Sunburst Falls seems like an odd name given the names of the other waterfalls up and down NC 215 but, as it turns out, the falls are named for the nearby community of Sunburst.
From the intersection of NC 215 and The Blue Ridge Parkway, take 215 north for about 4.1 miles. This will take you to a high arch stone bridge built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. You can park on the left just past the bridge.
Walking back to the bridge, you can look upstream at the West Fork of the Pigeon River as it drops steeply from up the mountain. Although the water may be coming down more than 100 feet, it provides little in the way of a view.
No matter. What most folks come to see is on the other side of the bridge anyway. From where you are parked, walk directly across the road and you’ll find a scramble down to the river. Rock hop over to where you get a clear view up under the stone bridge. There you will see 3 consecutive short plunges that then deposit the river into a base pool. Looking back up under the bridge, you can see some of the upper section of Sunburst Falls.
The photo you take here will be striking.