Looking Glass Rock in Asheville

Located in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the pluton monolith Looking Glass Rock is a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers.

Formed around 390 million years ago, this gorgeous granite mountain reaches close to 4,000 feet tall. Southwest of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest, the local landmark provides panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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A 45-minute drive from Asheville, the trailhead can be found in the parking area off of Forest Service Road 475, just south of Looking Glass Falls on US 276 near Brevard, North Carolina.

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The Looking Glass Rock Trail is the only trail that leads to the top of the rock. The trail climbs about 1,700 feet in a little over three miles. With many switchbacks, this 6.5-mile round-trip hike is a moderately difficult climb. Hikers should allow 4-5 hours for this trek that captures scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountains.

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As the sunlight hits the stone, pools of light reflect back, creating a mirror-like image, which earns the mountain its name. A sacred site to the Cherokee Nation, Looking Glass Rock has become an iconic attraction for travelers.

The best time to visit Looking Glass Falls is during the fall, when you can see the red and yellow foliage in all its brilliance. If you’re looking for outdoor recreation, you’ll find loads of trails and areas to discover. In the summer, swimming at Looking Glass Falls is an excellent past-time activity for a hot day.

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Access to the Rock Trail is free to the public. If you’re up for the challenge, the amazing terrain and climb are worth the effort!

Other scenic must-sees in the area are the Fryingpan Mountain Tower and the Mout Pisgah Trail. Looking Glass Falls is one hour away from the magnificent Chimney Rock State Park.

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