One of the many things Western North Carolina is known for is the breathtaking mountain views. Hike through the forests to the scenic overlooks, then pause at the awe-inspiring landscape. Clouds meet the distant peaks to create some of the most beautiful sights you have ever witnessed. Here are our favorite North Carolina mountains with the best views! Don’t forget to access our complimentary Vacation Guide for the inside scoop on planning your mountain getaway.
5 Scenic Lookouts In North Carolina You Must Visit
1. Rough Ridge
Located on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, Rough Ridge is home to one of the best scenic overlooks in the state. To access this area, drive to milepost 302.8. From there, you can enjoy views of Grandfather Mountain, Linn Cove Viaduct, and Linville Gorge. If you hike about 1/3 of a mile, you will come to a boardwalk with great views. The higher you climb up the wooden stairs, the better the views get! Continue about a half-mile to the summit for panoramic views of the mountains.
2. Craggy Gardens
Experience the Craggy Gardens on the Craggy Pinnacle Trail. This short, 1.5-mile round trip hike has panoramic views at the top. On your way, you’ll be treated to colorful blooms. This area is known for its rhododendrons; if you would like to see them in full bloom, we recommend visiting in June.
3. Chimney Rock State Park
If you want to see the best views at Chimney Rock State Park, climb the Skyline Trail. This 20-minute hike is a moderate/strenuous trail, but what you see at the highest point is worth it. At the top, climbers are treated to views from the tallest peak in the park. See jaw-dropping sights from 2,480 feet up in the sky!
4. Black Balsam Knob
The height of the Black Balsam Knob is impressive; this mountain’s highest peak reaches 6,214 feet. This area has several balds, so you won’t have any trees in the way of your view. Try out the 5-mile loop starting at the Art Loeb Trail. Your journey will start through a shady alpine forest before you begin crossing over balds. You’ll see out for miles over the mountain range!
5. Bearwallow Mountain
Bearwallow Mountain is home to a 1-mile, well-maintained trail to its summit. When you reach the top, you get to enjoy to a grassy meadow with views of Mt. Mitchell to the northeast and Hendersonville to the west. In the summer, friendly cows make this meadow their pasture. It’s the perfect place to pack a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.
Book Your Mountain Getaway
In our opinion, the North Carolina mountain with the best views is in Saluda. Orchard Inn sits atop a mountain with sweeping views of foliage and distant ranges. No matter which accommodation you stay in, all you have to do is look out your window to enjoy it. Browse our rooms, cottages, and suites to pick your favorite, then book your stay! We look forward to being your home base during your mountain getaway.