Looking Glass Falls

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA

About Looking Glass Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2012-10-18
Date last visited: 2012-10-18

Waterfall Latitude: 35.29613
Waterfall Longitude: -82.76864

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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 popularity of this falls, the only thing that really kept us from lingering longer than we did was the presence of yellow jacket wasps, which seemed to hover around the sweets tossed in the rubbish bins by the walking path.

Looking_Glass_Falls_001_20121018 - The long pullout
Looking_Glass_Falls_003_20121018 - View of the falls from the top of the steps
Looking_Glass_Falls_007_20121018 - Descending towards the falls
Looking_Glass_Falls_012_20121018 - Another look at the falls
Looking_Glass_Falls_018_20121018 - Frontal view of the falls from the creek bed


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.

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

Tagged with: pisgah, national forest, blue ridge, parkway, transylvania county, north carolina, waterfall, brevard

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Looking Glass Waterfall Pisgah National Forest June 25, 2011 8:35 pm by BJ Winchester - 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 any. I'm listing the most popular one and will load the pdf of the brochure of some of the others. Enjoy. I know TLC sings a song, Don't… ...Read More

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