Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 418.8: Graveyard Fields Overlook
Graveyard Fields is named for the haunting skeletons of ancient trees punctuating an otherwise grassy field, as seen from above at the Graveyard Fields Overlook. The horizon beyond offers a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains. To call the overlook a vista is an understatement.
A moderately easy hike into the ravine is mostly built out with boardwalks and stairs. At the bottom, a bridge crosses the river and leads to the fields, continuing on to the wooded loop trail. Following the 2.3 mile loop, one comes to Yellowstone Falls.
A popular stop off, Graveyard Fields nevertheless maintains a feeling of wildness in its natural setting not often experienced.
The parking area here is often full, so plan your visit for early in the day on a weekday, if possible. Pit toilets are available at the trailhead but there is no fresh water available.