the perfect sunset spots in western NC

4 of the Most Perfect Sunset Spots in Western NC

A relaxing trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains wouldn’t be complete without an unforgettable night under the stars. Discover all of the perfect sunset spots in Western NC during your next visit to The Esmeralda. Whether you’re watching it fade away from the top of Chimney Rock or unwinding in the comforts of your mountainside suite, you won’t be disappointed with the view. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start chasing sunsets. 

There are so many reasons to make a trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Whether you are looking for farm-to-table eats, locally made products, or family-friendly activities, you will find them all here. Read on to discover some of our favorite ways to spend a day on the farm. Afterward, find more simple ways to enjoy the North Carolina mountains in our free Chimney Rock Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on farmers markets, apple orchards, restaurants, and more, so you can spend less time planning and more time exploring.

Where to Find the Perfect Sunset Spots in Western NC

Get lost underneath the clear mountain sky during your next vacation. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer scenic views that you can’t find anywhere else in the world, and everything is better with an illuminating sunset. We have your complete guide to the perfect sunset spots in Western NC.


Located directly next to our cozy bed and breakfast is Chimney Rock State Park. The 6,800-acre park offers cascading waterfalls, wood-lined walking trails, and a stunning lookout at the top of Chimney Rock. It’s a view you won’t soon forget, and watching the setting sun from the top will be a memory that is sure to last a lifetime.


Mount Mitchell State Park offers the highest point east of the Mississippi. The summit sits at 6,684 feet and overlooks the forest of firs and pines below. If you’re looking to impress your Instagram following, this is the place to get that jaw-dropping sunset photo. Mount Mitchell is definitely worth the trip during your next Blue Ridge getaway.  


Chances are you’ll find yourself along the Blue Ridge Parkway at some point during your trip to Western North Carolina. If you’re running behind and worried about missing out on a fabulous sunset, don’t fret. Just about anywhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway is an excellent spot to (safely) pull over to witness a stunning sunset. Trust us—there’s no need to rush. 


Bearwallow Mountain is located just outside of Asheville and is the perfect place to unwind in a field of wildflowers. Hiking trails are open year-round, and the view from the top is unobstructed and refreshes the soul. Don’t miss out on a sunset view from this peaceful oasis in Western North Carolina. 

End Your Day in the Comforts of The Esmeralda

We may be biased, but we think the best place to watch the sunset over the mountains is right from your room at The Esmeralda. Book your stay in Premium Mountain View King Room and enjoy panoramic views of Chimney Rock State Park and the Rocky Broad River. The room boasts a plush king-size bed, a Bose Wave Radio, microfiber plush robes, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning.

Enjoy the ultimate romantic getaway with our Romantic Escape Package. The package includes a 60-minute couples massage, a bottle of wine, and a $50 dinner voucher to indulge in our onsite dining room. End your night with an uninterrupted view of the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you won’t ever want to leave!

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