Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Looking Glass Falls, Brevard

We had company visiting from out of state recently and wanted to show them the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains through the Blue Ridge, Black and Smoky Mountains. What had been a 30 minute drive too all of three hours! We headed south but got detoured off and went quiet a ways out of the way to get back on the Parkway. I guess it was worth the extra travel time to be able to drive by these impressive waterfalls!

Looking Glass Falls, located near Asheville, is one of the most popular waterfalls in North Carolina, and perhaps the easiest to view. The name "Looking Glass" comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass. See the photos of Looking Glass Rock below - visible from the Parkway. Looking Glass Creek, which flows past the rock, is also named for the impressive natural structure.

Many other folks had stopped to view the falls from the detour on U.S. 276, Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, near Brevard in the Pisgah National Forest. We enjoyed nice views from the parking area along the road. The waterfall is 60 feet tall and after all our recent rains was really roaring!

Steps lead down to the falls for a close-up view. You can venture onto the rocks in the stream below the falls, and even do some wading and swim underneath the falling water.

To get to Looking Glass Falls, either take U.S. 276 North from Brevard about six miles. Or take U.S. 276 South from the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 10 miles. There is no admission fee.

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Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! What a hidden treasure this is and definitely well worth the detour and the longer trip! Wonderful!

And what a view! I like why the mountain and falls are called Looking Glass - that must be some spectacular scenery in winter when the rock glistens like a mirror! That really is a wonder of nature.

Thank you for sharing these fab pics and history of this beautiful area.

Take care

Martha Z said...

That is beautiful country, very different than my Sierra Nevada.

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Self Sagacity said...

Gorgeous water falls, ever cease to stop the work of mother nature. So many beautiful places to see.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful waterfalls, my hubby would love this one. Great series of photos.

Atticmag said...

There is nothing so tranquil as the sound of a waterfall. I can hear it through the photos :) Lovely pictures.
Jane T.

The Inspired Nest said...

Your pics made me miss my grandparents so much. They had a summer home in Sylva and I spent every summer with them. Thanks for sharing!

Luna Miranda said...

definitely worth the extra travel time. wonderful nature photos.

Heidi said...

How beautiful! The waterfalls are really impressive, and the hills and trees amaze me.
Just lovely! Thanks for sharing these pics.
Heidi - Heart and Home

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Beautiful hidden treasures!!!

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RNSANE said...

They are, indeed, beautiful but, after visiting Iguazu Falls, on the Agentinian-Brazilian border many years ago ( nine times the volume of water of Niagra ) nothing less amazes me anymore! That was like seeing the face of God.

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Elizabeth said...

Great photos of such a beautiful place.

Cai said...

nice scenery!
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EG Wow said...

I LOVE 30-minute drives that turn into 3-hour photo opportunities. The waterfalls are so pretty!

grey like snuffie said...

Wonderful. Years ago we started a trip with Asheville as our goal but we never made it. We were just roaming looking for waterfalls.We found so many, some involving hikes to get to them and we ran out of time before we got to Asheville. We must try the trip again but just drive on through all of Tenn. this time....

Nancy said...

Just lovely! I have always wanted to spend more time there. You have inspired me to get out and "see" Vermont where we have been for 4 years.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Gorgeous shots and a special treasure.

Jaz said...

Lovely picture...love the waterfall


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