Through the shaded, winding roads of the Pisgah National Forest, you’ll find Looking Glass Falls just steps from the road’s right of way. Making this cascade one of the most accessible waterfalls around.
However, many of those cascades came with a long hike. Something that I was not up for with 2 whiny girls and a reluctant husband. (Sadly, they don’t share my same love of hiking.)
When I discovered that this waterfall was view-able from the road, I knew we had a winner! And we have been fortunate enough to see this waterfall twice since arriving in North Carolina 2 years ago.
The first time we visited Looking Glass Falls was during our fall camping trip, when we marked it off of our Fort Bragg Bucket List. We walked down to the bottom of the stairs and got as close to the falls as possible. I took tons of pictures and stood in awe of this beautiful cascade.
The second visit was during a summer camping trip. And I must admit that I much prefer Looking Glass Falls in the summer months. Not only could we walk down to the bottom of the stairs like the first time, but we were able to go even further. We climbed over the rocks and into the creek. If we had wanted to, we could have stood under the falls and taken a shower…except that the water was freezing.
The girls loved being able to get in the water. They climbed over rocks and dared each other to go closer and closer to the chute of water pouring over the rock cliff. And I was able to get some beautiful pictures!
Perhaps the best thing about this waterfall is that it didn’t involve a long hike.
This cascade is even accessible for those with mobility issues. There is a viewing area and bench at the top of the stairs. So, you don’t even have to walk down the stairs for a good view.
Looking Glass Falls is a definite must-see if you’re ever in the area!