Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3800-acre virgin forest that is part of the 17,000-acre Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. The area boasts 400-year-old yellow poplars that are as much as 20 feet in circumference. Visitors can also see hemlocks, oaks, sycamores, and other trees, as well as wildflowers, ferns, and moss-covered logs from fallen trees. Hikers can enjoy the 2-mile Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail.

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Away Travel Expert: Johnny Molloy
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • Several trails start at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking area, which is 0.7 mile west of the Horse Cove Campground on FR 416. The Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail forms a figure-eight as it loops through the forest. The 0.8-mile upper loop that travels through Poplar Cove is said to have the densest concentration of large trees in eastern North America.
  • Tulip trees, 20 feet around the base, rise to meet the sun along their fellow forest dwellers: hemlock, beech, and oak. The largest cucumber tree in North Carolina is marked with a plaque.

Nantahala National Forest
c/o Cheoah Ranger District, Route 1, Box 16A, Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, North Carolina 28771
Price: free

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Telephone Number: (828) 479-6431
Price Information: free
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