Looking Glass Falls

Height: 60 feet
Trail Type: Asphalt
Hike Distance: A few yards
Difficulty: 1
Beauty: 8


This might be the most popular waterfall in North Carolina because it’s right beside a major US highway and anyone who can fit inside a car can see it. In the summer, the shoulder will be packed with cars. The viewing area and the pool beneath the falls will be inundated with people. If that sounds awful to you, go first thing in the morning or when it’s cold and you’ll have the place all to yourself.

Despite the crowds, Looking Glass Falls is a majestic site. The Davidson River freefalls over an open rock face into a shallow pool. There is a large rock wall opposite of the viewing area that really amplifies the sound of the falls.


From the intersection of US 64 and US 276 in Brevard, head north on US 276 for about 5.5 miles. The falls are on the right. If you miss it, you’re bad at finding things.

Hike Description:

There isn’t really one. You can view the falls from a viewing deck beside the road, or you can head down the paved path to another viewing deck. From there, you can easily climb over the edge and swim in the river.

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