Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah Forest

Looking Glass Falls is a waterfall in Western North Carolina, located near Brevard.
The name comes from nearby Looking Glass Rock, which resembles a wintertime mirror of sunlight, as water freezes on its sides and reflects the sun, and from the name of the stream from which the falls plunge, Looking Glass Creek.
The waterway is Looking Glass Creek, which flows through the Pisgah National Forest.
The falls are open to the public and are accessible on the side of U.S. Highway 276, approximately 5.6 miles north of the intersection of 276, U.S. Highway 64, and NC Highway 280 in Brevard, North Carolina. It is an extremely popular waterfall, due to ease of access to the falls directly on the side of the road. There is a path that leads to the plunge pool. During the winter when the falls freeze solid, they are popular Ice Climbing destination.
According to local Emergency Services personnel, there have been many injuries and deaths at the falls, mainly due to individuals who rock climb near the edge of the falls and accidentally fall in the plunge pool, or persons who jump in the plunge pool. Persons who visit Looking Glass Falls should take care to respect both basic safety rules and the fragile environment that exist at the falls.
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  • This is an absolute beauty of a waterfall. Very high volume, and you can just stop your vehicle at the pullout on the side of the road to view it.  more »
  • We stopped here on our way home. It is a bit of a ways off the parkway and took awhile to find it. We took pictures and there were many people wading/swimming around in the water. I would advise not.....  more »
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  • It was gorgeous, cold mountain water at this time but when the sun comes out it is perfect. The area is very clean, has stairs to get down to the water and ample places to park on the road. And some cleared out areas for a picnic. It is also a short ride away from sliding rock so you can stop by there and continue your adventure for 3$ per person. So worth it. Bring some good shoes for the water, cause if you're getting in some of those rocks are slippery!
  • Very beautiful Water Falls! This is an amazing place to spend some summer time with family and friends. The access to the river and the falls is easy. Only some stairs and you will be next to the water. I recommend this place as a perfect spot to have fun and enjoy nature.

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