Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Cherohala Skyway Professional Review and Guide
"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."