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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 364' 111 m
Descent: -364' -111 m
High: 2,550' 777 m
Low: 2,189' 667 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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An amazing old growth loop run in the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness.

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One section of the lower loop is closed due to recent wildfire. Access to the upper loop is still possible.

Overview

This is a moderate trail only due to rocks and roots. Enjoy beautiful old growth trees with a short loop run.

Need to Know

A restroom and picnic tables are located at the trailhead.

Description

This forest is one of the nation’s most impressive remnants of old-growth forest. The forest contains magnificent examples of more than 100 tree species, many over 400-years-old, and some more than 20 feet in circumference and 100 feet tall.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Giant trees such as hemlocks, oaks and maples. Rhododendrons, mountain laurels and ferns. Many species of birds.

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Old growth tree
Apr 30, 2018 near Robbins…, NC
Creek
Apr 30, 2018 near Robbins…, NC
Joyce Kilmer's Trees Poem
Apr 30, 2018 near Robbins…, NC
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Apr 30, 2018 near Robbins…, NC

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