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What's not to love about the panoramic view from John Rock?

It's a great place to rest in the sun, and admire Looking Glass Rock right across the valley. If you come during Peregrine falcon nesting season, see if you can spot them nesting on Looking Glass Rock.

The rock is sloped and can be very slippery if wet. It's around a 200' sheer drop, so you'll (obviously) want to be careful. I recommend you bring lunch or dinner along in your pack, and hike to the look out. That way, you can eat and enjoy the view with friends!

Short Hike: Park at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education & Fish Hatchery. Use the Cat Gap Loop trail to access the John Rock trail. If you want to do a simple hike in and out in a day, I recommend taking the eastern section of the Cat Gap Loop.

Family Friendly: Moderately difficult hike, but doable in a day. It's a great picnic location, and plenty for kids to explore.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Matthew Fedel

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Jun 15, 2022
Charly Jackson
Mar 20, 2021
Ryan Lanzel
Jan 4, 2021
Troy Warnken
look for the tree with the hollowed out trunk for a great spot to get out in the slickrock
Jul 27, 2020
Akiko Noma
Jul 6, 2020
Felipe Gonzalez
Amazing place and hike. Not a long one.
Aug 19, 2019
Tyler Seewer
Aug 10, 2019
John A
Jul 21, 2019
Billy Watson
Easier access from the east side. Awesome view. With Michelle Watson

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