Blueberries ripe for the picking along Blue Ridge

Photo by Jake Frankel

The wild blueberries are ripe for the picking along the Blue Ridge.

While it doesn’t look like it will be a banner year, due to the unusually rainy weather, wild blueberries are ready to be gobbled up at many popular sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

With Craggy Gardens closed to vehicles due to road problems, Graveyard Fields and the surrounding Black Balsam Knob and Shining Rock Wilderness areas offer some of the most easily accessible berries to Asheville.

To get to the Graveyard Fields overlook and parking area, head south on the Parkway until milepost 418.8. Just a couple miles further, Black Balsam Road branches off to the right, offering a pair of parking areas, each with various trails available that lead to patches of berry thickets.


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About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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