Oak Hill Cemetery Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Madams and mayors, a soldier of the American Revolution and a leader of the civil rights movement, plantation owners and industrialists, victims of riots and murder and cholera, all resting in peace in a beautiful spot overlooking the city they shaped. A cemetery may seem an unlikely place for a hike, but you could spend years here gathering the stories waiting to be told.
Modern cemeteries are mostly austere and spare places. But Oak Hill, founded in 1871, in the earliest days of the city, is a romantic celebration of death. Grand monuments and fine statuary, magnolias and oaks grace the winding walkways that mount a hillside. It can be a bear to run up on hot summer day. But once you crest that hill at the northern corner and begin your descent, you’re rewarded with one of best views of city skyline. It’s particularly pretty in the fall, with the leaves in full blaze, dying off for another winter."