Waterfalls and blueberries
3.4 miles: Moderate
For a somewhat scary name, this place sure is beautiful and one of the attractions that make NC cabin rentals in the western part of the state so popular. The fields are a wonderful place to see wildflowers, pick blueberries, play in the stream or look at waterfalls. Some visitors think the Yellowstone Prong creek was named for the national park, but the label actually comes from the yellowish tint to the local rock.
There’s also some controversy about the name Graveyard Fields. Some say the charred tree trunks from the fire of 1925 look like tombstones. Others say the name predates that fire, and comes from the mounds of dirt that were created from decomposed trees blown down in a massive storm 500-1000 years ago.
This trail has some uphill hiking, earning it a “moderate” rating.
On the trail
This trail is well-marked and easy to follow. From the parking lot, head down the paved trail to the bridge that crosses the Yellowstone Prong. Turn right at the fork to visit Second Falls. After viewing these waterfalls, backtrack to the intersection and head in the opposite direction, to some meadows and Upper Falls.
From Willow Winds, take a right on Sweeten Creek Road. Drive 0.5 miles and then take a left on Rock Hill Road at the traffic light. Drive one mile down and then take a left on Hendersonville Road. Just 0.2 miles down, take a right onto the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Graveyard Fields parking lot lies just off the parkway at mile 419.