About Looking Glass Falls
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 let alone one of the most photographed and painted waterfalls this side of North Carolina.
After all, we’ve seen it appear in numerous galleries, restaurants, and even published works (i.e. books, maps, and brochures) scattered throughout town.
Perhaps it was its shape with a slanted top and a wide girth (thanks to its reliable flow) that made this one seem so pleasing to our eyes (as well as those of many others, I’m sure).
Although the Looking Glass Falls could be seen from the long pullout alongside the highway 276 (see directions below), there were steps that led down to the creek bed where we got 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 yellow jacket wasps.
They seemed to be attracted to sweets tossed in the rubbish bins found the walking path to the falls.
Looking Glass Falls resides in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.
We’ll start the driving directions to Looking Glass Falls from Brevard since we stayed there.
From the intersection of Hwy 276 (Pisgah Hwy), Hwy 64 (Asheville Hwy), and also Hwy 280 (New Henderson Hwy) on the northeastern outskirts of town, 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.
Then, 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.