Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.9 miElevation gain383 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Gorgeous scenery, pristine forest, and quiet. Leaf cover on path reduces the mud. The path crosses the stream in many places with rocks or bridges keeping your feet dry.

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Jason Adams
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Nice

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Brian Daw
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One side of the lower loop is closed due to storm damage.

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Lizabeth Rolfson
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Easy hike enjoyable all throughout! Busy but not overcrowded. Great family hike.

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Jake Smuda
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Lower left loop is closed due to past inclement weather. We were able to hike the lower right and complete the upper loop and back the lower right Temps in the mid 50s. We brought our golden retriever and she loved every minute. There are a few bridges over the creek that are great for photos. There's not much green scenery or wildlife due to early March. Not a challenging hike but a great way to spend part of the afternoon to get outdoors. I would do this trail again later in spring.

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Dave Theis
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Took the Naked Ground Trail extension for a couple Miles. Great hike. Old trees. Pretty rocky with lots of exposed roots on the trail made you have to watch your step. Not a great trail if you have problems with balance or ankles. The lower loop left loop path was closed due to mud and ice, but all of the old growth trees are on the upper loop.

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Jack Booth
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Part of the lower loop was closed on 01-24-2021, & the lower & upper loops were a little muddy in spots. But all in all... this was a really nice trail. Real easy hike... kid friendly... dog friendly.

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Michael O'Neal
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Kelsey Mase
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One of my favorite hikes EVER! Gorgeous scenery, pristine forest, and quiet. Really love this hike and can’t wait to visit again.

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abbie h
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It was a lazy day and we wanted to be outside but not too strenuously. This was an ideal hike- good trail construction and easy to follow. Lower loop still closed

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Greg Lawrence
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Slightly muddy but overall great hike with the 5 and 3 yo’s. We turned back before the upper loop to ensure they had energy on the way back. 3 steep steps were missing a railing, so be aware in case this proves difficult for someone in your hiking party.

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Yordanka Gonzalez Videla
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Cole Peffer
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Took our two dogs and they loved it! So peaceful and an easy hike. Would definitely recommend

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Debbie Chester
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Peaceful easy morning hike after a hard rain. Leaf cover on path reduced the mud. Path crossed the stream in many places with rocks or bridge keeping yr feet dry. Clouds touched the tree tops. Lovely.

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Cara Murphy
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Worth the hike! The 300+ year old tulip poplars are incredible and a sight to behold. The lower portion of the figure eight trail is closed due to washout, so you have to take the more strenuous portion on the way up. It is still easily doable! Highly recommend.

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Abby Ledet
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Its a magical trail, massive trees! fairly easy and calm hike.

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Becky Dotson
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lovely moderate hiking trail through beautiful and awe inspiring old forest. upper loop has some monster poplars! paths are leaf covered (of course on Nov. 1). this was our first visit, but we'll most likely come again. I would only warn to step carefully, as the path is more natural, and lots of roots that could trip you up, especially if you're more "mature" (60s, like me) & concerned about falls!

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Patrick Stone
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The lower loop was closed due to wash out. The hike was still very enjoyable. Man, that autumn mountain air! There’s nothing else like it!

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Mike Diamond
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Another very nice walk through the woods with water everywhere. Listen for an underground spring on the upper loop.

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Steve Marsh
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A very pleasant, short hike. Super serene forest with beautiful large trees. Lots of running water as well. A portion of the trail is along a running small river, and there are quite a few small running streams throughout the forest. This trail is heavily trafficked, which at times can take away from the serenity. On the drive to the forest from Robbinsville I took route 129, which I found a little more scenic. More campgrounds, small overlooks, campsites, lake views. On the way back, I took route 143, which is nice as well, some farms and lake views.

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Rebecca Docter
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This is a sacred place that I hold near and dear to my heart. I highly recommend this trail for those looking for a very spiritual, intimate experience.

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Awesome sized trees along the Trail. Ran out of power on my phone. So recording went out as well.

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Beth K
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Not crowded and very lovely in the later afternoon. Half the lower loop is still closed and I would still recommend.

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Laura Pascarelli
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This trail is nice and shaded. It is perfect for people with kids or older people. Take your time. Be on the lookout for two underground springs on the upper loop--that was a real treat. Not very muddy right now, still too early for fall colors.

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Rusty Ruus
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j c
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One of the best trails around. An easy track on the loop itself. Great wadding spot at the start/end to cool off. Pretty good distance away from the concrete jungles to explore and relax. Oh yeah and the trees are great too!! I manage the YouTube Channel 'Out There!' check out the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Premier at the link below and subscribe if you like this kind of content. https://youtu.be/5OmtjlXv1Cg

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Anita Geoghagan
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pretty trail to explore - unbelievably large poplar trees on top loop

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Jerry Helms
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This was a great hike. The trees on the upper loop are huge. Definitely worth the trip.

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Rebecca Docter
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