Amazing sunset view from the Turkey Creek Overlook on the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Copyright 2017 Jason Barnette

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5 Best Scenic Overlooks on the Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful and hidden drive through the mountains with lots of scenic overlooks, but which are the best for the mountain views and sunsets?

Three Days on the Cherohala Skyway

With three days on the Cherohala Skyway I discovered just why it's called the "Skyway", hiked a few trails, saw a stunning sunset, and spent some cozy nights camping by a lake.

The problem with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park being the most-visited in the country is that people tend to do the same thing year after year. How about something different?

Along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway are hundreds of scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and hidden destinations. But which of these have the best view for stunning sunsets?

Fort Macon State Park features one of the most impressive Civil War-era forts to fully explore while also enjoying access to the beach, a museum, and a nice gift shop.

I almost didn’t pull into the parking lot. I almost didn’t walk up those stairs. I almost didn’t see one of the most stunning overlooks on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. But fortunately I did pull into the parking lot, walk up the short flight of stairs, and spent two hours one morning just admiring […]

If you happen to be driving through Cherokee into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just before sunset chances are good you’ll spot an elk. Or several elk. Sometimes as many as two dozen will leave the dense forest behind in favor of feeding in the large field at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. But before […]

cleThe resilient USS North Carolina catches your attention across the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. You can’t help but notice this mighty battleship dominating the skyline along the waterway. A hop, skip, and a drive across the iconic Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and I was standing at the entrance to the Battleship North Carolina […]

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most iconic road trip destinations in the country. People come from far and wide to enjoy the scenic overlooks, exciting hiking, and winding roads of the two-lane Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. It’s not hard to find a list of things […]

Graveyard Fields has an interesting history, a nice hiking trail, and two gorgeous waterfalls to discover during a day trip drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

A large sign welcomes visitors to the “Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road”. At 6,053′ above sea level the Richland Balsam Overlook is the highest point on the entire Parkway and provides a stunning view of the lower mountain landscapes surrounding the peak. Take a selfie with the sign, enjoy a picnic, […]

The Cowee Mountain Overlook is one of the most stunning overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Richland Balsam, the highest point on the Parkway, Cowee Mountain offers an uninterrupted panorama view of the local mountain landscapes. It’s a favorite spot for sunset photos, day trips, or people just passing through. But it will […]