Just north of the small town of Brevard, North Carolina, Looking Glass Falls is a favorite of visitors of the Pisgah National Forest. These fairy like falls are easy to see from the road, but also have a staircase to the bottom.
About halfway down the stairs is a viewing platform perfect for photos. The bottom of the stairs provide access to the rock pooled base of the falls, and the river.
In summer, crowds gather in the river to enjoy the cold water. It’s a fun family atmosphere, with locals and tourists enjoying the scenery.
I am going to be a little bit of a buzzkill. Do be careful about swimming near the waterfall. Waterfalls can and do cause underwater currents. These currents can drag and hold you under the water, or push you into the submerged rocks. There are plenty of safe places on the river.