Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The waterfall above is creatively referred to as "Second Falls". It's located in the popular Graveyard Fields area off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 419. A short walk from the parking area (0.3 miles) will take you to a nice overlook of this 60 foot waterfall. Another waterfall, Yellowstone Falls is further downstream. A third waterfall, known as "Upper Falls," is upstream -- a 1.6 mile hike from the parking area. The Sherpa Guide lists the beautiful Graveyard Fields area as one of the most popular hiking areas in all of western North Carolina. In case you're wondering, there aren't graves at Graveyard Fields. The name originated with a tremendous windstorm centuries ago that toppled trees in the area, creating mounds of dirt that looked like graves. These mounds were destroyed in a "catastrophic" forest fire in 1925.