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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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Indian Trail, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Recently hiked with hubby and daughter, young adult. The website states moderately difficult. By New England standards it is a fairly easy hike. Lots of switchbacks for at least the first half. After that step areas with roots or rocks, but not difficult. Lots of families and dogs on the trail on our visit. It is approximately 6.4 miles round... More

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

awesome hike. the climb is gradual enough that it isn't exhausting and the views from the rock of the mountains around you are breathtaking!! definitely recommended as a top hike in the area!

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Clarksville, Maryland, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

2000 switch backs, a few stream crossings, and dozens of "we must be at the top by now, statements" and you will reach your reward. When you come out of the woods onto the bald rocks that stretch for 30-yards before falling off a 400-foot cliff, you will thank yourself for doing this hike. The views are awesome, so bring... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It's fun, but just be warned! I suppose if you're not in a hurry it's not so bad. My wife and I got to the top in around an hour and a half, I think. The last quarter mile or so kicked our behinds—I thought I was on a stairmaster. To be honest, the view at the top was just... More

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Tampa, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This mountain captured my attention immediately as it was not like all the others. It was not totally covered with green trees and flora. It has a huge round bald spot on the side of the mountain that supposedly reflects the sun at certain times. I wish I could have seen this spectacular event, but we were not there at... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our view of it was from the Looking Glass Rock overlook at mile marker 417 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRPW). This is also where the Skinny Dip Falls hike starts, but everyone was too tired for another hike so we took in the views of the parkway instead. You'll want to stop here and take some pictures.

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Covington, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Nice elevation gain. I hiked it during the week so I did not see many other hikers. Some pretty steep inclines but never felt the need to go with all fours at any time. A couple of nice views on the way up (have to use spur trails to see them but they are not far). I don't have the... More

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194 reviews 194 reviews
54 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Looking Glass Rock is beautiful from a distance. However, the rounded surface at the top gives an optical illusion that it is flat. Many people have fallen to their deaths from this place. I advise admiring it from a distance. Friends of ours lost their dog when well-meaning dog sitters took it and their dog to the top on a... More

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