Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.8 miles
367 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips




wild flowers



old growth

over grown

5 months ago

Just the right amount of trail to work up a little sweat. There weren't any overlooks but the large trees were definitely worth seeing.

6 months ago

This is an easy hike. Although it is not close to anything. maybe that is why it has those gorgeous large 400 years old trees. It is really worth to see!.
There was some fire damage, so part of the trail is officially closed, but there is really only some handrails burned down. But the upper loop where most large tree can be found had no fire damage.

6 months ago

This trail is pretty easy and a nice one for the family. It's a little over two miles and runs through a babbling creek. Grand trees and rocks. It's a stunner. It's a leisurely type trail.

7 months ago

Quiet morning at the end of July. Only hikers on he trail. Nice 400 year old trees, many large Tulip Poplars.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with amazing trees mostly on upper section. Easy for kids and adults. Great river to cool off in afterwards.

8 months ago

Muddy today but worth the time and energy. Trees are very cool to see.

9 months ago

I first walked this trail when I was a boy in 1960s. It is great to see the giants still standing in this special sanctuary. Glad to see the fire damage didn't reach the upper loop. Huge poplars that have withstood centuries of wear and tear help humble us short-lived little folk. I encourage everyone to make the journey (which is also delightful across the Cherohala Skyway for us in Tennessee) to see these ancient wonders while they are here.
A couple other notes. There are nice bridges on this trail; the NFS did well. Also lots of birds--saw and heard some wonderful warblers.

9 months ago

Nice walk

10 months ago

It was wonderful!

11 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with grandfather old growth trees. I saw my first rattlesnake in the wild on this loop trail. It was amazing!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The right trail was closed but the left was open. Easy hike with creeks and HUGE Poplar trees. I stared in awe at them, really pretty hike through old growth forest that seemed to be spared from the saw.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Would not call this trail moderate. Very easy!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Very interesting trail with old growth forest.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful tree's!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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

Monday, August 08, 2016

Nice little hike with pretty scenary

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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 ;)

Friday, January 29, 2016

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.

Monday, December 07, 2015

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.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Beautiful park at the end of the Cherohala Skyway

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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.

Monday, November 12, 2012

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.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

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!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

the trees are really big for around here

Friday, August 26, 2011

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

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.

Monday, June 06, 2011

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.

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