Looking Glass is located in the Pisgah National Forest just outside of Brevard, NC. It houses multiple granite domes with the most prominent being Looking Glass. Looking Glass has something to offer every climber with beginner single pitch routes to committing multipitch routes. It is also a great place to hone your skills of trad climbing and climbing technique. One of the most popular routes on Looking Glass is the Nose. It is 400+ feet long with a rating of 5.8, though most of the climbing is 5.6 - 5.7. It offers great views of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest.
Linville Gorge offers some great adventurous climbing on well featured quartzite. There are many locations to climb in Linville Gorge, some are more remote than others. Table Rock is one of the most accessible climbing destinations due to a short approach, many easy to moderate climbs, and moderate use of fixed hardware. The climbing here is still very rewarding offering an amazing summit with views of Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge, and the Mount Mitchell range. With climbing from 5.4 - 5.10 everyone can have a good day on Table Rock. The next popular area is the Amphitheater. It boasts multiple easier lines that offer great exposure. With routes like the Mummy, Daddy, and the Prow, a person can log nearly 1000 feet of climbing on terrain no harder than 5.6. But prepare for an adventure with a gully descent and amazing exposure overlooking the Linville River. The last area is Shortoff. It takes commitment to another level. With a 2 mile approach, gully descent, and slightly harder climbing, Shortoff is the place to see what you are made of. Shortoff offers routes from 5.6 - 5.11.
Rumbling Bald is located near Lake Lure, NC in the Hickory Nut Gorge. It is a great cooler weather destination with a generally south facing aspect and lower elevation. It offers some fantastic single pitch, multipitch, and bouldering on gneiss. At Rumbling Bald, you will find multiple styles of climbing from crack, steeper face climbing, and technical face climbing on crisp edges. With climbs ranging from 5.5 to 5.13 every climber can find something to challenge them. Also, Rumbling Bald hosts some of the most concentrated bouldering in the state. Some classic routes include Fruit Loops, Frosted Flake, Comatose, and Flappin' in the Breeze.
Laurel Knob is the largest rock face in the Eastern US. It is owned by the Carolina Climbers Coalition and was their first land acquisition. This large granite face is characterized by water grooves as the main weakness for climbing. These water grooves are sometimes deep enough to surround you as you climb and other times only allow for tenuous stemming smears on their sides. Laurel Knob hosts routes from 5.6 to 5.12. Some classic routes include Groover, Seconds, and Fathom.