Sunset Rock

Level of difficulty: Moderate (less than 300-foot elevation gain)

Driving distance/direction from downtown Highlands, NC: 0.5 miles out Horse Cove Road

Parking: Limited free parking adjacent to trailhead, across the road from Highlands Nature Center

Hiking distance: 1.2 miles round trip 

Description: Walk up Sunset Park Road from trailhead to turnaround at the top of this graveled road – overlook with wonderful view of Highlands village is immediately to the right.

Footnote: A narrow trail heading east from the turnaround leads to Sunrise Rock and a good view of Horse Cove. Do not block the road, which is a private roadway.

Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s Guide to Day Hikes.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
196 Burns Street, Suite 1
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173