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Western North Carolina Trail Guide – South Pisgah Ranger District Including Bent Creek by Pisgah Map Company LLC

Hike Stats

5.9 m, 2030 ft   M 

3967 ft max elevation

Seasonal Accessibility

This area is open all year.

Trailhead Coordinates

N35 17 27.06 W82 46 35.58 (DMS)
N35 17.451 W82 46.593 (DM)

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View – a spectacular 180 degree view of the Black Balsam area from the top of Looking Glass Rock with its huge, steep rock face.

Hike Profile – the out and back hike on the Looking Glass Rock trail is very popular and thus the trails are quite worn. The trail ascends rather sharp switch backs up a ridge to the backside of the knob where it becomes less steep. The crown of the knob at an elevation of 3967 feet begins to slope downward and the end of the trail comes out on top of the bare rock rounded slope. Great care needs to be taken to not venture farther than is safe.

Trail Surface – the trail is well worn due to erosion.

Environment – the trail goes through hemlock stands and an abundance of wildflower beds before it reaches the summit.

Navigation – the trail is well worn and therefore easy to follow from the trailhead to the summit. As you approach the summit, there are a couple of spur trails to go off to the left of the main trail that lead to clearings. These clearings are located in areas of pine trees on the exposed rocky dome and provide interesting resting and lunch spots.

Directions to Trailhead – from the intersection of NC 280 and US 276 north of Brevard, take US 276 north to FS 475 (Fish Hatchery Road). The trailhead is located on the right side of FS 475 just a short distance from US 276.

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