Looking Glass Falls Scenic Area

Area Status: Open

One of the most photographed waterfalls in the east. Located directly off of Hwy 276. Accessible top viewing deck, with stairs down to the creek. Be aware, there is no lifeguard on duty. Due to hazards created by Tropical Storm Fred, the stairs to the lower observation deck and the pool below the falls are closed as of August 28, 2021.


Parking is limited, please do not park in the road.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: PISGAH RD
FOREST CLOSURE ORDER NO. 08-11-07-21-118
for noted locations:
Setzer Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Education Center
Wildlife Education Center Visitor Parking Lot and the first 0.1 miles of FSR475C; Horse Cove
Sliding Rock Recreation Area
Wolf Ford Horse Camp
Cove Creek Group Camps(Upper&Lower)
Looking Glass Falls will apply only to the stairs to the lower
observation deck and the pool below the falls.
Sycamore Flats Recreation Area
North end of the Art Loeb Trailhead and Little East Fork Trailhead
475 – Davidson River Road (from Cove Creek to Gloucester Gap)
475 – Davidson River Road (from Balsam Grove to Gloucester Gap)
140 – Courthouse Creek Road
229 – Pilot Mountain Road Maps and Official Closure Order Available at this Link
Reservations: none
Fees: none
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Brevard
Water: none
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276. Drive approximately 6 miles on 276N. Falls located on right.

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