Looking Glass Rock is a pluton, originally formed by underground volcanic activity. Plutons are enormous masses of molten rock that have hardened under the earth’s surface. Centuries of erosion helped expose the rock and shaped it into the landmark we see & admire today.


The Looking Glass Rock name is derived from the dazzling reflection sunlight produces from its granite face after a rain shower. The reflection is especially dramatic in winter time when the water turns to ice. Looking Glass Rock has been a landmark in the southern Appalachian Mountains for generations.

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Arguably the most photographed (and most accessible) waterfall east of the Mississippi River.