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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

NC
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Ranked #592 of 1,430 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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Johnson City, Tennessee
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you get a chance to hike here, it is stunning. The beauty and grandeur was absolutely breathtaking.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is "off the beaten path", but well worth the stop. Just the drive up is pretty. The roads are very winding, but it is the mountains! There are picnic tables near the parking area. It is hard to explain how this place is...it feels magical. If a unicorn had come walking by, it would not have seemed out... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
12 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

this is a beautiful wilderness area … just be aware that hiking here isn't an easy task.. there is a narrow dirt path with some steep drop offs… there are lots of rocks and tree roots.. so if you have any questions about how sure footed you are or any walking problems you may need to reconsider..it is very special... More

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Greenville, NC
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195 reviews 195 reviews
16 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

While this is supposed to have beautiful trees, many of the larger ones have succumbed to a blight. The forest is beautiful and worth the hike, but don't expect to see majestic trees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I along with our dog went and was amazed of the history there. It was a wonderful hike and many memories that we took with us. We will go again. We are lucky to have something so rare in our back yard.

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Larsen, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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