Looking Glass Rock is an iconic, granitic pluton (i.e., an amazing and massive mountain-sized rock) in the heart of the Pisgah Ranger District. This classic hike is a steep and enjoyable climb to the summit and beyond, for some incredible views!
This hike is doable for all ages, but bring food, water, and a spirit for adventure! At the bald rock overlook beyond the peak, you'll have amazing views of the Pisgah Ridge, along which the Blue Ridge Parkway runs, as well as the higher peaks of the Shining Rock Wilderness beyond. Be especially careful for pets and children here, however, since it can be very slippery along the cliff in cold or wet conditions.
Taking NC 276 into Pisgah Ranger District, take a left on FR-475 toward the fish hatchery. Before you get to the fish hatchery, you will pass the parking area and trailhead on the right. The parking for this popular trail fills up quickly, so get an early start to ensure a great parking spot and a bit of solitude!
Map to trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/tYqnZnFmgs92
Steep and rough sections. Ends at slick rock overlook, above cliff. Take great care with children at the overlook.
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