Graveyard Fields is a beautiful and very popular spot off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard. The stop on the parkway is located at mile post 418.8, between US-276 and NC-215. The overlook is part of the parkway, but the trails and waterfalls are part of Pisgah National Forest. Graveyard Fields is so named due to logging operations that left tree stumps throughout the area that resembled gravestones. An intense fire in the 1920s severely burned the area and it has been slow to recover. The result is a much more open area than the surrounding forests. It's a great area for primitive camping, but the Forest Service closed the area to camping the last time I visited due to bear activity. To visit the waterfalls, get on the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail accessed from the overlook along the parkway. You'll come to the top of Second Falls and cross on a bridge. Head to the right and go down the steps to the overlook to see the waterfall. When the weather is warm, this is a popular area for swimming. To visit Upper Falls, go back to the top and follow the trail upstream along Yellowstone Prong. In about a mile, go right to get on Upper Falls Trail. (Left continues the loop and heads back to the parking lot.) It's about three-quarters of a mile to Upper Falls. Most of the way is pretty easy, but it gets a little harder towards the end. When you're getting close, the trail splits. Left goes out to some cascades below the waterfall, but you can't see it from here. Go right and climb over the rocks to get to the base of the waterfall. It's moderately difficult, but if you're in reasonably good shape, you shouldn't have any trouble.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Broad Street Wines: Sampling is Fun
As part of our Waterfalls 'n Wines tour with the Pisgah Field Center, we finished the tour with wine tasting at Broad Street Wines. Connie, the owner, was so gracious as we sampled a wonderful variety of wines. A great feature with the wine tastings is we get a credit card that we can use in the wine dispenser system to choose from 1 oz, 2oz or 4oz. samplings. We liked the 1 oz. so we could sample more wines. Broad Street as some comfy couches that encourage stopping in for a glass of wine and visiting with friends. Connie is extremely knowledgeable and has an expansive collection of wines. Plus there some are great beers too! We left with a few bottles of both wine and beer.
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Waterfalls 'n Wines - Exciting Tour & Tastings
We love viewing waterfalls and tasting wines. Wow! A Hidden Gem is the “Waterfall ‘n Wine” Tour through the Pisgah Field School. Meeting Adam at the Pisgah Field School, he loads us in the van and we are off to see some waterfalls first and then taste some wine. Adam shares that the Transylvania County has over 250 waterfalls! Amazing! Our first stop is Looking Glass Falls. Located close to the road it is an easy walk to see this beautiful and most photographed waterfall. Continuing on our next stop is Sliding Rock Falls. From the top view, we imagine someone walking up the railing to arrive at the top, then bravely sitting on the rock and pushing off for a fantastic slide down to the natural pool at the bottom. Note: The water at the bottom of the pool is maybe 60 degrees so that is a shock itself. Walking the path to the bottom of Sliding Rock, a father is taking his four year old and then his three year old on the “slide!” FUN! Both children are thrilled with the excitement of sliding down a rock surface. On to No Name Falls, we take the fairly steep path to this long waterfall in the woods. BEAUTIFUL and serene. Great place for some photos. More waterfalls await us at Slickrock Fall where we can walk behind the waterfall. Again, so far these falls are a short walk from the road. To reach Daniel Ridge Falls we walk about a mile up a wide path to see this magnificent fall. A huge rock face has the water dropping over 110 feet. Even with a mild flow today, the major rock face of the waterfall is so impressive. After a stop to see the trout farm, it is time for some wine tasting. In downtown area of Brevard, NC we visit the Broad Street Wines where Connie shares her wine expertise and some delightful wine tasting. The wine tasting is fantastic as we sample Syrah, Italian Wines, California wines and more. The special wine dispenser allows us to select 1 oz. 2 oz. or 4 oz. We select the one ounce so we can sample more wines. Broad Street Wines is a unique boutique wine store. It is definitely a cozy spot where the locals and visitors alike enjoy weekly wine tastings and good conversation. Our tour finishes as we depart with a few bottles of wine.
Note: This is a terrific tour and easy way to see some beautiful waterfalls and scenic forest. The wine tasting is a delightful finish to the tour.
- Wine Tasting
- Hiking and Walking
Brunch & a Hike
This is one of our favorite things to do. With a toddler, we head out of Greenville, SC., directly after lunch and drive up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Depending on where we end up, the drive is typically 45 minutes. This allows our son a little nap before the hike. Sometimes, to give him even more of a nap, we detour to SC11, the Cherokee Scenic Highway, before heading over to one of our favorite places to hike: Jones Gap State Park.
One of our favorite weekend activities is to start the day with a nice brunch (on Sundays) up in Brevard, North Carolina, about an hour drive from Greenville. We have a hearty, all-you-can-eat brunch and then head out for a hike, to work it off.
Brevard itself is a great little town ~ very quaint & picturesque, a community of artists and retired folks. Be sure to check out the White Squirrel shop...and possibly see one on your hike!
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel