From a visitor/tourist standpoint, people go to cemeteries for various reasons. Some love the solitude, the amazing views some of them offer, a place to jog, to search out the headstones with the oldest date, etc. My husband and I love ornate and intricate grave markers. This cemetery did not have a lot of such ornamentation (see my photos for those we did find). While beautifully groomed and well paved, the lack of such markers did not keep us here long. The main office has a WONDERFUL pamphlet that lists ALL the significant markers of the famous and not so famous areas on the grounds. I highly recommend grabbing a copy (the same info is available on their website). For those literary ones of you, you probably already know the graves of O Henry and Thomas Wolfe are at this location.
Website that includes maps and information of grave-site locations: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/asheville/riv.htm