Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Cherohala Skyway

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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It is easy to spend a whole day in this area, starting out early by walking the trails at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and then spending the rest of the day climbing high into the forests along the Cherohala Skyway. The skyway is a spectacular highway that winds through 15 miles of the North Carolina mountains, cresting above 6,000 feet before descending into the forests of Tennessee. The road traverses both the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, hence the name “Chero-hala.” Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3,800-acre area of mainly cove hardwood forest with sections of magnificent old growth. Some trees are more than 20 feet in circumference and over 100 feet tall. Habitats: Cove forests. Key birds: Summer: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Veery; American Redstart; Kentucky, Blackthroated Green, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Hooded, and Swainson’s Warbler; Brown Creeper; Winter Wren; Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Year-round: Common Raven.
Birding North Carolina

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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

It is easy to spend a whole day in this area, starting out early by walking the trails at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and then spending the rest of the day climbing high into the forests along the Cherohala Skyway. The skyway is a spectacular highway that winds through 15 miles of the North Carolina mountains, cresting above 6,000 feet before descending into the forests of Tennessee.

The road traverses both the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, hence the name “Chero-hala.” Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a 3,800-acre area of mainly cove hardwood forest with sections of magnificent old growth. Some trees are more than 20 feet in circumference and over 100 feet tall. Habitats: Cove forests. Key birds: Summer: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Veery; American Redstart; Kentucky, Blackthroated Green, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Hooded, and Swainson’s Warbler; Brown Creeper; Winter Wren; Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Year-round: Common Raven.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Robbinsville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best in summer, fall, and spring
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Cherohala Skyway

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