Looking Glass Falls

Pisgah National Forest / Transylvania County, North Carolina, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Looking Glass Falls

TABLE OF CONTENTS



[Back to top]

INTRODUCTION

Looking Glass Falls was certainly one of the prettier and easy-to-access waterfalls we've seen during our time in Brevard. As a result, this 60ft falls was definitely popular.

I have to believe this also had to be one of the most photographed and painted waterfalls as we had seen numerous photos and depictions of it in galleries, restaurants, and even books, maps, and brochures scattered throughout the town of Brevard and its surroundings. Perhaps it was its shape with a slanted top and width (thanks to its reliable flow) that made this one seem so pleasing to our eyes (and those of many others, I'm sure).

Although the falls could be seen from the long pullout or car park alongside the highway 276, there were steps that led down to the creek bed where we could get more frontal views of the waterfall. Besides the popularity of this falls, the only thing that really kept us from lingering longer than we did was the presence of swarms of yellow jacket wasps, which seemed to hover around the sweets and soda containers tossed in the rubbish bins by the walking path.




[Back to top]

PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking Glass Falls with Autumn colorsLooking Glass Falls with Autumn colors
We based ourselves in Brevard, which was where we accessed most of the waterfalls we saw in western North CarolinaWe based ourselves in Brevard, which was where we accessed most of the waterfalls we saw in western North Carolina
We were able to re-join the Blue Ridge Parkway by continuing north past Looking Glass Falls.  This view was on the way west to the Graveyard FieldsWe were able to re-join the Blue Ridge Parkway by continuing north past Looking Glass Falls. This view was on the way west to the Graveyard Fields
The long pulloutThe long pullout

View of the falls from the top of the stepsView of the falls from the top of the steps

Descending towards the fallsDescending towards the falls

Another look at the fallsAnother look at the falls

Frontal view of the falls from the creek bedFrontal view of the falls from the creek bed


[Back to top]

VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Zoomed in on the falls from an upper vantage point before zooming out for context


Bottom up sweep of the falls from the lowest vantage point


[Back to top]

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of Hwy 276 (Pisgah Hwy), Hwy 64 (Asheville Hwy), and also Hwy 280 (New Henderson Hwy) on the northeastern outskirts of Brevard, turn left at the light onto Hwy 276 and drive it for 5.8 miles (give or take). Look for a very long pullout to parallel park on the right side of the highway. Generally given the amount of commotion here, you can't miss it.

If you happened to be coming from Asheville, the quickest way to get to the falls would be to drive south on the I-26 to the Hwy 280 and head south on the Hwy 280 towards Brevard before turning right onto Hwy 276. This route was said to be 37 miles or around 45-60 minutes drive.

As for some geographical context, Brevard was 35 miles (under an hour drive) south of Asheville, 47 miles (90 minutes drive) northwest of Greenville, South Carolina, and 126 miles (2.5 hours drive) west of Charlotte.




[Back to top]

ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




[Back to top]

MAP OF THE FALLS



Click here for the full World of Waterfalls map





[Back to top]

TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




[Back to top]

TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




[Back to top]

NEARBY WATERFALLS




[Back to top]

RELATED PAGES



Have You Been To This Waterfall?

Share your experience!

Click here to see visitor comments for this waterfall

Click here to see visitor comments for other waterfalls that we've visited in this region

Click here to go to the Comments Main Page

You can use the form below, but if you find our host's interface too troublesome to use (especially if you're trying to upload photos), then just send a text submission anyways using the form, but also let us know that you'd like to attach photos. If you've provided an email address via the form, then we can reply back acknowledging your request, and you can then reply to that email with your photo attachments. We're very sorry about this, but there's not much we can do about SBI's terrible interface.

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Looking Glass Waterfall Pisgah National Forest 
I'm so excited to introduce those of you who read this website to Transylvania County, Brevard NC home to 260 waterfalls! I can't believe nobody has posted …

Click here to write your own.



[Back to top]

[Go to the North Carolina Waterfalls Page]

[Go to the Eastern US Page]


[Return from Looking Glass Falls to the World of Waterfalls Home Page]