The Blue Ridge Parkway Guide by Virtual Blue Ridge
"America's Favorite Drive"
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States noted for its scenic beauty. The Parkway winds for 469.1 miles (755 km) from the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive in Virginia to U.S. 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC. It runs through the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains.
Blue Ridge Parkway Destination - Graveyard Fields, Milepost 418.8
The Graveyard Fields area is one of the most popular hiking areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Summer visitors enjoy seasonally cool days and can experience several waterfalls. Fall visitors experience vivid colors and the opportunity to collect blueberries. Anyone visiting Graveyard Fields that sees its open-faced natural beauty might wonder about the origin of its name. Most theories suggest that the destruction of a spruce forest years ago left behind stumps which gave the area the appearance of a graveyard. Read more about this overlook...