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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to Tennessee State Line Trail

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Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to Tennessee State Line Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 3,244 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

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Reviews (13)
Photos (29)
Recordings (4)
Completed (49)
Will Pirnasch
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HikingBlowdownOver grownScramble

Extremely overgrown, most places are bushwacking or climbing over falling trees. About half the trail, the forest floor is no longer visible, and you can only guess where to go. Large parts go along steep drops, where bushes have grown into the two feet of trail, so you either push the bushes away for every step, or fall down. There are many trees fallen over the trail too, and some are very hard to get over. It is not only exhausting to walk this trail, but quite dangerous, as it is easy to get lost or fall down the cliffs. We went only downhill, and found it still harder than the way up on the 'Naked Ground Trail'; we needed over 5 hours, and only narrowly avoided a 911 call.

Michael Rymer
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Katie Schlosser
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HikingOver grownScramble

Did this early May. Very overgrown on the lower half of Stratton Bald, which slowed me down significantly and left me covered in dust, spiderwebs, and poison ivy.. Opens up near the top of the ridge. I could not find the connector from Stratton bald to the Joyce Kilmer loop and wound up just taking it down to the road. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful views from the top. I usually do about 3 mi per hr, this took me 7 hrs. I suspect it is longer than 10 miles despite the overgrowth slowing me down some.

John Woodall
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easy and comprehensive

Mary Knight
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Hiking

This is a pleasant hike through an old growth forest that took me about 1-1 1/2 hours to complete. The vegetation is lovely and there's a babbling brook that runs along part of the trail. Such a pretty forest.

Dan Weaver
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Beautiful old growth.

Alan Bourne
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Scenic driving

I love this area. I have backpacked this section of the AT and driven through lots of beautiful scenery.

Don Mcmahon
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Camping
First to Review

I love Joyce Kilmer Wilderness area and the connected Citico Creek Wilderness area. I backpack here with friends and my dog regularly. It is beautiful and not crowded. I prefer it to Smokies and other parks. Wilderness areas are not maintained like SMNP and you should definitely own the map before you get here. There is an excellent guidebook available at most outdoor stores in Knoxville that is really the best thing to take with you. Top Recommendations 1. Big Fat Gap to Wildcat Falls (Day or Overnight) - Great campsites along Slickrock Creek. Good Swimming area at Wildcat. 2. Naked Ground Gap. Once Camped here in December when it was about 4 degree F, my friend got frostbite. What is the outdoors without a little danger! 1 to 2 days 3. Slickrock Creek Trail from the beginning to the END amazing and challenging hike. 3 days and its not a loop. 4. Go back forth between Joyce Kilmer and Citico Creek wilderness, Over 300 miles of trails I'm pretty sure! Enough to keep you busy for years! I've seen Boar, Snakes (including one big Timber Rattlesnake), Tons of Birds, Salamanders! Lizards! Fish, and lots of signs of bears so they must be there somewhere! I hope you enjoy and help to take care of this amazing wilderness area. In my rating, I rate the trails fair. Honestly they are hard and sometimes hard to find but that is what I like. This is wilderness not the park. Bring a map and know how to read it, bring the right stuff, and make good decisions and you will have a great time. Don

Steven Queen
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Samantha Byrd
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Michael Baker
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Bradford S.
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Bear Asher
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Hiking