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 earlier and had a good idea of the location. The forest is a 2 mile loop through the forest, with lots of opportunities to see the huge poplar trees. It was just awesome standing next to these huge trees and thinking what it was like when they were first introduced to the area some 450 years ago. Amazing views and photo opportunities. The walking trails were fairly level, we did have to cross over a few trees that had fallen, but really not many obstacles. The area has had alot of rain this summer, so some of the trail was alittle muddy in areas. The park has a nice picnic area along the stream, I think a total of 3 picnic tables w/grills. There are no restaurants close by, so we had packed a picnic to enjoy after our hike. There is a bathroom if you need one, but no running water.
These were the biggest trees I have ever seen, so I was quite impressed and thankful we stopped to see them before they are gone.
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