Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest


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  • Seasons - Year-round
  • Hours - 24-7


  • Nantahala National Forest

    Robbinsville,   NC   28771


The only way to see the impressive memorial forest is on foot. The figure-eight Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail covers 2 miles and has two loops: the 1-1/4-mile lower loop passes the Joyce Kilmer Memorial plaque, and the upper 3/4-mile loop swings through Poplar Cove, a grove of the largest trees.

Who is the park named after? Veterans of the Foreign Wars asked the government to set aside a fitting stand of trees to serve as a living memorial to Joyce Kilmer, who was killed in action during World War I. Although Kilmer was both a soldier and a poet, he is most remembered for his poetry about common, beautiful things in nature. Kilmer’s best known poem is "Trees."

The trailhead parking area has a flush toilet and picnic tables. No camping or overnight parking is allowed.

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Nantahala National Forest
Robbinsville NC 28771


Latitude: 35° 21' 34.9194" / Longitude: -83° 55' 45.1194"

Special Directions:

Located about 15 miles from Robbinsville. Take Highway 129 North for 1½ miles to the junction with Highway 143 West (Massey Branch Road). Turn left on Highway 143 and travel approx 4 miles to a stop sign/T intersection. Turn right and drive for approx 7.3 miles and bear to the right at the junction of Santeetlah Gap and the Cherohala Skyway. Continue for another 2½ miles to the entrance of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest on your left.

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