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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Giant Trees

My family and I decided to visit the forest for an adventurous hike. The trails were well marked... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeff J
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: Land of the Giant Trees

We spent 4 days here in May, camping, hiking, and touring around. The beautiful trails through the... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2016
Bobbie B
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I decided to visit the forest for an adventurous hike. The trails were well marked and not too difficult. There are many photo opportunities at the bases of the giant 400 year old plus trees. There were some of the areas closed...More

Thank Jeff J
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We spent 4 days here in May, camping, hiking, and touring around. The beautiful trails through the Forest are well defined, and generally not too difficult--some easy. The trees were so tall, and some up to 150 years old, especially the poplars. The understory looked...More

Thank Bobbie B
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Have wanted to go here for years. It is a nice 4 mile or so hike Nothing too hard. Well marked trails. The trees are unbelievable . The sheer size and beauty are stunning

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Based on the photos I saw of this place, I had high hopes for a very relaxing, picturesque hike with expansive views of the forest, etc. The main trail is a 2-mile figure 8, with the top 1/4 of it the one with the views...More

3  Thank myfloridalife
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We drove over from the Chattanooga area, it was Wednesday, October 5. With light traffic and sunny blue skies, it was a good trip. We stopped in Robbinsville and got some Bojangles fried chicken to have a picnic at the forest. I have been to...More

1  Thank Alan A
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Nice hike with lots of vegetation, not much water running since they are in a drought. We really enjoyed going across the foot bridges and exploring this wonderful place!

1  Thank Tuxtails
Reviewed 15 September 2016

It seems like it takes forever to get to the parking lot of the forest from Robbinsville. Once there, put on your hiking shoes and set off into the forest. The lower loop is 1.25 miles. At the Kilmer Memorial, there is the starting point...More

1  Thank Mongo1234
Reviewed 9 September 2016

My daughter and I visited this as we came home from a rafting trip. We researched the poem and the history of Joyce Kilmer ahead time. We wanted to see the trees, and they were breathtaking. The Tulip Poplars are huge. The trail is rustic,...More

1  Thank travelingdude1966
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We had visited this forest 54 years ago and recently returned. It is as beautiful as it was back then! Quiet, peaceful. Originally planned as a memorial to Joyce Kilmer, the author ,of the poem "Trees" and is well preserved by the Forest Service of...More

2  Thank drmomaa
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely hike that took me about 60-90 minutes round trip. The vegetation is beautiful and there are some huge old growth trees on the upper loop. There's a babbling brook along the lower loop trail.

Thank Mary K
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Do you have tohike to see the "big" trees are is a car tour good for 80 year olds
14 April 2017|
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We'd like to do the entire figure 8 trail but are concerned about the bees and poison ivy that some have mentioned. Are they easily avoided, or are they prevalent throughout?
6 September 2016|
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Response from casualtraveler55 | Reviewed this property |
I'm allergic to poison ivy but there wasn't enough to concern me. I'm not saying that some isn't near the trail, but it's not that prevalent--the trails are not overgrown with it. My husband and I don't recall any problems... More
Michael O
All Joyce Kilmer has been logged. It was some of the first in that area of in now Graham County to be logged because it was the easiest to get to and get the trees out. Poplar Cove was John H Denton's farm so sorry no 400 year old trees there. Denton was the one that started the logging for the Belton Lumber Company in around the middle 1800's and logged a large portion of it before their mill in TN burned down.They built splash dams to float the lumber to TN. They inspired other loggers to use them on up Santeetlah, Snowbird and West Buffalo before they built roads to Andrews, NC the railroads came here. My moms side of the family worked for John then his Son. Then Sherman Stewart also had a pretty big farm in Kilmer, Brownlow Blevins and Many more had settled there. Babcock then bought it and logged about 2/3 of Slickrock and the upper part of Joyce Kilmer. before Calderwood dam was built ending their logging Then Gennett Lumber Company bought Joyce Kilmer, set up a mill at the parking lot and W.T Cloer finished logging it. Now there is your true story. It is difficult but if you search enough all this info is available online. This forest was dedicated to Joyce Kilmer for the most species of trees, not virgin or old growth forest. Why can't somebody print the truth about Joyce Kilmer?
5 August 2015|
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