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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Address: NC
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Ranked #329 of 1,186 Attractions in North Carolina
Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee...
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Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
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San Antonio, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Hartwell, Georgia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

On our recent trip to western North Carolina, we spent the afternoon hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. We were awed by the massive trees and enjoyed hiking with our granddaughter and her dog. It was a bit of a ride from Murphy where we were staying, but worth it.

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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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