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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Joyce Kilmer Forest and Maple Springs Lookout on Memorial Day

Took a ride up to the forest near Robbinsville and hiked the 2 mile trail. Awesome trees that are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James H
Giant Trees, synchronous and Blue Ghost fireflies Oh My

Great place , highly recommend, not handicapped accesible but the trail is well marked and fairly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lenoir NC
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Impressive 3800-acre wilderness that was once the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee Indians.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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“huge trees” (10 reviews)
“upper loop” (9 reviews)
“poplar trees” (5 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

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
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Based on the photos I saw of this place, I had high hopes for a very relaxing, picturesque hike with expansive views of the forest, etc. The main trail is a 2-mile figure 8, with the top 1/4 of it the one with the views...More

3  Thank myfloridalife
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We drove over from the Chattanooga area, it was Wednesday, October 5. With light traffic and sunny blue skies, it was a good trip. We stopped in Robbinsville and got some Bojangles fried chicken to have a picnic at the forest. I have been to...More

1  Thank Alan A
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Nice hike with lots of vegetation, not much water running since they are in a drought. We really enjoyed going across the foot bridges and exploring this wonderful place!

1  Thank Tuxtails
Reviewed 15 September 2016

It seems like it takes forever to get to the parking lot of the forest from Robbinsville. Once there, put on your hiking shoes and set off into the forest. The lower loop is 1.25 miles. At the Kilmer Memorial, there is the starting point...More

1  Thank Mongo1234
Reviewed 9 September 2016

My daughter and I visited this as we came home from a rafting trip. We researched the poem and the history of Joyce Kilmer ahead time. We wanted to see the trees, and they were breathtaking. The Tulip Poplars are huge. The trail is rustic,...More

1  Thank travelingdude1966
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We'd like to do the entire figure 8 trail but are concerned about the bees and poison ivy that some have mentioned. Are they easily avoided, or are they prevalent throughout?
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