If you've been craving some outdoor time and some incredible views, hiking North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest might be the answer. There are plenty of trails that have waterfall views and mossy forest hues, but one trail here shows you a side of the state you might not have seen before. There's so much worth exploring in the Tarheel State, but why not start here?

You'll find Looking Glass Rock Trail about an hour outside of Asheville.

The hike is about 3.1 miles each way and is a bit more of a difficult one, but the views are so rewarding. Beware that the last mile before you make it to the summit is the steepest, so make sure you rest before conquering it.

You'll also have scenic views for miles of the infamous Pisgah National Forest as you wind your way through the trees on your quest for these heavenly cloud views.

On some mornings and on the most cloudy, rainy days, you'll actually be one with the clouds when you make it to the top.

Throughout your hike, you'll weave through a wooded forest that'll take you past small creeks and waterfalls.

The summit is a rocky cliff, so take caution when at the top. The valley below is quite the drop. There's plenty of room to have your own little spot and enjoy the views alone.

While you're in the area, you should check out Looking Glass Falls. This 60-foot cascading waterfall with a crystal clear pool below it is a sight to behold. 

There are plenty of rocks around the waterfall you can lay your towel on to relax, or wade out to swim in the glistening waters of the pool below.

This spot is also pet-friendly so you can bring your furry friend along for the workout if you need a hiking buddy as long as they're on a leash.

This is only one of many hikes in North Carolina that'll give you views you just can't get enough of.

Looking Glass Rock Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC — From the Pisgah District Ranger Station parking lot, turn right to go north on US 276. About 4 miles down the road, take a left on FS 475. The trailhead will be on the left side of the road about a quarter of a mile down.

Why You Need To Go: This hike will take you up to a rocky summit where you'll have scenic views for miles and miles. Sweeping forest and cloud views are a sight worth the trek.


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