Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop
ElevationAscent: 364' 111 m
Descent: -364' -111 m
High: 2,550' 777 m
Low: 2,189' 667 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“An amazing old growth loop run in the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness.”— Fliers
This 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to the author of the poem “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer, who was killed in action in France during World War I. Part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slick Rock Wilderness, the woods are maintained in their primitive state.
The only way to see this forest is on foot. A 2-mile trail leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial and loops through the giant trees.
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Land Manager: USFS - Nantahala National Forest Office