Bald Trail, and then descending down the Divide.

Didn't see a soul during the whole 19.5 mile trek - pretty sweet!

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Caldwell Fork Loop
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123 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a good trip for beginning backpackers. I like starting on the Big Fork Ridge Trail, camping at Caldwell Fork #41, then passing the Big Poplars before descending Rough Fork Ridge Trail past the Woody Place. It's a nice winter trip when you just want to get out for an easy weekend.

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Spruce Mountain Overnight Loop
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123 Completed 4 Reviews

I did this one a number of years ago. Unfortunately it's no longer feasible, as the Park Service has closed the Polls Gap Trail which made up the second day of the loop. Great trip in spite of blowdowns and greenbriars on the soon to be abandoned trail. Spent the first night at Caldwell Fork and the second at Spruce Mountain. Idyllic campsite. Decended the Palmer Creek Trail on the last day. A shame the Polls Gap Trail was abandoned but it was gullied to seven or eight feet deep in spots.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

Parking lot coords are 35.75188, -83.11024. Nice easy path up to the falls. The rain had kept the crowds away so we only saw about 5 other groups of people. Along the path we saw a turtle and a couple snakes. There are also horses that use this trail so although the trail is smooth, watch your footing. The waterfalls are on the other side of Big Creek there is a nice viewing area to sit and look at them.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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31 Completed 30 Reviews

Great, easy trail for family of all ages. The trail (Big Creek Trail) is pretty crowded as mentioned before, but that's part of the fun. The trip in was pretty early and we had midnight hole and mouse falls to ourselves for awhile. Very easy hike and safe for kids. Our group only suffered a bee sting this time out. A good way to enjoy the GSMNP without the hassle of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The trail is located on the left side of the entrance to the day use area, just before the parking area. We saw several people looking for it. There are many trail-heads and access points at this location. The day use restrooms are out of order for an extended period of time, but they have added porta-potty's to handle the crowds.

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