Monday, June 17, 2013

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

We tend to think of the Redwood forests in California when we think of huge old growth trees, but the East Coast has its own standing giants. This memorial forest was dedicated to Joyce Kilmer, a man who passed away during World War I. He was most famous for his poem, “Trees,” a poem that remains known today.

The 3,800 acre tract of old growth trees was incorporated into the 14,000 acre Slickrock Wilderness in 1935. These trees survived the logging of the early 19th century and today stand over 100 feet tall and some more than 20 feet in diameter! This gem of NC is one of the few remaining places in the US that’s still considered virgin forest. 60 miles of hiking trails offer family-friendly fun. To cool off during the hot summer months, feel free to take a dip in Lake Santeetlah afterwards!

From Robbinsville, take Hwy. 129 N for 1.5 miles to the intersection with 143 W (Massey Branch Road). Turn left onto Hwy. 143 W for 5 miles. At the stop sign, turn right onto Kilmer Road. Drive 7.3 miles to the top of Santeetlah Gap and the intersection with Cherohala Skyway. Follow for 2.5 miles to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest entrance. For more info, call 828.479.6431.

Written by Tom Groves

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