Chasing that golden hour glow? Lucky for you, summer in Waynesville is the perfect time to enjoy stunning sunsets in the NC Smokies. After a day filled with exploring, shopping, or tasting your way through the town, a colorful sunset is the cherry on top. Check out these nearby places to take in some breathtaking views.
Located at Milepost 451.2, Waterrock Knob features the last hiking trail along the Parkway as you travel toward the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With a peak of 6,292 feet, is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States. This makes it a prime location for breathtaking sunset views.
Black Balsam Knob
If you’re looking for a more strenuous evening hike and a panoramic view that is absolutely worth the climb, Black Balsam Knob is the place to go. This 4,000-foot peak is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pack your camera because you won’t want to forget the moment you see a sunset from here.
Max Patch is a grassy bald in the Pisgah National Forest, just a short drive away from Waynesville. This popular spot is known for its 360-degree panoramic vistas, which you can enjoy as you watch the sun set over the horizon. This is also a great spot for a romantic picnic.
Devil’s Courthouse sits at an elevation of 5,720 ft on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s also unique because once at the top, visitors can see 3 different states—South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. The name might sound sinister, but those sunset views are heavenly.
A Smoky Mountain Cabin
Lastly, if you’re looking for a more private place to enjoy the sunset with your friends or family, consider staying in a mountainside cabin. Waynesville is home to so many options for you and your crew of travelers. Find the place that fits you, so you can enjoy a sunset every night if you wish!
Take in these warm summer sunsets while you can—each one is unique in its own beautiful way! While you’re out gazing at the blazing horizon, make sure you snap a few pictures and tag us with #Waynesville or @VisitNCSmokies.