Glass Rock Trail
Plenty near the trailhead, No reliable source near the
Rating: Moderate to Strenuous: 6 out of 10
on the difficulty scale
Quality & Enjoyment Rating: 7 out of 10
distance: 6.4 miles (3.2 miles out and back)
Awesome views from the top
Yes, there are several good campsites on and near the
The Looking Glass Rock Trail climbs about 1700ft in just over three
miles. The many switchbacks along the way help make for a
long, but only moderately difficult climb.
The views from the top are well worth the effort! The trail
is well blazed and easy to follow all the way.
trail starts off following a stream with some small cascades along
the way, before beginning a series of switchbacks up the mountain.
Much of the trail takes you through tunnels of rhododendron and
about 2 miles, the trail reaches a flat rock area, which is used
as a Helicopter Pad by the Transylvania County Rescue Squad.
At this point a spur trail heads off to the left past the Helipad,
which leads to some nice views from Lower Looking Glass Cliffs.
the Helipad, the main trail heads off to the right and continues
its climb to the summit. There are a couple of nice campsites,
but you can't see much from the actual summit. The trail continues
past the summit and after a short descent you will arrive at Upper
Looking Glass Cliffs where you will be treated to some spectacular
views. Do not get too close to the edge!
It is very easy to slip, and a fall from here would most certainly
is another side trail that takes you to the NorthEast face of Looking
Glass Rock. However, this side trail is currently closed due
to it being a nesting site for the endangered Peregrine Falcon.
Therefore, after enjoying the views, return the way that you came.
There : From Brevard, NC. Head
North on US276. About 3 miles past the Pisgah Ranger Station
& Visitors Center, turn left on FS Road 475 (heading towards
the fish hatchery). Looking Glass Rock Trailhead and Parking
area is about 1/2 mile on the Right.