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Graveyard Fields

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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  • Rhododendron roots, moss, and stones cover the side of the trail leading into the valley.- Graveyard Fields
  • A viewing deck and wooden bridge span Yellowstone Prong.- Graveyard Fields
  • Water is filtered through the rock system into the river.- Graveyard Fields
  • An overview of the narrow Yellowstone Prong.- Graveyard Fields
  • Signs at the major intersections denote different trails.- Graveyard Fields
  • A hiker on the trail to Upper Falls.- Graveyard Fields
  • The marshy delicate plantlife of the valley struggles to grow back after massive wildfires sterilized the soil.- Graveyard Fields
  • Signs of plant diversity.- Graveyard Fields
  • Upper Falls.- Graveyard Fields
  • The Graveyard Fields hike is dog and kid friendly.- Graveyard Fields
  • Cairns mark the trail at several points where there are no signs.- Graveyard Fields
  • Another view of Upper Falls.- Graveyard Fields
  • A close-up view of the action.- Graveyard Fields
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lots of trails. Waterfalls.
Cons: 
Large crowds. Many confusing spur trails.
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Alerts: 
Camping in the valley is currently prohibited due to bear activity.
Region:
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
423.00 ft (128.93 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,000.00 ft (1,524.00 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Graveyard Fields is a loop trail directly off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in a valley at the base of Mount Pisgah that connects to trails such as the Art Loeb Trail. It's unknown how the location gained its name, but it is thought that extensive logging in the area left only tree stumps that resembled grave stones. 

The trailhead begins in the parking area, which has spectacular views of the valley below. Public restrooms can also be found at the trailhead. There are two separate paths to complete the loop. One trail begins by winding down a paved path to the main bridge over Yellowstone Prong (the river running through the valley), and the other is more natural and bypasses Second Falls on its way to Upper Falls. The loop is roughly 3.2 miles long and is good for most skill levels. The trail is very muddy in portions, and there are many spur trails that can be confusing, so bring a map or GPS.

At Upper Falls there is a small pool for wading at the bottom of the falls and lots of spaces to rest on the rocks and watch the water flow by after a nice hike. Spring and fall are the ideal times of year to visit due to the colorful foliage and wildflowers that spring up in the valley. Bear canisters are required for camping in the areas around Graveyard Fields.

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