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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

NC
+1 828-479-6431
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2-mile-loop is beautiful, moderate hike with awesome old trees

This was a fun, quick hike suitable for all ages. The 2-mile-loop path is easy to follow and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jkshales
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Nice, 2 mile loop hike

We enjoyed this hike. The giant trees are scattered around on the trail, and though there are not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
fdsa88
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Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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“upper loop” (13 reviews)
“old growth” (7 reviews)
“giant trees” (7 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun, quick hike suitable for all ages. The 2-mile-loop path is easy to follow and showcases some beautiful old trees scattered throughout the forest. It's worth spending the hour or so to do the hike and enjoy the quiet.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this hike. The giant trees are scattered around on the trail, and though there are not alot of them, it is still interesting to see and a very peaceful area filled with the sound of chirping birds and the rushing water of the...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A visit to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in summer will bring words like “lush,” “dense,” and “green” quickly to mind. In winter, “rugged,” and “skeletal” are more likely the adjectives that would best describe the landscape. Regardless of the season, words like “primeval,” “majestic,”...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We have tent camped here 2 years in a row and absolutely love it! The camp sites are located near a stream and/or river with a fire ring and picnic table at each site. There are public restrooms and running water (during the warm months...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The sign out front calls it a leisurely stroll. Not true. It is a pretty easy hike but definitely not a leisurely stroll. The Spirit Ridge trail off the Cherohala Skyway is a leisurely stroll. There are some rocks and tree roots to navigate. The...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

nice little hike to see 400 plus year old trees, has bathrooms, picnic, hiking, peaceful place. see of season then not too many people

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Great hike in a nice grove of trees. We went to the Redwoods last year, so the trees weren't nearly as big, however they are bigger than any we've seen on this side of the US. The birds were calling to each other and it...More

Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Having seen the Redwoods and Sequoias in California, we knew that nothing would top that. However, this hike showed some big trees that had their own personality. To see the best trees make sure you do the upper loop. Glad we went. Be sure to...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you are near Robbinsville, NC be sure to take time for the hike in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. We hiked it twice, and were alone almost the whole time. You will climb some steps and walk in a stream bed, but for a mountain...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We were here on a Thursday morning and had the place to ourselves. We hiked up to the memorial and then on the upper loop trail where you get an opportunity to see quite a number of the really big old growth poplars. Neither Trail...More

Thank Pat D
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she23
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Response from casualtraveler55 | Reviewed this property |
I'm allergic to poison ivy but there wasn't enough to concern me. I'm not saying that some isn't near the trail, but it's not that prevalent--the trails are not overgrown with it. My husband and I don't recall any problems... More
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