Joyce Kilmer is 3,800-acre forest is located in Graham County approximately 4 miles from Snowbird Mountain Lodge and 15 miles from Robbinsville, NC. Boasting 32 trails covering 125 miles, the forest is much larger than most anticipate. Snowbird Mountain Lodge offers maps for sale detailing trail descriptions.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is one of the most impressive remnants of old-growth forest, with over 100 tree specimens, many over 400 years old.
A restroom and picnic tables are available at the trailhead.
Poplar Cover Loop Trail – 2.25 miles – easy to moderate
Naked Ground Trail – 4.3 miles – moderate to strenuous
Jenkins Meadow – 3.3 miles – moderate to strenuous
Stratton Bald Trail – 5.9 miles to the Wolf Laurel Junction, 7.2 miles to The Bald – strenuous
Haoe Lead Trail – 6.7 miles to end at Stratton Bald Trail – moderate
The forest is named in memory Joyce Kilmer a poet most famous for his poem “Trees.”
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.