Summary: Take the trail at the lower end of the parking area. This descends down a paved path for most of it's length but has some very rough spots near the river. Cross bridge, turn right along the trail until you come to the first trail intersection to the right, descend a long flight of steps to viewing platform for first waterfall. Return by same route, do not re-cross river but continue straight ahead, the upper falls is about 1 MI. ahead. On the return from the upper falls about 3/4 MI. turn right off the trail to cross the river on a wooden bridge. Continue on this trail to the exit at the upper end of the parking area.
There also are some very rough spots near the upper falls large rocks to negotiate. The trail splits just before the upper falls keep right, there should be a marker here indicating the correct path.
Take a look at the trail map at the parking area to familiarize yourself before leaving.
Trailhead: From Haywood Rd. in W. Asheville take NC-191 for seven MI. to entrance of Blue Ridge Parkway on right. Travel up ramp at intersection continue straight up grade (do not cross the river bridge) follow Park way aprox. 32/33 miles to MP 418 and large parking area for Graveyard Fields Overlook. This is where trail starts.
From Brevard at intersection of NC -280/276/64 take NC-276 N. it is 10/12 MI. to the parkway. Exit NC- 276 at the parkway and turn left, it is aprox. 6 MI. to MP 418 and the parking area from here. (Lat:35.19218 Lon:-82.50834)
Trail Guides for Graveyard Fields Loop:
North Carolina Hiking Trails (third edition)
by Allen de Hart (Appalachain Mountain Club Books.)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Pisgah Ranger District, District Ranger, 1-828-877-3265
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Owen, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Viewer on 1/10/2016
Very nice hike in an unusual flatland in this higher elevation. Trail to Second falls is now paved, fairly short & moderate. It's a beautiful fall & definitely worth doing if you're on the parkway. Allow some time though if you want to do Upper Falls. The trail here is flat & steepens near the falls, & is pretty rutted. Water volume is fairly low unless it's rained recently. A nice short hike nearby is Skinny Dip Falls, also on the Parkway. Not very high, but beautiful pools that you can swim in.
Reviewed by Chantele on 5/29/2013
Several of us went -my daughter (age 11), her friend (12)my boyfriend and our dog (age 3 1/2) all had a great time. Beautiful and it was very well maintained and I will definately be going back. Well worth the hike thru the fields and to the outer waterfall... :)
Reviewed by JL on 8/5/2011
FIX THE DIRECTIONS AT THE TOP IT IS MILE MARKER 418!!!
Reviewed by Janis on 8/4/2011
Love this trail. Bring your bathing suits!
Reviewed by Viewer on 5/23/2011
TRAILS WASHED VERY BADDLY IN NEED OF REPAIR AND WATER BREAKS IMPROVED
Reviewed by Jason on 7/31/2010
Asheville native and always been my favorite trail
Reviewed by sl on 5/28/2007
absolutely beautiful, my children loved the waterfalls, a fun place to relax for awhile
Reviewed by KM on 10/23/2006
It should be noted that the parking lot is not located at mile marker 410, but closer to 418. This is pretty helpful.
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