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Canine Cruisin': Graveyard Fields, Blue Ridge Parkway

CIMG3645Graveyard Fields may be the perfect doggie destination during the fall, so put it on your list of things to do. This area between Milepost 418 and 419 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 9 miles south of Mt. Pisgah) has it all: Stunning fall color, several waterfalls with accessible pools of water your dog will love, and trails that offer a variety of hiking experiences. 

A few tips to make your time at Graveyard Fields more enjoyable:

  • Dogs need to be on leash. Some of the paths are narrow and you can come upon other dogs quite suddenly, so be sure your dog is well-mannered
  • If you want to reach the various falls, be prepared to navigate long wooden stairways or uphill trails
  • Trails through the fields and leading to the Upper Falls are likely to be muddy in spots. It's a good idea to wear hiking boots -- and expect your dog to get dirty
  • With its 5,000-foot elevation, Graveyard Fields can be much cooler, so consider bringing a light jacket, especially in the fall
  • Accessible from a parking lot right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Graveyard Fields tends to be extremely crowded on weekends, especially during the peak fall color season.

Even with the things noted above, Graveyard Fields is sure to be a memorable excursion for you and your dog. 

Check out the Canine Cruisin' page for more information and photos.


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