Looking Glass Rock Trail (Brevard): Looking Glass Rock’s stone face is one of the more recognizable landmarks from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The shear face is a popular climbing spot while the trail to the summit rewards hikers with stunning views. This moderately difficult hike climbs 1700 feet in 3 miles and is well marked with yellow blazes. As with all summit hikes, be careful when you reach the top as this mountain peak features a large granite slab that slowly gets more steep and is deceptively dangerous. The 500-foot-tall granite monolith dome makes for great views so pack a lunch and soak in the views after the hike.
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Directions from Brevard: At the intersection of Hwy 276 in Pisgah Forest, make a left turn into Pisgah National Forest and follow Hwy 276 for 5.3 miles and turn left at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education sign. Head a half mile to the parking area on your right.