Graveyard Fields Trail

MODERATE 397 reviews
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Graveyard Fields Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Balsam Grove, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 305 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

What a beautiful place for a hike and you have the option of seeing the upper and the lower waterfalls. Very well-traveled trails although some spots are very muddy, rocky, and narrow. Sometimes the trail can be a bit confusing as well so really pay attention to the signs. But it’s quite lovely there and a great work out, I would consider this to be an easy to moderate hike but be prepared for a lot of Rocky,rutty and muddy conditions. There is quite a bit of parking, as well as a restroom.

hiking
7 days ago

stop here 9-26-17 at one of my most favorite overlooks on the parkway is graveyard fields located at milepost 418.8. not only do you have this stunning views but you can do a short hike doing down to the lower falls and a second hike just a little longer to the upper falls. i didn't have time to go the the upper falls but take a left out of the parking lot as just around the bend you can see the upper falls from the roadside. if you hike to the upper falls than the lower falls and back to the parking lot the loop is 2.9 miles. at one time between 500 to 1000 years ago the was a spruce forest that was burned down leaving dirt mounds and the forest did return but fires got it again in 1925. this spot is very popular and there are bathrooms. if you only have time to see one thing on the parkway. this would be an excellent pick

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail and hike. I would definitely do this again. I loved the waterfalls.

hiking
15 days ago

It was an excellent trail for the family. We hiked to the Upper Falls first, and there are blueberry and blackberry bushes most of the way. During August and September, you can pick and eat berries as you hike. Upper Falls is pretty, but hard to get to. We made our way back down to the Lower Falls which is about 1/4 mile from the entrance, and there is a prettier waterfall and swim area.

hiking
over grown
25 days ago

Beautiful lower falls, upper falls hike slightly overgrown. Popular trail and pretty busy. Trail is somewhat confusing. Many offshoots that are not labeled.

hiking
27 days ago

It was fun, but quite confusing. Many little trails that you think are the “loop” but i I finally decided to turn back because it was overgrown and very narrow. The upper falls wasn’t really dog friendly to hang out at. The lower falls were huge, so that was nice. And the meadow was pretty, but not my favorite hike.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
29 days ago

Pretty fun trail. Easy hike. My mom with awful knees was able to do it. We got off trail trying to find the upper falls and just skipped it. We still had fun though.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This trail was TERRIBLE! Not sure what “loop” the trail talks about because we couldn’t find one. We got off trail MULTIPLE times because there are at least a dozen offshoots that look like the main trail. We somehow ended up on top of the falls on some very dangerous sections of trail. There are absolutely no trail markers. We saw a few pink ribbons, but not a single blue trail marker. This trail is dangerous and it’s a shame it’s even still open. We would go down what we thought was still the trail for .5/.75 miles just to find it dead ends. We finally were able to make it out by backtracking after 4.5 hours. I would not recommend, especially after a big rain. Parts of the trail looked like a small pond.

hiking
1 month ago

Solid walk. Very easy, a little struggle on the assent to the upper falls. We missed the lower falls, which I hear is a little nicer.

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

We enjoyed the hike

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

BEWARE! Most disappointing trail ever. SUPER HEAVY traffic, mud everywhere, mostly flat and boring. Lots of people hiking in flipflops. This place is popular because the hiking is fairly easy. Moderate mostly due to the extreme roots and rocks where the trail is so eroded. So many off shoot trails that we got lost twice. Serious hikers should pick a different location.

hiking
1 month ago

Love hiking this area. Easy to access and lower falls is nice to explore and cool off in. As always be careful walking in the water and on the slick rocks we saw a few kids, adults, dogs lose their footing and crash in the water. Sunny day to sunbath on the rocks and relax before hiking back out. We hiked to upper falls which was a bit of a lackluster experience after lower, but we got our miles in for the day and rooted my toe in my chacos lol!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful and family friendly

hiking
1 month ago

It was a lovely hike on a warm day. The lower falls and creek area are very easy and accessible. Making the trek to upper falls is muddy in spots. Be mindful of the many rocks and roots as you get closer to upper falls. Once you arrive at upper falls, you can explore as much or as little as you choose on the actual falls. Suggest going early as the parking gets busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok hike but easy to get lost and very muddy with lots of tree roots to trip over. Waterfalls are ok.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike with rewarding waterfalls and streams to lounge around on and explore. I could spend days and hours here. The second falls or lower falls to the right of the trail head is especially kid friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 7/1 . Great trail. Lower falls was spectacular . Busy though with tourists. Upper falls and Graveyard Fields trails awesome . Great views and changing terrain. Less people, more enjoyable

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Incredible hike! We went toward upper falls and climbed all the way up to the top of the waterfall. Not super well marked but if you take a side trail you will know quickly it's not the trail. Fun hike. Nice and cool. Pretty intense toward the end and getting back up the hill after the hike. Still a must do!

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