Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina
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.