Deep in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, the promised land of western North Carolina, a plutonic monolith (read: one big igneous rock) rises up above the treetops to inspire climbers and hikers alike to look out on Transylvania County from the top! The sun’s reflection on the granite surface gives the mountain its name — Looking Glass Rock.
Classic climbs like the Nose, Peregrine and Glass Menagerie draw climbers from around the world to Looking Glass. The unique “eyebrow” formations make for a different style of climbing, and there are single and multi-pitch routes for climbers of all skill levels. There is free camping along the forest service roads that lead to the approach trails to the rock, and there are great restaurants and breweries in the nearby town of Brevard. Looking Glass is pretty much a climber’s dream come true!