I had the good fortune of being at Newfound Gap just before dark. It’s an excellent place to watch the sun sink into the Smoky Mountains.
At Newfound Gap, there’s a large parking area and viewpoint. I took the first picture there, but decided to venture to the next (smaller) parking area, just around the next curve. That’s where I found the best view of the setting sun.
Grab a good spot (one that’s not blocked by trees)…
… and watch as the sun sinks. It will probably disappear behind clouds before it makes it to the horizon.
Even after sunset (or any time of day) this is a great place to view the Smoky Mountains, as they fall into line, one in front of the next.
Note: This trip was first published in 2006.