Featured Trips Types:

  • All Featured Trips
  • Camping & Road Trips
  • 48 Hour City Guides
  • Family Road Trips
  • Ghost Guides
  • Weird Guides
  • National Parks Trips & Tips
  • Outdoor Escapes
  • Classic USA Road Trips
  • Interstate Highway Exit Guides
  • Scenic Drives
  • Airstream - Live Riveted
  • Thor Industries
  • Fun for the Whole Family
  • Grand County
  • Explore Memphis like a Local
  • Offbeat Camping
  • Scenic Routes
  • Outdoor Adventure
Clear All

Accommodation Types:

  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Unique Stays

FastBook

Look for FastBook for quick links to
your favorite booking sites

Clear All

Attractions & Culture Types:

  • All Attractions & Culture
  • Amusement Parks
  • Children's Attractions
  • Fall Attractions
  • Museums
  • Offbeat Attractions
  • Top Attractions
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Winter Attractions
  • Zoos & Aquariums
Viator
Look for the icon to book the best
tours and activities nearby.
Clear All

Food & Drink Types:

  • All Food & Drink
  • Bars & Drinks
  • Burgers & BBQ
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Delis & Bakeries
  • Diners & Breakfast Spots
  • Ice Cream & Sweets
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian & Health Food
  • Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Clear All

Outdoors & Recreation Types:

  • All Outdoors & Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Fall Foliage
  • Geographical Areas
  • Geographical Features
  • National Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Scenic Point
  • Swimming Spots
  • Trails & Hikes
Clear All

Points of Interest Types:

  • All Points of Interest
  • Abandoned
  • Architecture
  • College Icons
  • Film & TV
  • Historic
  • Holiday Lights
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Monuments
  • Photo Op
  • Planes, Trains, Autos
  • Public Art
  • Science & Tech
  • Spooky Places
Clear All

Vacation Rentals Types:

  • All Vacation Rentals
  • HomeAway
  • Vacation Rentals

We’ve partnered with HomeAway to find you the perfect vacation rental.

Clear All

Camping & RV Types:

  • All Camping & RV
  • Cottages & Cabins
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Tent Campgrounds
Clear All

Entertainment & Nightlife Types:

  • All Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Art Galleries
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Cinemas
  • Games & Amusements
  • Music
  • Nightlife
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Theaters
Clear All

Services Types:

  • All Services
  • ATMs
  • Auto Services
  • Gas/Fuel Stations
  • Rest Areas
  • Tourist Information
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Rental
Clear All

Shopping Types:

  • All Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Books & Music
  • Crafts & Handmade
  • General Goods
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Groceries
  • Malls & Shopping Areas
  • Quirky Shops
  • Thrift & Flea
Clear All

Sports Types:

  • All Sports
  • Adventure Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Golf
  • Gyms & Fitness
  • Skate & Surf Spots
  • Stadiums
  • Water Sports
  • Winter Sports
Clear All

Motoring Types:

  • All Motoring
  • Automotive Attractions
  • Off-Road Trails
  • Racetracks
  • Scenic Drives
Clear All
  • Trip
  • Places I've Been
  • My Saved Places
  • Collection
  • Featured Trips
  • Accommodation
  • Attractions & Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoors & Recreation
  • Points of Interest
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Camping & RV
  • Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Services
  • Shopping
  • Sports
  • Motoring
  • DON'T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR TRIP. CLICK HERE.

0 Layers
5.0
3 votes

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

1070 Massey Branch Rd, Robbinsville, North Carolina 28771 USA

“3,800 acre "Land of Giants"”

North Carolina’s “Land of the Giants” memorializes poet and World War I serviceman Sgt. Joyce Kilmer who gave his life on a French battlefield when he was struck in the head by a German sniper’s bullet. But before he became a casualty of the Great War, Sgt. Kilmer left us with an American literary treasure. Kilmer’s poem “Trees,” is a beloved work that has been memorized and recited by schoolchildren everywhere for decades past. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest has a story of its own to rival that of its namesake. This 3,800 acre virgin forest was set to be cut before the Great Depression hit, but when lumber prices plummeted it was spared. In 1936, upon petition of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this site was selected and dedicated to honor Sgt. Kilmer forever. The primary two-mile figure-8 trail through the forest offers a moderately easy hike with options at the intersection to continue to the .75-mile upper loop or complete the lower 1.25-mile loop. The largest tulip poplar trees, however, are found on the upper loop, and although they cannot rival the redwoods and sequoias in California, they are impressive and breathtaking all the same. Forest maintenance traditionally has been hands-off, in the spirit of giving the old-growth forest the appearance of being untouched by man. Only trees that fell across the trail or posed imminent danger were sawed or cleared away. Sadly, two species have become casualties of exotic encroachment. The American chestnut fell victim to an Asian blight in the early 1900s, and although their stumps can be found to this day, they disappeared from the forest not long after its dedication. Most of the downed trees are confined to the lower loop, leaving the upper loop with the giant tulip poplars as majestic as ever. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is an American treasure not to be missed. Although it makes for a lovely hike any time of year, I highly recommend hiking the forest in the autumn. The fall color and cool air will make your visit an unforgettable experience. Primary image and description from Backroad Planet.

Read More >
Add Review
Thanks!
Your Rating
1
2
3
4
5

Reviewed by
wanderingwade

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Such a nice trail! I was surprised at how many people were there, because I had only heard about it from a college professor. Enjoyed the hike though. If you are looking to put things in perspective this place might do it for you. We did get a little lost trying to get back to town though, we lost service and so did our gps, but we had plenty of time so that wasn't a big deal.

Was this helpful?

Reviewed by
Ris

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 09, 2014
Rated 5.0

Breathtaking hundred year old trees. Off the beaten path. Views are stunning in the early morning. Pet-friendly hike. Well worth the drive.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

1070 Massey Branch Rd
Robbinsville, North Carolina
28771 USA

Hours not available

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

Own this business?

Claim your business to keep your
listing's information up to date.

Claim

Nearby Hotels

Townsend, Tennessee
FastBook
$$$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Murphy, North Carolina
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Auckland, North Island
FastBook
$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Fontana Village, North Carolina
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

51344