Don’t Miss That Sunset

There’s no doubt the dazzling sunsets in Gatlinburg are something to behold. Your friends at White Oak Lodge and Resort would like to share some of the best spots for you to enjoy a glorious sunset.

Pick the right vantage point, and you’ll be delighted with the vistas—fiery oranges, vibrant golds, and mellow mauves are just a few of the colors in the Smoky Mountain sunset spectrum. To enjoy the best sunset views, you need to get up high.

Clingmans Dome
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains and an unmatched place to watch the sky change as the sun goes down. At this altitude, the colors linger for a long time. Take the short but steep hike from the parking lot up to the Observation Tower for 360-degree views. Don’t forget to take a flashlight for the walk back.

Morton Overlook on U.S. 441
Arrive early to find a parking spot at this popular sunset viewing site. It’s well worth it, since a series of mountain ridges that fade to blue into the background make a fabulous frame for the sunset.

Newfound Gap Parking Area
Halfway between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, N.C., you’ll find this parking area, which has views to the east and west. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and the sunrise.

Gatlinburg Space Needle
With 360-degrees of Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains, you can’t find a better place to catch the sun setting behind Crockett mountain. The Space Needle’s observation deck is 400 feet above town, providing unobstructed views.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Most of the trail has too much vegetation for a good spot to view and photograph the sunset. But if you bear right toward the end of the trail rather than taking the loop, you’ll find lookout points that will reward you with amazing sunset views.

It doesn’t matter which spot you choose for catching the sunset, as long as you don’t miss this opportunity next time you’re at White Oak Lodge and Resort.

Do you have a favorite Gatlinburg or Smoky Mountain spot for watching sunsets? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.