Sunset Rock is an easy 1.2 round trip hike that’s a stone’s-throw from downtown Highlands (please don’t throw stones). At its summits, it offers breathtaking views of sunset over Highlands and Brushy Face and the pastoral grandeur of Horse Cove.
To locate the trail, take Main Street east from the intersection of Highways 28 and 64 a half-mile to the Highlands Nature Center. Park here and follow the sign indicating a gravel road to Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park. Although the trail is marked “Hiking Trail Only” it is a private drive so do not park as to block it. The road ends at a monument for Ravenel Park. Sunset Rock is to the right.
If you’re traveling from Cashiers, take US 64 west to Highlands — at the light on Main Street turn left.