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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Phone Number: 8284796431
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting...
Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
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Beautiful old growth forest

I had no idea there was an old growth forest on this side of the country so, when I found it I just had to go. It's beautiful. Huge poplar and tulip trees. Lots of beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I had no idea there was an old growth forest on this side of the country so, when I found it I just had to go. It's beautiful. Huge poplar and tulip trees. Lots of beautiful photos to be taken here. There's a gorgeous stream on the opposite side as the trail head, across the other side of the parking... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Most of the hikes in the area are moderate to strenuous due to the mountainous region and the flora is very similar. The Joyce Kilmer hike is different. Much of the hike is in flat forest, so you are not looking up at a mountainside or down a steep hill at the tops of trees. There are some ups and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

quiet, towering forest, makes you feel like you're in a cathedral. good information on Joyce Kilmer, lovely streams and plants

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The relatives with whom we were staying wanted to go to this place but needed company as they are at least 10 years older than us, so we seniors set out. Our car GPS got us to the general area on the NC143W that's about 12 miles from Robbinsville then we relied upon sign posts. We stopped at the final... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The trees are huge and impressive, very worthwhile to see. The area is beautiful, with many outdoor activities possible.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We walked the trail to Poplar Cove and were awed by the huge trees tucked away in westen NC and Tenn. This heavily forested and mountainous terrain is a treat in itself and visiting Joyce Kilmer is truly special and worth a visit. My 70 year old body was challenged some by the walk uphill but there were plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Be aware that this is a little hard to find. There is no cell service so don't find your way on the fly as we did! We went a little out of our way, but were able to find the trailhead and it was totally worth it. It's a beautiful hike that is only mildly strenuous. Unlike many parks, the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It was a pretty drive out there on Skyway. The trail is one of the easiest beautiful and worth it! I'm going back on our next trip down here! Even saw a bear on our ride back!

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Not crowded, clearly marked trails, lots of waterfalls, streams & bridges. Perfect day hike for beginning hikers!

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This place is marketed as an old growth forest containing 400 year old trees with trunks that are 20 feet around. It claims you have a 2 mile hike in to see them. DON'T GO THERE FOR THESE TREES!! We hiked all the trails and only found a handful of very old trees. The trails are NOT marked so we... More 

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