Blue Ridge Parkway
Graveyard Fields


Graveyard Fields is an exploration of two waterfalls and the carved valley between them.

Each of the falls can be explored by climbing on the surrounding rocks. The lower falls was quite crowded as it's an easy walk from the parking lot. My son and I had the upper falls to ourselves and we lazed on the rocks in the late afternoon sun, listening to the burble of the falls and enjoying the warmth of stone.

The parking lot is near Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 418, which is about 25 miles southwest of the Brevard Rd. entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC.
Coordinates for the hike: 35.3204440,-82.8470630
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is paved, smooth, and has lots of room for cars. There are no facilities near the parking the lot.
Trail observations
The trail exits down a wooden stairway to the right of the center of the arc of the parking lot. There is a large wooden trailhead sign near the stairs.
Head down the stairs, then descend along a paved path, crossing the Yellowstone river on a bridge. After the bridge, take a side trail right and head down another flight of wooden stairs to the bottom of the lower falls (called the second falls on the map in the parking lot).
You can play along the rocks at the bottom of the falls - my son and I had a good time rock hopping and exploring. From the bottom of the lower falls, reascend the staircase back to the branch, and take the trail heading to the upper falls.
After about 0.6 miles you will reach another branch that leads to the parking lot - bypass this and continue on to the upper falls.
From the upper falls, retrace your steps back to the branch and from there head to the parking lot.
Trail statistics
The trail is 3.74 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 196 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.08 miTrailheadHeading down the stairs from the parking lot
0.30 miRight to lowerBranch - go right towards lower falls
0.37 miStay rightBranch with MTS trail - stay right towards the lower falls
0.40 miGo down stairsHeading down the stairs
0.46 miWaterfallWaterfall
0.93 miRight and returnGo right to the lowers falls, then return and head to the upper falls
1.16 miGo rightBranch - go right
1.17 miGo leftBranch - go left towards the upper falls
1.35 miRight to upperGo right to the upper falls, then return here and head to the parking lot
2.29 miUpper fallsUpper falls
3.74 miParking lotEnd of trail
Trail map - Graveyard Fields
Altitude chart - Graveyard Fields Trailhead Right to lower Stay right Go down stairs Waterfall Right and return Go right Go left Right to upper Parking lot
Difficulty: Easy
Feature: Waterfall
Terrain : Hilly
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Paved
Type: Loop
View: Open
County: Haywood
State: North Carolina
Country: United States of America
Blue Ridge Great site for preparing to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Hike WNC site
National Park Service site for the Blue Ridge Parkway
PDF map of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Printable trail map in PDF format (29 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (3 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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