North Carolina is a beautiful state on the eastern coast of the United States. I was amused to learn that there are in total, 10 state forests and 4 national forests. Pisgah is one of those four main national forests with a total of more than 46,000 acres. Apart from the flora and the fauna spread throughout the vastness of Pisgah, tourists and adventurers can find beautiful overlook spots to appreciate the gorgeous views. Additionally, waterfalls can be found in various locations with accesible entries for visitors to enjoy. It is worth mentioning the origins of the name “Looking Glass”. In the wintertime, water tends to freeze on sides of a famous and enormous rock called Looking Glass. Due to the waterfall’s proximity to this famous rock, it was decided to name it alike. Welcome to the beautiful Looking Glass waterfall.
About Looking Glass Waterfall
I arrived in Asheville for a week long span without biases or plans on what to do. It is the closest major city to Pisgah forest, with Brevard being the second. In general, all I wanted was an array of adventures, and I surely got it starting off with this great landmark. It was a sunny late October day, ideal for discovering amazing places. I was instructed to gather references on what to do from one of the visitor centers found in the forest.
I was happy to learn that apart from nice hikes, trails and overlooks all along the road, there were also several waterfalls to choose from. That was when I was presented the option of stopping by at Looking Glass and several others in the vicinity. I am a personal fanatic of asking around for anything and everything. I carry no shame when asking even the most obvious questions as long as I feel comfortable and secure.
It is common to find several tourists on a daily basis picturing this wonderful waterfall. There is a small parking space for vehicles on the side of the road. From there, you are able to make your way down to view the waterfall up front. Due to the constant dew, the stairs tend to get slippery. Leaves were spread out on the walkways since it was a bright autumn morning. It was my first visit, so I have no real notion of what it looks like in Looking Glass waterfall during other seasons of the year. Trees had shed much of their leaves but I found it personally magical to behold nonetheless.
As with any tourist place you visit, extra caution should be taken into matter for safety. The site does feature safe passages and stand by points that help you visualize, picture and enjoy the falls safely. The approximate time spent in the falls was of 20 minutes that included taking pictures, enjoying the dew from the waterfall, and climbing back to the top. If you’re looking for a quick adventure that can be combined with other activities in the vicinity , then consider Looking Glass as a great enjoyment option. Plus, it is a very easy walk down and back up again from the parking lot.
I am one that believes that memories stay with you forever, especially soothing ones like the observation of a pretty waterfall like Looking Glass. Not too huge, definitely not tiny, just a great natural place worth your time. Be sure to visit whenever you’re visiting North Carolina.