When it comes to amazing views, North Carolina might just take the cake. On one side of the state, incredible beaches dot the coastline with views for miles. On the other side, tall mountains and low valleys make for a scenic outdoor adventure. And if you're looking for things to do in North Carolina, this hiking trail will take you to a spot where you can admire the sunset like never before.

The Sunset Rock Trail at Ravenel Park in North Carolina is one of the dreamiest scenic hikes in the state. Only 0.7-miles one way, the path leads to a rocky amphitheater where hikers can sit to watch both sunrises and sunsets.

It will take you about 30 minutes to hike each way, making this short adventure the perfect excuse to get out of the house.

For those looking for a longer adventure, park in the second lot on Sunset Road and hike about two miles all the way up to the summit. This is a 4-mile round trip adventure versus a 1.4-mile round trip at the first stop.

The entire hike stretches along a gravel road, giving this trail an easy to moderate rating. There's no weaving in and out of trees or avoiding roots here so make sure you lace up those boots extra tight!

Once you reach the top, it can be hard making the trek back down as you leave those scenic views behind you. Grab your boo and bring a picnic to stay awhile as you watch the sunset and you suddenly have a cute day date.

While this spot is often heavily trafficked, the rockface at the summit is large enough for many visitors to sit comfortably and have your own space.

Sunset Rock was given to the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust all the way back in 1914. This amazing spot has been serving people breathtaking sunsets to drink in for over 100 years and now it's waiting for you to discover it.

Parking is completely free, and so is the hike — your wallet will thank you. This could be the perfect evening date spot that's both affordable and worth going back to enjoy time and time again.

Sunset Rock Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 131 Highlands Gate Dr., Highlands, NC

Why You Need To Go: The views at the summit are ones you can't get just anywhere. They don't call it Sunset Rock for nothin'.


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