Sunset Rock Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
141 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers


Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust 828-526-1111

12 days ago

Beautiful spot for sunshine!

1 month ago

Definitely the place to view the sunset on a clear night. There are a few parking spots near the rock itself but a better bet is to park at the bottom of the gravel road across from the Nature Center and walk the half mile up, as turning around in the limited parking area can be tough. Lots of room to sit on the rocks and enjoy, even when there are 50 or 60 other people with the same plan. A must see in Highlands!

6 months ago

Views at top are nice. Trail is not pleasant to walk. Not much of a hike. But, a walk up the road.

The road is very boring for kids. Only took about .3 of a mile for them to get bored.

The views are great from the top. The east view is beautiful and the west is a bit more developed within the view. Sunset is amazing. I will make the track again for a sunrise.

Head up early if you want to catch sunset. A lot of people go up for that.

Worth the views and especially for sunset!


7 months ago

Cute little walk with the kids and dogs. Beautiful view! You used to be able to drive to the trail head but last time we were there you had to walk the road to get there.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

two trails one goes to a sunrise point snd one goes to a sunset vista, both are worth seeing at any time of day. came across a mama black bear and 2 cubs, they were about 50 ft from everyone way too close for comfort. keep a sharp eye!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Beautiful overlook!!! Nice trail to walk in the evenings or early morning for some exercise!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike that won't totally kick your butt! Good workout climbing up on a gravel road and nice views on the top. We park in town to get a little extra walking in. A good beginner hike!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

good hike nice vews

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Very easy. You walk on a dirt road. Cars can drive on the trail as well. Other than that, it's a great place to go day or night

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pretty scenery and view of Highlands. Got there a bit early for sunset. Will return for photos.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Super easy hike. There is parking at top for a few vehicles, but not that far from the nature center parking lot. Very nice view at the top and nice benches to sit on.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A popular sunset destination in Highlands, NC, Sunset Rock "trail" takes you up a half-mile gravel road to an exposed granite rock face overlooking the town and Brushy Face Mountain to the west. From Highlands downtown, take Main Street to Horse Cove Road to the Highlands Nature Center and Botanical Gardens. Park right across the street and follow the sign to Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park. The trail is now marked "Hiking Trail Only" and is a private drive so do not block the road - you can actually drive up to a three car parking area at the top near the monument for Ravenel Park. Sunset Rock is to the right. Great place for blankets and some refreshments during sunset or just overlooking the town.

Monday, February 22, 2016

This hike was very easy, so it would be great with pets or even young children/toddlers. Didn't have a sunset when I visited, but the clouds and fog misting over the mountains was a pretty sight.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Best view of Highlands from up high. Well worth the hike at Sunset.

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