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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  • The falls were an easy drive right outside of Brevard. No hiking involved drive up but if you want to go to the bottom there are quite a few stairs to go down. With the rains in the area the water was...  more »
  • Incredible waterfall, and it's right off the road. You can walk down the stairs for a closer look and to feel the mist. Nice picture opportunity.  more »
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  • No hike required to get to this gem. Sitting along the side of the road you have three levels of elevation to choose from while enjoying this view. All of which are fantastic but in my opinion it gets better the further you go down to the bottom. If you find yourself close to here I definitely recommend the quick stop, or maybe take your lunch here with you and enjoy the view. Also continuing up the road a little bit there is another waterfall that you can take an easy hike in to see.
  • Great falls, even though in winter it could be pretty cold, the scenery it's amazing. Really convenient for people with walking limitations as is one of the only Carolina falls that do not require any type of hike, it is right next to the main road. In summer warm days you can actually freshen up and jump in the still chilly water.

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