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ATTENTION: per my apple gps the above is what shoes. Seems many are confused. We will do the two waterfall hikes.
Graveyard Fields is a very popular hiking trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 418.8) south of Asheville. The Yellowstone Prong is the water source for two waterfalls in a mile-high valley filled with wildflowers and surrounded by the 6,000-ft. peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area got its name years ago from the tree stumps that looked like grave stones in a graveyard setting. The trees were toppled by a huge wind several hundred years ago. Then in 1925, an intense fire burned the recently logged area, and the forest has been slow in recovering since.
ATT: The upper is MODERATE
Lower (or Second) Falls just 1/3 of a mile hike from the parking area. While it's a short hike, you'll have quite a few steps and uphill sections on your way back. Start from the overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a map on the sign at the parking area. Take the trail at the lower end (right side looking away from Parkway) of the parking area. This descends down a paved path through a thick patch of rhododendron, down some steps and to a bridge. Cross the bridge, turn right along the trail until you come to the first trail intersection to the right, and descend a long flight of steps to viewing platform for Lower Falls. Get a closer look from the boulders at the base of the falls. On hot summer days, Lower Falls is a popular swimming hole for splashing around in the cool mountain water. The rocks are slick and there are no lifeguards on duty. So be careful!
ATT: Easy and a water hike for swimming.
Graveyard Fields Directions
Do not rely on GPS! Simply drive the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville to Milepost 418.8, about 37 miles southwest of downtown. It's about 10 miles past Mt. Pisgah. Heads up: this section of the Parkway is often closed in the winter for ice and snow. See our Top 12 Parkway Waterfalls. For a mile-by-mile list of other places to see along to the way, go our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide.
Dogs on leashes allowed. Bring a snack, along with hiking gear, for those wanting to swim.. bathing suits/towels etc.
Graveyard parking area is just past milepost 418
Blue Ridge visitor center
195 Hemphill Knob RD
Asheville, NC 28803
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US Forest Regional[masked]–4200
Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, falling 811 ft.! The Upper Falls plummets 411 ft. and is 60 miles from downtown Asheville in the Nantahala National Forest. It's on the Whitewater River in the Jocassee Gorge area of North Carolina - in Jackson County. The 400-ft. Lower Falls can be accessed from a different location in South Carolina.
For an excellent view of Upper Whitewater Falls, follow the paved 1/4-mile walkway to the upper overlook. The walkway begins at the end of the parking lot and is accessible to wheelchairs. A lower overlook with an even better view (photos above) is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps. The only full views of the waterfall are from these two overlooks. However, some people venture off the trail to try for better views. Tragically, several of these people fell to their deaths or suffered serious injuries at Whitewater Falls. Please stay on the trails.
More energetic hikers can continue down the half-mile spur trail that drops 600 ft. in elevation to the Whitewater River and Foothills Trail. It's a nice spot to swim and hang out on the big rocks. Once down the set of stairs, the trail switchbacks down the mountain and is steep in places. It will be very slippery on a wet day. Cross the metal bridge and take the path to the left towards the falls. To the right is the Foothills Trail which will take you down the river, past the base of Corbin Creek Falls, and into South Carolina. The trail towards the falls is rather treacherous and hard to follow in places.
Dawn until dusk, year-round.
Fee (honor system): $2 for vehicles with seven passengers or less. This is subject to change.
The parking area for Upper Whitewater Falls is large and includes picnic tables and restrooms.
There is a Whitewater Falls Entrance which from cashier, nc is on NC 281, from brevard, nc from US64 turn left onto NC 281, head south.
Www.blue ridge heritage.com/destinations/whitewater-falls/
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Hello! Carrigan Farms has just opened.
I will be making reservations for June-once dates are released
- Open swim, boulder jumping, etc.
2 Carrigan restaurant : food and beverages
A cost is associated with reservations. No food, alcohol can be brought to swim area
You have to wear a life vest unless you pass swim test.
More to come!! Please feel free to visit their website for location information and rules. Just put in Carrigan Farms in your browser
One Republic convert.
Please see PNC link below or go to ticket master. M
I’ll be posting more information soon.