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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Phone Number: +1 828-479-6431
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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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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: Land of the Giant Trees

We spent 4 days here in May, camping, hiking, and touring around. The beautiful trails through the Forest are well defined, and generally not too difficult--some easy. The trees... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bobbie B
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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 4 days here in May, camping, hiking, and touring around. The beautiful trails through the Forest are well defined, and generally not too difficult--some easy. The trees were so tall, and some up to 150 years old, especially the poplars. The understory looked like a woodland garden of trillium--purple, white, yellow, pink, and red. Beautiful. Campsites nearby at... More 

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Kernersville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have wanted to go here for years. It is a nice 4 mile or so hike Nothing too hard. Well marked trails. The trees are unbelievable . The sheer size and beauty are stunning

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Jax Beach, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Based on the photos I saw of this place, I had high hopes for a very relaxing, picturesque hike with expansive views of the forest, etc. The main trail is a 2-mile figure 8, with the top 1/4 of it the one with the views (so I'm told). There's a small waterfall right at the entrance with a bridge. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

We drove over from the Chattanooga area, it was Wednesday, October 5. With light traffic and sunny blue skies, it was a good trip. We stopped in Robbinsville and got some Bojangles fried chicken to have a picnic at the forest. I have been to Joyce Kilmer forest twice before, once in 1986 and again in 2001. Each time there... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Nice hike with lots of vegetation, not much water running since they are in a drought. We really enjoyed going across the foot bridges and exploring this wonderful place!

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Concord, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

It seems like it takes forever to get to the parking lot of the forest from Robbinsville. Once there, put on your hiking shoes and set off into the forest. The lower loop is 1.25 miles. At the Kilmer Memorial, there is the starting point for the .75 mile upper loop. The climb to the memorial is moderately strenuous with... More 

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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

My daughter and I visited this as we came home from a rafting trip. We researched the poem and the history of Joyce Kilmer ahead time. We wanted to see the trees, and they were breathtaking. The Tulip Poplars are huge. The trail is rustic, but very doable. We were there on a hot day, but under the trees the... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We had visited this forest 54 years ago and recently returned. It is as beautiful as it was back then! Quiet, peaceful. Originally planned as a memorial to Joyce Kilmer, the author ,of the poem "Trees" and is well preserved by the Forest Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Trails are available for walking through the forest and... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely hike that took me about 60-90 minutes round trip. The vegetation is beautiful and there are some huge old growth trees on the upper loop. There's a babbling brook along the lower loop trail.

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Tellico Plains, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

was a nice trip across the Cherohala Skyway to the forest. hike was not difficult and you could bring a picnic they have tables

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