Looking Glass Falls
Located inside Pisgah National Forest along the roadside of U.S. Highway 276 & minutes from downtown Brevard, NC, Looking Glass Falls is arguably the most popular (and most photographed) waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Ample parking is available on the right shoulder of the road (as you head North), and a concrete walkway is provided for visitors as they approach the top of the falls.
Informational tidbits regarding Looking Glass Falls for those planning a visit:
miles from brevard
miles from asheville
Stairs to Bottom
approx parking spaces
Handicapped Accessible at Top
The adventurers in your group can head down the well maintained stairway, consisting of 91 steps, to the bottom observation point. During the summer, the basin pool is a popular wading area, but please be sure to abide by all safety warnings.?
A video snapshot of Looking Glass Falls roaring after a recent rain. Rainbow courtesy of Mother Nature : )
Tips when visiting Looking Glass Falls
1. Be Flexible
Looking Glass Falls is quite popular in the summer time. Plan your trip accordingly. Parking will be easier in the morning, and early evening. The falls are much more accessible during the winter months, but note, the Falls can – and regularly do – freeze over, creating a slippery environment at the base observation point.
2. Be Courteous
Due to its popularity, you may encounter small groups enjoying this local wonder. More people visiting & enjoying nature’s beauty is a great thing. A friendly ‘hello’ to a stranger is always a good idea. Or better yet, volunteer to take someones photo. You’ll find a smile on your face (& theirs) afterwards.
3. Stay Safe
To repeat, please abide by all safety signs – they’re there for a reason: to keep you safe. It’s never a good idea to climb up the rock wall, or to hike to the top of the falls for a view down. And we highly discourage venturing towards the base of the falls in winter months, as it freezes quite often.?
Stairway to the bottom:
For your convenience, here are several photographs (captured in winter) of the stairs which lead to the bottom observation point of Looking Glass Falls. Consisting of approximately 91 steps, this well-maintained stairway provides easy access for most travelers. Hiking boots not required – comfy sneakers are always recommended. Several (level) vantage points are nested along they way, providing additional resting spots for artists or photographers to frame the perfect shot.?