Graveyard Fields is a very popular hiking trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 418.8) south of Asheville. The Yellowstone Prong is the water source for two waterfalls in a mile-high valley filled with wildflowers and surrounded by the 6,000-ft. peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area got its name years ago from the tree stumps that looked like grave stones in a graveyard setting. It’s one of the few hiking places along the Parkway with restrooms! Take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall or a much-longer 3.5-mile loop through the meadow to a second waterfall.
“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.”
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