Graveyard Fields

Canton, North Carolina

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5 Reviews
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The big news here is that this very popular trailhead was greatly expanded and facilities significantly improved in 2014 with funding from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the USDA Forest Service, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Solar restrooms were installed and many trail improvements went in, including sections of boardwalk and interpretive signing.This two-waterfall loop explores a high, alpine-like valley and can include the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

The big news here is that this very popular trailhead was greatly expanded and facilities significantly improved in 2014 with funding from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the
USDA Forest Service, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Solar restrooms were
installed and many trail improvements went in, including sections of boardwalk and
interpretive signing.This two-waterfall loop explores a high, alpine-like valley and can include the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Distance: 1.4-4.5 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Additional Use: Swimming
Features: Waterfalls
Local Maps: USGS Shining Rock. Pisgah National Forest’s Shining Rock–Middle Prong Wilderness map. www.nationalforestmapstore.com/category-s/1844.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Graveyard Fields

Recent Trail Reviews

10/10/2010
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One of my all time fave destinations in western NC. The large rocks in the river are fun to walk on, nice swimming hole at the bottom of the lower falls. And the BEST wild blueberry picking locale anywhere! Tons of bushes in season! A bit crowded, particularly closer to the parking lot and lower falls, and during the busier seasons. But worth seeing!


6/10/2008
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Make sure to hit this area either in a cooler season or early in the morning, as there is very little cover. Pretty crowded, but second falls is gorgeous and worth fighting the crowds. There is an excellent group camp site about half a mile from upper falls. This area is a little more secluded from the parking area and a great stop to stop and camp if hiking on the mountain to sea trail. (Small detour) Overall very interesting area, worth checking out.


11/13/2006
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Very cool hike, we arrived at about.. 630, so it was dark. This made it kind of difficult to find a campsite, but there are several so eventually we were able to camp. The next day we hiked up the ridge trail. About halfway up there is a random intersection not on the map that leads to the Mountains to Sea trail which loops around the ridge, an easy hike, great views of Balsam, and no trees blocking the view of Graveyard Fields. A+


4/14/2003
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Graveyard fields is a great starting point for some outstanding hiking. This area fills up rather quickly on nice days so think about your timing if you want seclusion. I suggest hiking up to Ivestor gap via the Art Loeb trail which you can access from Graveyard fields. This hike rolls along the ridge tops and crosses Tennant Mountain where there is a plaque marking the history of theis mountain. At the right time with noone around this place is truly inspiring as the views seem to be endless. Although highly traveled (especially during berry season) this is still one of my sentimental favorites. See you on the trail !!!!!


12/7/2000
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Access from the Parkway, Great views of creek and falls. Trails in great shape with connectors to Ivestor Gap trail. Graveyard Fields is an area that burned out years ago and just now starting re-growth. No hiking gear required, BRP mile marker 418.



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