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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Fun Hike

The sign out front calls it a leisurely stroll. Not true. It is a pretty easy hike but definitely... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
great spot

nice little hike to see 400 plus year old trees, has bathrooms, picnic, hiking, peaceful place. see... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Knox, New York
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Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“old growth” (7 reviews)
“poplar trees” (7 reviews)
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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

1  Thank LandSMom
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

Thank jamescatalfamo
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
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

Thank relayer
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

Thank amartin748
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
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Saturday morning hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. It was a beautiful morning for a hike. I have hiked Joyce Kilmer many times. It is always so relaxing to be there.

Thank David S
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We went on a warm June day with another couple. It was an inspiring place. Walking amongst the giant Poplars makes one feel very small. As we hiked the trees kept getting bigger and bigger. It was very quiet. A great place to reflect on...More

Thank WoodyMCP
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped by on our way home from Robbinsville. This was her first hike since recovering from a broken foot - so we found a fallen limb to use as a walking stick and slowly proceeded through the lower and upper loops...More

1  Thank jt_powell
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Took a ride up to the forest near Robbinsville and hiked the 2 mile trail. Awesome trees that are some of the biggest in the eastern United States.Also took the short 4 mile road out to Maple Springs lookout. Beautiful area!

1  Thank James H
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6 September 2016|
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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