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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

NC
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Ranked #589 of 1,301 attractions in North Carolina
Type: Forests
Activities: Hiking
Description: Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
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Larsen, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Visitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest might initially be disappointed by the remnants of many large trees whose shattered boles are abundant in the areas closest to the parking lot. These are hemlocks that were killed by the hemlock adelgid insect; the National Forest Service needed to take down some of those trees to reduce the dangers they posed... More

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The Villages, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This was our second attempt to hike the trail and were not disappointed. A lot of up hill, narrow and moist areas on the trial. The virgin timber is huge and the area is very pristine. Suggest a walking stick to aid in the climb, and especially good hiking shoes or boots. Wildlife is limited and even this time of... More

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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

A nice tribute to Joyce Kilmer for his poem "Trees". We drove into the park from via Robbinsville, NC. Park is located just off the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway on the eastern end of the skyway. We had no problems locating the road to the forest, but we had picked up a map in Tellico Plains a few days... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

I was sent to this park with the promise of giant trees and I was not disappointed. At the bottom of the trail it starts off with normal sized trees and by mid way they get bigger. It's a scenic park and a fun hike so I would suggest it for anyone with any outdoors keenness.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

A bit difficult to find when coming from Route 129. Must continue past Horse Cave Campground and at the stop sign, go directly across the road. The initial signage when you cross the road is Jenkins Meadow Trailhead. We almost turned back. Continue on the same road to the Memorial Forest where there is a good exhibit about Kilmer. Picnic... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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241 reviews 241 reviews
85 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was our second visit. The last one was some 25 years ago. It seemed as though there are fewer large trees - even the one at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Plaque was a skag - the top half was gone, and the tree was dead. I understand there was some sort of infestation a few years ago, and the... More

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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207 reviews 207 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Hard to find but worth seeking out, this forest has trees with huge bases, some over 450 years old. There s only a small sign so look carefully so you can find this preserve dedicated to Joyce Kilmer, poet, and soldier who died during WW1, famous for his poem "Trees". "I think that I shall never see a poem a... More

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Charlotte, NC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

It feels like there are fewer and fewer of the giants as each year go by. Still an awesome experience to stand next to one. Not a long trail but it is a good relaxing walk.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

There is a well-maintained 2 mile trail through this old-growth forest, populated by large poplar and evergreen trees. It is just off the scenic Cherohala Skyway from Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Robbinsville, Noth Carolina. Some of the old poplars were so large that three adults could not reach around them.

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Englewood, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The forest is a very beautiful place. If it's not busy, it can be very relaxing. I like to get away from people, typically. It is a very relaxing place. I live in East Tennessee, so the trip is no more than three hours drive. For a day in the woods, it's great. Kids who like the outdoors would enjoy... More

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