Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina

Looking Glass Falls in March 2009

Looking Glass Falls just so happens to be one of my favorite waterfalls in North Carolina, though there are a number of other equally impressive falls in the state. Looking Glass Falls is found in Pisgah National Forest in the waterfall-infested Transylvania County. The first plus is that is very easy to visit, being found right off of US-276. The drive to the falls is amazingly beautiful, even in the time just before spring.

Once you get to the falls, you have two options. The first option is to view the falls without much effort. It is disability accessible when not going to the base. Even from this viewpoint, it’s impressive. If you have the option of heading down the base, you definitely should. From here, you can get some great shots of the falls. The rock hanging to the upper right of the falls is uniquely interesting, and the shadows that form on the falls make this a gem.

Directions:

  1. From Brevard, drive north on US-276.
  2. After about 5.5 miles you’ll pass the pullout/parking for Looking Glass Falls.
  3. Pull off on the right, park, and head to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: negligible (essentially roadside)

Where in the World is Looking Glass Falls?

Batson Creek/Connestee Falls, North Carolina

Should I suggest visiting Batson Creek and Connestee Creek Falls? I don’t know. On the one hand, the falls are right off of US-276 and it is very easy to get to the “viewpoint.” On the other hand, the view is rather disappointing. I get the sense that there may be a better viewpoint somewhere else, but I’m not totally sure.

The current viewpoint blocks off most of the view of Connestee Falls. Looking on the internet, I’ve seen pictures of the falls, but I’m not sure how they got to view them. It seemed pretty blocked off to me. If you look in the picture, you can see stairs that lead down next to Batson Creek Falls, but I think those are blocked from use as they look pretty slippery and just abruptly end! It seems that a boardwalk was built after I visited, but still doesn’t allow for great viewing. From what I understand, the best views are to be had for those that are in the housing development in the area.

Directions:

  1. The park, if it is open, is found off US-276 south of Brevard, about 6 miles south of the city.
  2. If you are driving south, the falls are on your right side at the Top of the Falls Realty center (which may be named something else now).

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 85′
Length of Hike: negligible

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Batson Creek/Connestee Falls in March 2009

Where in the World are Batson Creek/Connestee Falls?