Graveyard Fields Trail

Canton, North Carolina

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Its gruesome name notwithstanding, Graveyard Fields is an enormously popular and much beloved trail. The area was named for devastating forest fires that swept through in 1925, burning 25,000 acres, and in 1942, burning an equal amount, leaving the high-elevation valley with blackened tree stumps that looked like tombstones. The popularity both for hikers and their dogs is understandable. Graveyard Fields boasts a well-marked, easy-to-follow trail, two waterfalls, riverside viewing, blueberry picking in late summer, and, at this high elevation, cool temperatures throughout the summer.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Its gruesome name notwithstanding, Graveyard Fields is an enormously popular and much beloved trail. The area was named for devastating forest fires that swept through in 1925, burning 25,000 acres, and in 1942, burning an equal amount, leaving the high-elevation valley with blackened tree stumps that looked like tombstones.

The popularity both for hikers and their dogs is understandable. Graveyard Fields boasts a well-marked, easy-to-follow trail, two waterfalls, riverside viewing, blueberry picking in late summer, and, at this high elevation, cool temperatures throughout the summer.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway; Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Shining Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Graveyard Fields Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/27/2008
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This is a classic drive up close to Asheville. You can view the lower falls after a short 10 minute hike or venture further to the upper falls. Fall foliage is superior but catch it early since this high elevation is known for its winds.



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