Looking Glass Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 2,305 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,830 feet. The Looking Glass Rock Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Looking Glass Rock (elevation 3,967 feet) can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint.
Looking Glass Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike leads to one of the area’s most notable peaks—Looking Glass Rock. Here, you can rise to a granite grandstand rising above the Davidson River valley, where vistas of the Blue Ridge await. A first-rate but busy path switchbacks from the river through woods, passing occasional rock slabs before opening onto a colossal stone slab availing panoramas of the Blue Ridge rising in the distance as well as greater Davidson River valley stretching out below."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"Looking Glass Rock is one of the most recognized natural features in Western North Carolina. For many motorists who travel the Blue Ridge Parkway, viewing the giant monolith is one of the highlights of their trip. However, to actually hike to the top of the granite rock face, you will have to take a narrow trail up multiple switchbacks to reach Looking Glass ridge. There you will enjoy some relatively level hiking before the trail offers a brief descent that places you directly on top of Looking Glass Rock. From this overlook, you will enjoy fantastic north-facing views."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Does the classic waterfall exist? Most people agree that Looking Glass Falls is the epitome of a postcard waterfall. Because of its easy access, Looking Glass Falls is a major tourist attraction, one of the most well-known falls in the eastern United States."
--Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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