Sunset Rock Trail

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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

1 day 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.

5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

8 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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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