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

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

7 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.

7 months ago

Nice walk

8 months ago

It was wonderful!

9 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!

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

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