Milepost 418.8 on Blue Ridge Parkway
Graveyard Fields is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 418.8. It is one of the most popular hiking areas in the North Carolina mountains. One theory for the name Gravyard Fields is that many years ago a windstorm uprooted the trees leaving behind stumps that give the appearance of a graveyard and the stumps resembling gravestones.
There are two lovely waterfalls at Graveyard Fields, along with a good variety of plants, wildflowers, and berry bushes. In the summer and fall, hikers enjoy picking the blueberries. Some blackberries and gooseberries can also be found.
A unique loop trail winds through this high-elevation and there are two spurs that lead to the waterfalls. While hiking, you will see Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and hardwoods.
Two miles West of Graveyard Fields at Milepost 420 is the spur to Black Balsam Knob and Sam's Knob, two high peaks that offer panoramic views of the mountains.