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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

+1 828-479-6431
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Excellent short mountain hike experience!

If you are near Robbinsville, NC be sure to take time for the hike in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Johnsonville, South Carolina
Almost nowhere to see this old growth but here on the East Coast

We were here on a Thursday morning and had the place to ourselves. We hiked up to the memorial and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pat D
Chapel Hill
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Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
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“huge trees” (10 reviews)
“upper loop” (10 reviews)
“old growth” (6 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Great place , highly recommend, not handicapped accesible but the trail is well marked and fairly easy. THE Poplars are magnificent

Thank stndglasLenoirNC
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My family and I decided to visit the forest for an adventurous hike. The trails were well marked and not too difficult. There are many photo opportunities at the bases of the giant 400 year old plus trees. There were some of the areas closed...More

2  Thank Jeff J
Reviewed 10 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank Bobbie B
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

Thank Richard A
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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