Graveyard Fields ribbon cutting celebration set for April 25

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Parkway, and U.S. Forest Service celebrate joint project to install interpretive signs along trail
Apr 21, 2017


Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 418 – The public is invited to join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Superintendent Mark Woods, and Pisgah National Forest District Ranger Dave Casey for a ribbon cutting event at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, to mark the installation of six new interpretive signs at Graveyard Fields, milepost 418, on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As hikers explore the trails at Graveyard Fields, new educational panels will provide more information about the surroundings, including bear and waterfall safety tips, guidelines for responsible hikers, and how to keep the streams healthy. “The goal is to give hikers a greater understanding of their impact on the trail and the wildlife and ecosystems that make this place so special,” explains Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. “This project truly came together thanks to support from the public and teamwork between the U.S. Forest Service and Blue Ridge Parkway.”

The project is the latest by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to enhance the visitor experiences at the popular hiking spot. In 2014, the nonprofit constructed a new boardwalk over the Yellowstone Prong, built a restroom facility, and expanded the parking area.

The signs were designed by David Williams of Wingin’ It Works in collaboration with staff at the U.S. Forest Service and Blue Ridge Parkway.

About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the primary nonprofit fundraising partner, 501(c)3, of the Blue Ridge Parkway, helping ensure cultural and historical preservation, natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations. The Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1997, the nonprofit has worked with donors to invest more than $12 million in critical projects along the scenic road.