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Address: NC
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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worth the drive!!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
BrendaFromCoraopolis
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Winneconne
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went with kids and family we were visiting. Very cool place, trees were huge!! would go a again. Saw tons of butterflies and they landed one ur hands and heads....

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San Antonio, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I hike this forest every couple years and it never gets old. We camp right across from the forest in the beautiful Horse Cove campsite. The trail forms a figure 8 loop, so if you are too tired after the first 1/4 of the hike, you can just hike back down the other side of the first loop and still... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This 3800 acre primitive forest is a memorial to the man who wrote the famous poem "Trees." You can only reach it on foot and it is gorgeous. Some of the trees are over 400 years old. Definitely recommend a day hike.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you want to visit a place that looks practically untouched, this is the place. The forest is a memorial to the man who wrote the famous poem "Trees." He was killed in France in WWI, and now 3800 acres of primitive forest stands as a memorial to his love of trees. The forest can only be seen on foot.... More 

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Suwanee, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

2 mile hike around huge poplar trees with the constant sound of rushing water was therapy for our group of middle aged couples trying to justify the large meals consumed during our weekend getaway. This is not a strenuous hike but there are several places that can be slippery as rocks are covered in algae or moss from the moisture.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We finished up a few days of hiking with a hike through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. We had completed some fairly moderate hikes and were looking for something a bit easier for today. On the forest service website, the hike was listed as Easy but I would rate this hike as moderate. Some of the trail was slick and... More 

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Murfreesboro, TN
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Lovely drive to get there and well marked. The old growth forest is breath-taking. Go slowly and watch for tree roots, because it's tempting to just look up with your mouth agape.

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