Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, North Carolina

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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is an approximately 3,800-acre tract of publicly owned virgin forest in Graham County, North Carolina, named in memory of poet Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918), best known for his poem "Trees". One of the largest contiguous tracts of old growth forest in the Eastern United States, the area is administered by the U. S. Forest Service. The memorial forest is a popular family hiking destination and features an easy two-mile, figure-eight trail that includes a memorial plaque at the juncture of the two loops. In 1975 the memorial forest was joined with a much larger tract of the Nantahala National Forest to become part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
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  • My friend and I enjoyed an afternoon hike at this lovely spot tucked back in the Nantahala National Forest in far western NC. It's a rare old-growth forest and really peaceful. The only drawback is...  more »
  • This was a beautiful, moderate hike. Lots of greenery, some cute wildlife, and a fun trail! Because of high waters, one end of the trail is the closed so you can only enter from the right side. You.....  more »
  • This is an amazing little look with lots of old growth Forest trees. It hasn't been damaged by development. Great stop for a family or anyone.
  • Old growth forest has a "feel" that makes it worth the long drive and short hike! And if you like loop hikes like I do, this one's a loop-to-loop figure eight!!

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