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.
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
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.
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:
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:
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 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: