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 look more closely. You may see your reflection in the waterfall’s natural “looking glass”.

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The Best Things to Do at Looking Glass Falls

Enjoy the Outdoor Recreation

Tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Fall’s unique location lends itself to some incredible outdoor recreation. You will find plenty of nearby trails and places to explore. Swimming is also allowed in the falls! Hike the Looking Glass Rock Trail. Afterwards, dip your toes into the waterfalls. Photography is also a popular activity!

The Best Time to Visit

Looking Glass Falls earns its name from the natural mirror that forms during the winter. However, it is a great destination to enjoy throughout the four seasons. During the autumn, you can look forward to brilliant red and yellow foliage in the surrounding Pisgah National Forest. In the summer, swimming at Looking Glass Falls is a great way to cool down. Every season presents a unique opportunity to discover Looking Glass Falls from a new perspective, so it is always a great time to visit!

Explore the Surrounding Area

If you take a trip to Looking Glass Falls, remember to take advantage of the other attractions in the surrounding area. Looking Glass Falls is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you will find 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, 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!

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