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Waterrock Knob Sunset

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 451.2: Waterrock Knob Visitor Center and Park Store 

An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.

The nearly 360-degree view from Waterrock Knob stretches the eyes over the heart of the Southern Highlands – including all of the major southern mountain ranges: the Great Balsams, Great Smokies, Cowees, Nantahalas, Blue Ridge Mountains, Newfound Mountains, Blacks, and Craggies.

Waterrock Knob Trail is the southernmost hiking trail along the Parkway on the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering fantastic views both east and west.

Pit toilets are available and water is available when the park store is open.

What to Do

  • Explore the visitor center and learn more about the site and the region – open seasonally
  • Watch a majestic sunrise or sunset as light dances across the mountains
  • Enjoy a moderate to strenuous hike (0.6 miles one way) to the top of the summit and witness breathtaking views of the Smokies and Maggie Valley


ADA Accessibility

  • restrooms are wheelchair accessible
  • visitor center is wheelchair accessible
  • information is wheelchair accessible
  • exhibits are wheelchair accessible
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 451.2
Sylva, NC 28779
Exit at Milepost 423.2, 455.7