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Press release from the U.S. Forest Service, shared Nov. 5:
HAYWOOD COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service today announced that portions of the Graveyard Fields Loop trail are closed for upgrades. The agency expects to complete the work by late December.
The Forest Service will construct a board walk on the east end of the trail, which will be closed. Users can access the Upper and Second Falls via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Also, users can park in the Graveyard Fields Loop parking lot and start at the west end of the loop.
In addition, the Blue Ridge Parkway will make improvements at the parking area for the Graveyard Fields in the near future. The work will include increasing the parking capacity and construction of a restroom facility. Dates for repairs at the parking lot have yet to be determined.
Funding for the project comes from a Scenic Byway Grant awarded to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The grant matching funds are provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to pay for the trail work. This work is a joint effort between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.