Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

1.8 miles 383 feet Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

hiking
1 month ago

Very interesting trail with old growth forest.

1 month ago

Beautiful tree's!

2 months ago

Beautiful area and easy trail. The huge yellow poplar trees are so majestic and make the short hike a treat.

3 months ago

Nice little hike with pretty scenary

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike. It hasn't changed much since I was a kid. Trails are easy & very well maintained. The trees are amazing & it's fun to see how many it takes to "hug" the tree ;)

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutley stunning. Mesmorizing when looking up at the sky and it seems like the trees never end. So sad what the pine beetles did to all the Hemlocks in the forest though. Have to be weary of snakes that have barricaded themselves in the remains.

11 months ago

easy trail even for the beginner. made this hike after the foliage dropped. will likely return for a springtime hike. although its nice to see some virgin timber (yellow poplar in this case), keep your expectaions low as there are only a handful of true giants in this forest. nonetheless an enjoyable walk in woods and nice scenic drive to get there.

1 year ago

Beautiful park at the end of the Cherohala Skyway

hiking
1 year ago

This is a good trail for beginner hikers or for breaking kids into trail hiking. The ascends and descends are not very strenuous. The trail is well maintained. The trail is made into a figure eight, so for those who don't want to walk as far can settle for the lower loop, or hang out at the big boulder at the intersection of the loops and wait for the rest of their group as they finish the smaller upper loop. Nice creek and of course some very large trees.

hiking
1 year ago

This was a nice easy stroll through a virgin forest. By far these are the largest trees I have seen. One of them was at least 8 feet in diameter. I took pictures of some of the trunks using my hiking poles to create some scale of how enormous these trees actually are. If you ever get to walk this 2 mile double loop trail you will not be disappointed.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy trail, very peaceful. Though there were a lot of cars in the parking lot, the trail itself was not crowded. While the poplars are not as big as the redwoods, they are no less impressive. Would be a great hike for anyone of all experience levels and ages.

2 years ago

Great trail to see some of the biggest trees in this area and a truly unspoiled forest. Fairly steep hike to get to the stand of the larger trees but well worth the effort. While in the area stop by the overlook at the top of the mountain overlooking Santeelah Lake, Yellow Creek Falls and Santeelah Dam.

hiking
4 years ago

Very easy trail. The trees were not as spectacular as they could be since most of them had been blown up. There is a couple of great water spots under bridges.

hiking
4 years ago

I took my family with three kids age 8 to 15. Perfect for everyone and the poplar trees are incredible. We had a picnic and played in the creek near the parking area. Fun and cheap!

hiking
5 years ago

the trees are really big for around here

hiking
5 years ago

REALLY big poplar trees! Lake Fontana nearby is a good place to kayak and swim.

hiking
5 years ago

I love poetry and this Wilderness Area was truly inspiring! The sheer size of the trees and the antiquity of the forest were nothing short of amazing.

hiking
5 years ago

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
This easy and enjoyable hike not only displays the impressive giants of hemlock and poplar trees but also demonstrates USFS care of these unusual trees. The unique splintering affect of the many fallen trees indicated both their rare wood patterns but also the Forest Service's attempt to show a natural decline rather than to just saw off those trees ailing from the infesting insects.

hiking
6 years ago

You will some of the best old growth trees left in the U.S.