Saturday, May 26, 2007
Looking Glass Rock
Looking Glass Rock is an easily identifiable landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville, NC. The three-mile-long granite rock is a popular destination for hikers (see trail descriptions here and here) and professional climbers alike (see here). I found it interesting that portions of the rock are off limits to climbers from January 15 to August 15 each year in an effort to protect the peregrine falcon habitat. If you are in the Asheville, NC area, consider adding a 30 mile drive to Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway to your itinerary (see related post here). The parkway follows a ridge allowing stunning mountain views to both the east and west. There are 26 tunnels on the 469 mile parkway -- ten of which are found within this 30 mile section.