• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

Looking Glass Falls is a quick stop off of Highway 276. This 60 foot waterfall offers a wading pool at the base, which is a great spot to cool off in the warmer months.

This is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in the area. If you've come to visit it on a warmer day, remember to pack your bathing suit. This magnificent 60 foot waterfall has a pool at it's base that you can wade, swim, and cool off in. Remember to be careful as the rocks under the falls are slick, so be careful if you enter the pool.

From the parking area, you can head down the stairs and cross the railing for different perspectives of the falls. For info on getting the best photos of the falls, check out this adventure.

Pack List

  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic lunch
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Not really a hike. You just hop out of your car and walk down some steps. The Falls are pretty but very crowded

7 months ago
7 months ago

The waterfall is relatively close to the entrance of the forest, so in mid-May it was teaming with swimmers and site seers. Beautiful waterfall, but hard to get a picture without lots of people in it.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Not much of a hike and there's usually a lot of foot traffic. But it's a beautiful waterfall to photograph!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

We stopped off at this waterfall before jumping on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a super easy walk down to the base and you'll inevitably end up staying for at least an hour so be prepared for that. In the summer I've heard it's swarming with people but we went during the fall and and had no problems with too many people being there. Loved this waterfall!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. Highly recommend!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I probably stayed at this waterfall for two hours just taking photos and even came back at night to take some more. Awesome place, and really close to Davidson River Campground!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Absolutely breath taking area. Highly recommend to anyone.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

These falls are beautiful and well-photographed. The main drawback is that since it is very accessible, it is usually pretty crowded and there is not a lot of space near the base of the falls to picnic. It's worth seeing if you're in the area though.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

We visited Looking Glass falls in a warm but muggy July day. At 3pm it was quite crowded. But it was still fun to jump in and swim right up to the falls. There is a rock right at the base of the falls that lets you stand there. Some people were even ducking under the water and going behind the waterfall! Easy access and a beautiful waterfall, I would just recommend going early in the day or later to avoid the massive crowds.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Steve Yocom

25 years young. Burst at the seems, be what you dream. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Adventuring whenever I can!

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