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Old 06-16-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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Default Best Place to Watch Sunset?

Can anybody recommend a good place to watch a sunset in the Charlotte area? I'm looking for a mountain where we could have a picnic dinner. I'm thinking it should be under 90 miles from uptown Charlotte, so that it can just be a dinner trip. Please let me know of anything -- mountains or hills or lookout points, etc.

I'm from Austin, Texas and my girlfriend and I frequented Mount Bonnell, so I'm trying to find a similar place in the Charlotte area.


Thanks for your help!

EDIT: Just to clarify, we don't really enjoy hiking -- Mount Bonnell in Austin only had about 90 steps to the top! So something that is easily accessible by car would be great.

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Can anybody recommend a good place to watch a sunset in the Charlotte area? I'm looking for a mountain where we could have a picnic dinner. I'm thinking it should be under 90 miles from uptown Charlotte, so that it can just be a dinner trip. Please let me know of anything -- mountains or hills or lookout points, etc.

I'm from Austin, Texas and my girlfriend and I frequented Mount Bonnell, so I'm trying to find a similar place in the Charlotte area.


Thanks for your help!
90 minutes from Charlotte will be tough. Crowders Mt and Kings Mt are the closest to Charlotte - though they are really just big hills in my opinion. But to get where you could even see the sunset you'd have to hike to the top of them carrying your whole picnic and then start down right away to be off the trail before darkness. So, right here in Charlotte I would recommend you take your picnic to McDowell Park on Lake Wylie. There are picnic tables right at the waters edge facing west so you do get a nice sunset over the water
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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It isn't a mountain but one of the best places in Charlotte is the Whitewater Park. Cost ya $5 to park but the sun sets right over the river with a fantastic view from the park.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Can anybody recommend a good place to watch a sunset in the Charlotte area? I'm looking for a mountain where we could have a picnic dinner. I'm thinking it should be under 90 miles from uptown Charlotte, so that it can just be a dinner trip. Please let me know of anything -- mountains or hills or lookout points, etc.

I'm from Austin, Texas and my girlfriend and I frequented Mount Bonnell, so I'm trying to find a similar place in the Charlotte area.


Thanks for your help!

EDIT: Just to clarify, we don't really enjoy hiking -- Mount Bonnell in Austin only had about 90 steps to the top! So something that is easily accessible by car would be great.

Grandfather Mountain. May be 2 hours from Charlotte. Also, Chimney Rock about 90 minutes to two hours away (at most).
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Providence Downs - Union County
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Grandfather Mountain. May be 2 hours from Charlotte. Also, Chimney Rock about 90 minutes to two hours away (at most).
Seems like a long way to go to watch the sunset. How bout you just go on a parking deck or building near uptown and watch it set over the city haha. Seems easier but not nearly as cool
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Lake Norman...Ramsey Creek...I-77 @ Exit 28 ( turn left ) not too fancy, but nice. Whitewater ...is the best.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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And now for something completely different, but since Charlotte has no mountains, here is my take (besides Mr Mitchell which is too far)...

Search your personal network and find someone who works in one of the taller buildings down town. From there make contact with a maintenance supervisor of the building and see what it would take to let you guys on the roof for a half hour while you picnic.
More than likely some $ in the right person's hand would allow this to be done.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Fifty miles from Charlotte: Morrow Mountain State Park (Elevation 900 feet)

N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation: - Welcome to Morrow Mountain State Park
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Lake Norman...Ramsey Creek...I-77 @ Exit 28 ( turn left ) not too fancy, but nice. Whitewater ...is the best.
x2 for Ramsey Creek:

I got some better sunset photos from there on my other computer, but this one should do for now probably taken around March or April last year based on Gabriel's size and he's standing about 100 feet from where the water line should have been...


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Old 06-16-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Woops, that pick is from Jetton Park, but it's just across the cove from Ramsey Creek (a trained and experienced swimmer could make the swim).

So there you have it, either one for a sunset picnic, but Ramsey Creek may have the better setup with their shelters and picnic tables.
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