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Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass rock, located near Brevard NC in Pisgah National Forest is one of the most popular waterfalls in The Blue Ridge mountains and the most visited waterfall in North Carolina.  Not only is Looking Glass Falls large and beautiful, it’s literally right next to a main road, making accessibility easy.   Looking Glass Falls is visible from the road, and getting an even better view is just a very short walk down some stairs.

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls

Location:  On Highway 276, outside of Brevard NC
Roundtrip Distance: Just a short walk
Difficulty: Very Easy
Features:  Waterfall, swimming
Directions: Take US 276 North from Brevard for six miles.  Or take U.S. 276 South from the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 10 miles.  There is a long parking lot along US 276

Recommended Gear: Digital camera and be sure to bring a bathing suit, towels and water shoes if you think you might want to swim below the falls.

Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is named after Looking Glass Rock, as the creek the Falls is on is also called Looking Glass Creek, which flows past Looking Glass Rock.  Looking Glass Rock is a very large Mountain/Rock, visible off the Parkway, that during the winter, it’s rock faces often get covered with ice, giving the appearance of a “looking glass”, especially in the early mornings.

Looking Glass Rock

Looking Glass Rock from the same named overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

From the parking lot , you can get a nice view of the falls without having to walk down any stairs.  This is really nice for those having physical limitations.   For a better view. walk down the short flight of stairs to the observation deck.  Here’s the view from the deck:

Looking Glass Falls Deck View

Looking Glass Falls Deck View

From the deck, you can climb down onto the rocks, and get to the bottom of the falls, which is a popular place for wading and swimming during the summer.   Going down below the falls is a popular place for photographers, and provides the best view of the falls and of the Looking Glass Creek.  Here’s another photo I took from this location recently:

Looking Glass Falls

A view taken next to the creek below the falls.

Here you can see a family wading and playing in the water below the falls.  Just be careful, the rocks can be slick.

Looking Glass Falls Kids Playing

Kids playing at the base of Looking Glass Rock

Looking Glass Falls is a gorgeous 50 foot waterfall that should definitely be on your list of things to see while visiting the NC Blue Ridge.   Sliding Rock is just a short drive up the road, and visiting both makes for a great day outing.  Here’s a video of the fall:

Make sure you also check out our list of favorite waterfalls in NC and also our top 10 family friendly hiking trails!

Leave a Comment:

deaconsbench says October 13, 2014

In the video, start watching the left side where the greenery and large rock meet. Twice there is something moving from left to right. Cryptid? Hmm?

    Larry says October 16, 2014

    The greenery looks like it’s on top of the rock, but it’s not. There is a path between the rock and the greenery, the two things moving are people’s heads as they walk down to the water. Almost an optical illusion! Thanks for watching the video.

Vanessa Ventre says December 6, 2014

How would one find out if it’s possible to hold a small wedding at Looking Glass Falls? Who would we talk to /ask?

    Larry says December 6, 2014

    Hi Vanessa – I would just call the National Park Service. I’m sure they could tell you.

    Jennifer bowman says March 21, 2016

    Hi Vanessa , did you ever find out about that? I’m hoping to get married there on July 13th

      Hannah says July 28, 2016

      Did anyone find any information out on getting married there?

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