Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail

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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 good for all skill levels. 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

1 day ago

Beautiful scenery!

1 month ago

Beautiful, easy trail. The old trees are amazing. So majestic. A lovely trail that you will want to meander along so you can soak in the sights, sounds and aroma. You don't want to miss anything in this old, old forest by hurrying through it.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. We did both loops and greatly enjoyed the sounds and sights. However, we tried one of the other trails in the area and found it severely overgrown and poorly marked. We could not find the cutoff trail or the area where the fork was on the lollipop portion. But the main upper and lower loops were well marked and well maintained.

2 months ago

Great trail even after it rained for 4 straight days. Listed as moderate but isn’t any worse then the easy trails. Right side of the lower loop is currently closed due to all the rain wiping out a section of steps leading back to the parking lot from the upper section of the lower loop. We ignored signs but came upon workers resigning the steps so decided to turn back and go around. Lot of nice trail we would’ve missed tho had we not gone down. Highly recommend this trail

4 months ago

I absolutely loved Joyce Kilmer!! The hike was beautiful and the trees were breath taking. There was something magical about this place. The hike itself wasn't challenging but still felt very rewarding.

4 months ago

Easy and pleasant!

10 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.

11 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.

11 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.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Nice walk

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It was wonderful!

Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

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