Best places to View the Sunset in Western North Carolina

There are few things better than a mountain sunset. Here are some of the best places to view the sunset in Western North Carolina:

  1. Jump Off Rock - Just 5 miles up the mountain from Brightwaters Vacation Rentals' private compound, you can watch the sunset from Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, at 3100 feet. It's a popular scenic overlook with panoramic mountain views. On the rock outcropping, you can see for miles and the signage helps you to identify the mountain peaks that you can see from there. On a crystal clear day, you can see South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia from this overlook. Along with the mountain views and benches, there are 1 easy and 2 moderate hiking trails. From the street parking, it's a short, flat walk to the view, so it's a great place for those with mobility issues to watch the sunset. Visitors often take picnics to Jump Off Rock park to enjoy the vistas. Don't forget to read the plaque that has the Legend of Jump Off Rock!
  2. Blue Ridge Parkway - The Blue Ridge Parkway has many scenic overlooks that are perfect for watching the sunset. Some of the best overlooks include Craggy Gardens (milepost 364), Waterrock Knob (milepost 451.2), and Richland Balsam (milepost 431).
  3. Chimney Rock State Park - Chimney Rock State Park offers a 315-foot granite monolith that provides 75-mile far stunning views overlooking Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. You can get to the top via an elevator or climb the 500 steps to the top of the "chimney". Watching the sunset from the top of Chimney Rock is an unforgettable experience. 
  4. Mount Mitchell State Park - Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The summit sits at 6,684 feet and is an impressive place to take sunset photos. The park's observation deck is an excellent spot to watch the sunset. 
  5. Max Patch - Max Patch is a 4,600-foot bald mountain that provides breath-taking 360-degree views of the surrounding area. It's a popular spot for hiking, picnicking, and watching the sunset.
  6. The Biltmore Estate - When visiting the the Biltmore Estate, stay later in the day to enjoy the setting of the sun. It's an unforgettable experience watching sweeping sunset view from the estate's gardens or the South Terrace.