Back at it again, my mom and I took to the mountains for a quick hike! The Graveyard Fields/Graveyard Falls trail has been on our list to hike for a while now. The hike is right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 418.8. There's a large overlook area with a restroom facility and a map of the trail so it's easy to find and not too far from Asheville!
When we arrived it was misting rain and looked cloudy but as we started, the sun came out and it was beautiful! We started out going down a stone staircase near the bathrooms. It's just a very short bit until we arrived at a bridge/platform for viewing the lower falls. If you turn right after the bridge, there is a swimming area from what I understand, however we went straight/left/up to continue on to the Upper Falls. The trail weaves through blueberry bushes! Many people were picking them and taking them home! It also has wooden planks for much of the trail which is kind of interesting.
The trail was soooo muddy! There were a lot of places where we had to take short little side routes off the main trail to avoid giant mud pits. It seems that it may often be this way becaue the little side routes were well worn and easy to navigate back to the main path. The trail does twist and turn a lot, though, so at times we were afraid we were getting lost! Follow signage for the Upper Falls whenever you see it.
|View from the Bridge|
Overall, we really enjoyed this hike! I always love waterfalls! It's pretty easy and level with the exception of the end near the Upper Falls and I love that it's close by to Asheville. Give this hike a try!