Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area — Joyce Kilmer Recreation Trail

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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In most forests, you may see an old-growth tree every once in a while that causes you to stop in your tracks, crane your neck, and let loose an exclamatory, “Wow!” In the storied Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, by contrast, you may see a tree every once in a while that isn’t old growth. Odds are, though, you won’t even notice those little guys because you’ll be so overwhelmed by all the big ones. Mammoth yellow poplars standing ram-rod straight and disappearing into the sky like Jack’s beanstalk—a beanstalk 20 feet around at the base and with tree limbs 50 feet high that are bigger than the trunks on most trees back home.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

In most forests, you may see an old-growth tree every once in a while that causes you to stop in your tracks, crane your neck, and let loose an exclamatory, “Wow!” In the storied Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, by contrast, you may see a tree every once in a while that isn’t old growth.

Odds are, though, you won’t even notice those little guys because you’ll be so overwhelmed by all the big ones. Mammoth yellow poplars standing ram-rod straight and disappearing into the sky like Jack’s beanstalk—a beanstalk 20 feet around at the base and with tree limbs 50 feet high that are bigger than the trunks on most trees back home.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Robbinsville
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 503 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Local Maps: USDA Forest Service
Driving Directions: Directions to Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area — Joyce Kilmer Recreation Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/18/2009
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Great short day hike for family. Easy trail with plenty of things to look at. The "GIANT" trees are a must see. Last place in the Appalachains to see old growth still standing from before the logging of the region.



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