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TimeOutside: Glassy Mountain

Corey Glenn
The spectacular views from Glassy Mountain’s rock face of the rolling hills and high Blue Ridge attract many visitors from near and far.

Fall brings out the beauty of the landscape, and there is perhaps nowhere better to view it than Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve.

Glassy Mountain lies just outside of Pickens, under 40 minutes from campus. It protects a gneiss and granite monolith which protrudes above the rolling countryside.

The many rock faces provide spectacular views in all directions, including the Greenville skyline, Paris Mountain State Park, Caesar’s Head, Table Rock State Park, Whiteside Mountain, Rabun Bald and other sights of the Blue Ridge.

A trailhead starts shortly after the main road turns to Glassy Mountain Baptist Church and winds around the mountain for just under a mile, connecting the various rock faces before reaching the top, where there is more parking near the abandoned fire tower.

The mountain is also a popular evening destination, with the summit providing some easily accessible views of the lights of Greenville.

Overall, if spectacular vistas are what you crave, and you’re not really looking for a long workout, Glassy Mountain is the perfect excursion for you.

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