Photo: Romantic Asheville

There’s no rock structure in the Pisgah Ranger District quite as iconic as Looking Glass Rock. The trail is challenging, but for those willing to brave the lengthy ascent, the views from the top are an ample reward. Exercise caution on this trail and try to plan your visit for dry weather. Trail conditions are less than ideal after a heavy rain.
Difficulty: Moderate/Hard
Distance: 6.4 mi
Map: Nat Geo 780; Pisgah Ranger District Location: From Asheville, NC, take I826 east to the exit for the Asheville Airport (exit 40). Turn right onto NC 280; the highway for 16 miles toward Brevard. At the intersection with US highways 276 and 64, turn right onto US 276 west (follow signs for Pisgah National Forest). Follow US 276 for 5.2 miles; turn left onto FR 475. The trailhead parking area is on the right after 0.4 miles.