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By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Destination Hike: John Rock Loop


Last updated 1/16/2017 at 6:26pm

The view of Looking Glass Rock is probably the best one in the forest. On a clear day rock climbers can be seen making the summit.In the winter, sheets of ice sometimes form, giving the rock its namesake. (Photos courtesy of Althea Dunn)

Our weekly destination hike is John Rock loop in Pisgah National Forest. The John Rock loop might be one of the better-known hikes in the forest, but that doesn't make it any less appealing. The hike can be done as a five-mile loop or a 3-mile "out and back," depending on ability.

In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps was established to provide work for men ages 18 to 25. One of the earliest camps was Camp Pisgah Forest, later renamed Camp John Rock, and it was actually the first on USFS lands in North Carolina. While many people dismissed the CCC as Franklin Roosevelt's "tree army," a...

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