Graveyard Fields is a very popular hiking trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 418.8), just 45 miles (73 km) southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. While this is not a designated stargazing area, the trail is accessible by the public year-round and offers two waterfalls in a mile-high valley, filled with wildflowers and surrounded by the 6,000 foot (1,800 m) peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One EarthSky reader says it’s a “nice flat location to view the stars in the Pisgah Forest in Western NC. Nice and dark sky with a view of the Milky Way or meteor showers. Note, there is no overnight camping closed due to heavy bear activity, but you can park along the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the safety of your car.” For more information, please visit online.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!