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Looking Glass Rock

Pisgah Forest, NC
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Type: Geologic Formations
Description: A geological formation that is made of pure quartz and has been a sacred site of the native Cherokee Nation.
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North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I absolutely love Pisgah National Forest and enjoy any opportunity to hike the vast number of its great trails. I have viewed Looking Glass Rock numerous times from the Blue Ridge Parkway and have even passed the trailhead but never had the chance to hike the trail until recently. I found this hike to be somewhat challenging, with the altitude... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I would rate this moderately difficult. It is up hill for 3.2 miles parts of the trail are pretty steep. Some parts you have to walk over big rocks, however for the most part a well maintained trail. Depending on your level of conditioning, allow up to two and half hours to make it to the top. The first time... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is one of (if the 'the') staple hike of the Pisgah Ranger District. It's a moderate to strenuous 3 miles up to the top. Lot's of cut backs (don't take short cuts, please), then you start to navigate the rocky outcrop. I would plan 3-4 hours for this hike roundtrip. Bring plenty of water, and arrive early…parking lot gets... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

About six miles round trip of moderate to strenuous trail with a breathtaking view at the top worth every step! Great place to swim in the river across the street from the trailhead too!

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Grand Cayman
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Its a tough 3+ mile hike all up hill but as long as you are reasonably fit then the reward at the end is amazing and well worth the effort. Put this hike on your bucket list .

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The hike was wonderful and if it was our only experience in Brevard, it would have an excellent rating. It's a semi-challenging hike that starts as a long gradual walk up the side of the mountain, eventually becoming a steeper zig-zag and then more traditional trail approaching the top. During mid-spring, the tree foliage prohibits much of a view for... More

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I've hiked here before & will do so again. Beautiful views from the top and not too difficult. Can be crowded at times & not much parking with no restrooms but it's all good.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I am used to doing shorter local hikes and was ready for this 6 mile hike. A little nervous that it would be too hard and exhausting. Not at all. It was actually easier than what Ive done, just longer. The trail alone was worth it. Gorgeous the whole way. The first 2 miles had gradual incline with alot of... More

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Indian Trail, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My wife has such an affinity for this place that we go miles out of our way to witness it. There is just a magic feeling to view that rock jutting up fromthe forest surrounding it.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Wow! This is the a breathtaking summit that should not be missed if hiking in WNC. We decided to take our traditional New Year's Day hike and chose Looking Glass Rock. The ascent is sometimes very steep and rocky, but well worth it. There are plenty of places to stop and rest if needed. When we finally turned that last... More

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