Chestoa View Overlook – North Carolina Elopement “Vista with Views”

Elopement Chestoa Overlook guide with photos and tips

Why Elope at Chestoa View Overlook

At 4,090 ft. Chestoa View Overlook, often referred to as simply Chestoa Overlook, is a beautiful little rock vista that’s easy to miss while driving along on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not only is it simply a great place to sight-see, but it is a truly awe-inspiring outdoor elopement location for saying vows, poppin’ bubbly, and having your first dance as a married couple.

With so many nature spots to choose from when planning your North Carolina Elopement, you’ll want to consider Chestoa Overlook for its’ accessibility, 180 degree views, and sense of privacy.

Our couples have loved this “vista with the views” because it truly feels like their own. Below we’re featuring our favorite Chestoa View Overlook elopement photography that we’ve captured, as well as details about why this seemingly “secret spot” might just be the place you’d like to start your adventure in marriage!


Couple hugs on mountain


Private Feel

While Chestoa Overlook is a public place to hike and explore, the vista where most couples choose to hold their ceremony is cozy, with just enough room for you and your partner, officiant, and photographer, and maybe a few friends and family.

Friends and Family watch elopement ceremony at Overlook

This is a good thing because hikers and other visitors will see you are marrying here and will most likely not venture out onto the vista/platform as there isn’t really space for them.

LGBTQ Wedding Ceremony Bride wipes tears of partner

lgbtq ceremony with friends watching Asheville Elopement

Chestoa View Overlook does require a permit for marrying here. Whether you live near-by or out of state, we can help you through this process with the guidance of our resident Wedding Planner Cassie!

When planning your Chestoa Elopement, Cassie is your go-to who will help bring everything to life, including coordinating with the vendors on our team here at Elope Outdoors.

From talented videographers, to cake-baker, photographer, florist, and officiant – we do it all in our NC mountain elopement packages! 

Meet our Team!

Elopement Planner Asheville NC


Stellar Views

The views here are really one-of-a-kind. When you arrive at the rock-walled viewing area, Table Rock and Grandfather mountain can be seen among the sky with mountain peaks in all directions. You can also see the Linville Gorge below.

Imagine listening to your officiant share a deeply meaningful reading or quote you love while gazing out into the vastness of the mountains. It is in this space that we can feel free and remember our connection to nature.

Bride goes down steps with help from Father on elopement

Leading to the ceremony site is a cinematic staircase that’s waiting for you to descend down it to meet your partner. There is a gorgeous wooded area surrounding the steps and the treetops spill over the top of the vista overlook, crowning you with some shade and providing a grounding force from the earthy trees.

Bride walks down staircase Chestoa Overlook

Truly no words can do this view justice, so take a look below and just envision everything else melting away, aside from the love between you and your partner on your once-in-lifetime day.

First dance brides

Check out this full elopement gallery from a couple who married here on a gorgeous November day.



A deciding factor for many when considering a Chestoa View Overlook elopement is how easy and short the walk from the parking lot to the overlook is.

Couple in the parking lot by Jeep after wedding

You can pull right up to the large parking area and within minutes, you will be walking under a quarter mile down a small wooded path to the staircase that leads to the vista.

If you or a loved one has any mobility issues, health conditions, or simply do not want to hike in your wedding dress, Chestoa View Overlook is THE place to be!

Although the overlook area is quite small, bringing a small amount of guests is not totally out of the question, as they can pretty comfortably see and hear your ceremony standing or sitting on the staircase.

Couple marries Chestoa Overlook

Chestoa Overlook is also only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville and the closest towns are Marion, Morganton, Linville, and Lake James.



Pretty, Pretty Pictures

If you haven’t realized it yet, Chestoa Overlook as a backdrop makes for some pretty pictures – and it’s not just the mountain view.

There is a woodsy area with paths to stroll down with your love and amazing rock-face walls to take family or couples photos in front of.

Coupe Portraits Rocks

couple embraces at chestoa overlook

The staircase is also just begging for a photo-shoot as the light touches down just right on your partner as you snuggle up together on the steps.

Portraits woods chestoa overlook

Getting your gallery back and seeing variety is one of our goals as a photography-focused elopement company and the backdrops at Chestoa Overlook make that easy!

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Considering a summer elopement? You are in luck because the best times of year at Chestoa Overlook are between April – September.

That’s when the weather is generally more mild and you avoid extreme cold temperatures and parkway closures.  Fall color usually peaks in October so keep that in mind if you’d like an autumn elopement! 

After checking out these views from this sweet little vista, you might be considering your own Chestoa Overlook elopement.

If so, reach out to us today, we would love to chat with you and help plan your dream ceremony and elopement experience!


Couple celebrates marriage with fist in air