Elizabethton take Rte. 19E to the town of Roan Mountain. Turn
right onto Rte. 143 and proceed 12.8 miles to the TN/NC state
line. This is Carver's Gap. From the gap turn right
and follow the signs to the top of the mountain. There will be a
toll station for $3 per car. After that, stay right with
signs directing you to the old Cloudland Hotel site. You pull
into a parking lot, and the trailhead to Sunset Rock is
immediately on your left as you enter this lot. The trail
is called the "Cloudland Trail." Park
Trails - To get to Sunset Rock..
After parking you'll walk up the
Cloudland Trail until it forks. Take the right fork to
Sunset Rock. It's a very short hike... less than 0.1 mile.
the sunset we drove to the Rhododendron Gardens (follow signs) and
walked down the asphalt trail to the overlook deck.
OUT & BACK
Catawba Rhododendrons bloom
everywhere in June.
here for hike rating reference guide.