Looking Glass Falls at Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC. Read our blog on Looking Glass Falls to learn more about this special waterfall!

The Best Things to Do at Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is a beautiful North Carolina waterfall that is true to its namesake. During the winter, the sides of the falls freeze and transform into a wintry wonder. The frozen ice glistens in the sun, but you can see your reflection with a closer look! 

Looking Glass Falls is just one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets. If you are looking for more brilliant waterfalls and natural hidden treasures, simply download our free Chimney Rock Vacation Guide. Our guide includes over 100 amazing activities and local attractions in the area!

The Best Things to Do at Looking Glass Falls

Where is Looking Glass Falls and How Did it Get its Name

Tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Fall’s unique location lends itself to some incredible outdoor recreation. The name Looking Glass is best understood in the winter when the water freezes and, thanks to sunlight, becomes an incredible mirror for your early morning! The waterfall is a 60-foot drop that is easily accessible while you visit Brevard, NC. 

How do you Find Looking Glass Falls

Looking Glass Falls is popular because it is easy to find and is a very gentle climbing hike to reach. Just park at the Looking Glass Falls Parking lot and take the well-blazed 3-mile, 1,700-foot hike to the falls. Allow for a whole day as the hike can take 4-5 hours roundtrip if you’re a family or prefer to take your time and sightsee as you navigate Pisgah National Forest. 

What is Around Looking Glass Falls

While you are at Looking Glass Falls, you are allowed to swim, take pictures, and bring food but be sure not to climb on rocks as they are wet and can be very risky. Looking Glass Falls is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you will find an abundance of natural treasures and brilliant waterfalls. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, you will also find the 50-foot free-falling waterfall of Moore Cove Falls. Other popular scenic destinations include the Mt. Pisgah Trail and Fryingpan Mountain Tower, both located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Book Your Stay at the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

Looking Glass Falls is one hour away from Chimney Rock, making it an ideal day trip during your stay at the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Whether you want to explore Hickory Nut Gorge or simply admire the stunning mountain views from your bedroom window, you can do it all at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. 

Our Rocky Broad River Cabin is one of our most requested accommodations. This beautiful cabin features two bedrooms and a jetted tub and is just steps away from the Rocky Broad River. All of our guests enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning, along with many other special amenities that make the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant a destination in and of itself. Check our availability today. We can’t wait to host you!


Looking for more North Carolina waterfalls like Looking Glass Falls? Read our blog on 5 of the most beautiful North Carolina waterfalls!