Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail

At A Glance


2 mi one-way

Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 43

This trail is located in the Cheoah Ranger District area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Cheoah Ranger District trails list page.


This figure-8 loop trail travels through a spectacular, virgin forest, one of the largest tracts of uncut forest in the Eastern United States. The forest around this trail is designated the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This is a fitting memorial for an individual who is best know for his poem, "Trees". A monument inscribed with the poem lies at the mid-point of the hike, where the figure-8 trails cross. Excellent representation of original, native cove hardwood forest with enormous trees. Well-designed trail with creek crossings on bridges. Connects with trails in the larger, wilder Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area.

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Tabitha Myler said: This is a GREAT trail (easy) and you can see 450 year old trees that take 6 - 8 adults to wrap their arms around them!!! IT IS A MUST SEE WHEN YOU ARE IN THE AREA!!!!
Monday, August 19 2013 3:48pm
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