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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

FRANCE JULY 30, 1918.


This simple biography of Joyce Kilmer is engraved on a
bronze plaque in the heart of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Joyce Kilmer was educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, where he graduated in 1908. He taught high school for a year, and then launched out on his writing career. He took up editorial and journalistic work in New York City, rising rapidly to prominence as an accomplished journalist. From 1913 to 1918, he served on the staff of the New York Times and contributed mean-while to many magazines.

It is as a poet, however, that Joyce Kilmer is chiefly remembered. His love of the common and beautiful things, especially in Nature, found a simple and delicate expression in verse.

Through most of Kilmer's poems and articles runs a strong religious thread. There is a deep, underlying sense of humility, and a worship of things simple and clean and eternal. He sensed the dignity and the God-given unity of all living things, whether man or tree.


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.

-Joyce Kilmer
From - Trees and Other Poems by Joyce Kilmer
Copyright 1914 by Doubleday and Company Inc.

The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

This Forest is one of the most impressive remnants of our Nation's virgin wilderness. Here, where the headwaters of great rivers rise, immense trees grow in the natural set- ting that was theirs when this region was the unexplored hunting ground of the Cherokees.

Many of the huge trees are hundreds of years old. Some of them are twenty feet around the base and more than a hundred feet high. They include yellow poplar, hem- lock, sycamore, basswood, dogwood, beech, several species of oak, and many others.

In addition to the trees, there is an out- standing variety of shrubs, vines, ferns, mosses, lichens, liverworts, and herbaceous plants. In the spring wild flowers take ad vantage of sunlight which will not be avail able after the hardwood trees are covered with shade producing leaves.

Rhododendron, mountain laurel and azalea are to be found in bloom in the late spring and early summer.

Though this forest is undisturbed by man, it is ever-changing. Some trees die so others may live. Many species of vegetation would be eliminated without occasional openings in the treetops to admit sunlight. Insects and plant diseases take their toll At many places on the forest floor you will see remnants of massive American chestnut trees which, prior to 1925, composed a large part of the timber stand. The chestnut blight disease, accidentally introduced from Asia, has now killed all of the mature trees. Occasional sprouts may still be found.

The memorial tract is maintained in its primitive and natural state. No plants living or dead may be cut or removed.

The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is part of the 14,000-acre Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. This area lies in the watersheds of Little Santeetlah and Slickrock creeks, which are separated by the ridge between Stratton Bald and Haoe. There are more than 60 miles of hiking trails in this wilderness that follow ridge tops or cool mountain streams. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with state laws.

The web site links below are listed as a convenience to our visitors. We take no responsibility and give no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or otherwise, for the content or accuracy of these third-party sites.

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Nearby Events:
Robbinsville - Graham County

Bryson City - Swain County

Appalachian Trail
 Appalachian Trail - Nantahala Hiking Club
on-line hiking guidebook for the NC Mountain region
Area Attractions
ATV Trail Rides
Bartram Trail
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Biltmore Estate
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cades Cove
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cherohala Skyway
Cherokee Bear Zoo
Cherokee Corn Maze
Cherokee Indian Museum
Chimney Rock Park
Clingmans Dome
Creek Tubing
Deals Gap (The Tail of the Dragon)
Fontana Lake & Dam
Free Visitor's Guide
Golf Courses
Grandfather Mountain
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Harrahs Casino
Horseback Riding
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Linville Caverns
Local Attractions
Mountain Biking
Mountain Golf
Nantahala National Forest
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Pack Place - Asheville
Pisgah National Forest
Santa's Land
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats
Unto These Hills
Western NC Nature Center
White Water Rafting

Whitewater Outfitters
Carolina Outfitters 800.468.7238
River Runners Retreat 800.237.RAFT
Appalachian Rivers 800.330.1999
Nantahala Outdoor Center 800.232.7328

Creekside Tubing 828.488.2587
Deep Creek Tubing 828.488.6055

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats

Lakes End Boat Rental 828.321.4484
Lake Nantahala Pontoon boats for rent.
1/2 day $80 - Full day $130 plus gas + oil
Also canoe rentals.

Mountain View Marina on Lake Hiwassee
 Nestled in the gated Bear Paw Resort, our full-service marina offers boat rental, long and short term slip rental, gasoline, boat ramp, bait, boating supplies and a full-service grill. Lake Hiwassee is just minutes from the Tennessee and Georgia state lines, centrally located between Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville and just 2 hours north of Atlanta. Whether it be a quick day trip or an extended vacation, Lake Hiwassee and Mountain View Marina are a perfect getaway destination. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Hiwassee is one of the most picturesque vacation retreats in the southeast. With most of its 163 miles of shoreline preserved by the Nantahala National Forest, Lake Hiwassee's breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled. Quiet secluded coves and inlets provide excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying the view. From the spring's mountain laurel to the glorious colors of fall, Lake Hiwassee's engaging scenery can be enjoyed year round. Hiawassee.

Golf Courses
Cherokee Hills Golf Course 828.837.5853
Chatuge Shores Golf Course 828.389.8940
Mountain Harbour Country Club 800.577.4020

Horseback Riding
Lonesome Dove Stables 828.479.6105
Chunky Gal Stables 828.389.4175

Cold Springs Trout Fishing 828.321.4154
Broken Line Bait & Tackle 828.321.3162
Tumbling Waters Trout Farm 828.479.3814

Wilderness Parks / Areas
Cheoah Ranger Station 828.479.6431
National Park Service 828.837.8141

Mountain Bike Outfitters
Nantahala Outdoor Center 800.232.7238
Tasli Bike Trail . .

Cherokee Indian Reservation & Casino
Cherokee Visitor Center 800.438.1601
Oconaluftee Indian Village 828.497.2315
Casino Harrahs 800.HARRAHS

Gem Mining
Mason Mountain Mine 828.524.4570

Outdoor Outfitters
Snowbird Mountain Outfitters 828.835.7223
Take a Hike Trail Shop 706.896.9557

Theatre & Music
Licklog Players (Hayesville, NC) 828.389.8632
Unto These Hills (Cherokee, NC) 828.497.2111
Stecoah Valley Arts & Crafts 828.479.3364
John C. Campbell Folk School 800.365.5

Other Phone Numbers of Interest
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Visitor Information 865.436.1200
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad 800.872.4681
Llama Treks - Hawkesdene House 800.447.9549
Stecoah Valley Arts & Crafts 800.872.4681
Fields of the Wood 704.494.7855

Andrews, NC
Chamber of Commerce 828.321.3584

Cherokee County
Chamber of Commerce 828.837.2242

Road Conditions
NC DOT (Cherokee County) 828.321.4105

Smoky Jet Boat Rides and Smokey Mountain Hikes
Jet Boat Rides and Great Smoky Mountain National Park Hikes

More Activities:
Short drive from  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, spectacular waterfalls, antique and Appalachian craft shopping, Smoky Mountains Country Club Golf Course in Whittier, skiing at Cataloochee, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, & kayaking on the Nantahala River. Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railway from the Bryson City or Dillsboro depots. Stay near the Cherokee Indian Reservation and shop for Native American Indian crafts. Appalachian Trail, Biltmore House and Gardens, Blowing Rock, Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals, Cherokee Indian Museum, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Soco Gardens Zoo, Tribal Bingo, Harrahs Casino. Shopping in Asheville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley. Chimney Rock Park , Mt. Mitchell State Park, Gold City Gem Mine, Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, Road to Nowhere in Bryson City, Smoky Mountain Jamboree in Maggie Valley, Cradle of Forestry, Fontana Dam, Deep Creek Tubing in Bryson City, Fields of the Wood, pontoon boating on Fontana Lake and Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains Railway from Nantahala River Gorge, Bryson City or Dillsboro. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Linville Caverns, Mountain Farm and Museum at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Oconaluftee Visitors Center, Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala River rafting, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Pisgah National Forest, Santa's Land in Cherokee, Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier, Soco Gardens Zoo, Tribal Bingo, Harrahs Cherokee Casino, Tsali mountain biking and horse riding, Unto These Hills Drama in Cherokee, Darnell's Corn Maze in Bryson City. Skiing and  snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Area. Snow tubing at Cataloochee Ski Area and Scaly Mountain snow tubing.
So much to do and not enough time to see it all!

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Cabin for Rent by Owner close to Nantahala River White Water Rafting

'A Mountain Memory' is a quiet, secluded two bedrooms, two baths, cabin with easy access to the Nantahala River. This cozy cabin features a rustic decor with pine paneled cathedral ceilings and wood floors.

Relax in the hot tub spa and enjoy the peaceful surroundings on the large deck and the private picnic area and outside grill. Escape to the mountains for Nantahala River whitewater rafting, Nantahala River trout fly fishing, mountain biking and hiking, while enjoying all the conveniences of home.

This cabin is perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary with its cozy fireplace stove and romantic Jacuzzi in the loft; the spaciousness of the cabin makes it also perfect for a small family.

Amenities include all-glass front wall facing the view, a rock faced fireplace stove with gas logs, Washer/Dryer, central Heat/Air, a well equipped kitchen with microwave, coffee maker and dishwasher.

Entertainment amenities include a four person hot tub spa on the deck, a large screen TV with Directv satellite system, DVD and VCR player.

Deck has two comfortable Lafuma recliners, two camping chairs and a charcoal grill. Bring your charcoal.

Hope you join us in the mountains.

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Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway NC and TN Motorcycle excursion roads.

The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America ’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other roads less traveled, but just as exciting. Come and discover them all.

This Vacation Rental Cabin is near Nantahala River Gorge White Water Rafting, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Lake Nantahala and Nantahala River trout fly fishing, USFS Tsali Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trails, Appalachian Trail hiking, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Lake Fontana and Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursions Train, Cherokee Indian Reserve and Harrah's Casino in Cherokee. Only a scenic 1 1/2 hour excursion to Asheville NC and Biltmore House Estate.

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