Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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Most hikers walk through the lush, figure-eight trail looking upward, much like tourists gawking at skyscrapers in big cities. Here, some of the old-growth eastern hemlocks and tulip poplars are more than 400 years old. They reach more than 100 feet tall and have girths up to 20 feet in diameter, making you want to wrap your arms around these gentle giants. The softly rolling trail that crosses streams and has hard-packed earth for mostly easy footing is great for dogs. Game lands surround the forest, though, so during the September through March hunting season people and dogs should wear something blaze orange or consider hiking on Sunday, when hunting is prohibited in the state.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

Most hikers walk through the lush, figure-eight trail looking upward, much like tourists gawking at skyscrapers in big cities. Here, some of the old-growth eastern hemlocks and tulip poplars are more than 400 years old. They reach more than 100 feet tall and have girths up to 20 feet in diameter, making you want to wrap your arms around these gentle giants.

The softly rolling trail that crosses streams and has hard-packed earth for mostly easy footing is great for dogs. Game lands surround the forest, though, so during the September through March hunting season people and dogs should wear something blaze orange or consider hiking on Sunday, when hunting is prohibited in the state.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Robbinsville
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 320 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 2,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Santeetlah Creek and Joyce Kilmer–Slickrock Wilderness and Citico Creek Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail

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