165TH INFANTRY, RAINBOW
DIVISION, SOLDIER AND POET,
AUTHOR OF "TREES", BORN IN
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., DECEMBER
6, 1886, KILLED IN ACTION IN
FRANCE JULY 30, 1918.
THIS MEMORIAL WAS INITIATED
BY BOZEMAN BULGER POST,
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
AND WAS SELECTED BY THE
U. S. FOREST SERVICE.
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.
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.
JOYCE KILMER SLICKROCK WILDERNESS
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.
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.
Topographic Maps of the Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock area from
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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Hiking
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Loops
Hiking and Area Maps
Robbinsville - Graham County
Bryson City - Swain County
Appalachian Trail - Nantahala
on-line hiking guidebook for the NC Mountain region
ATV Trail Rides
More Bartram Trail Information
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cherokee Bear Zoo
Cherokee Corn Maze
Cherokee Indian Museum
Chimney Rock Park
Deals Gap (The Tail of the Dragon)
Fontana Lake & Dam
Free Visitor's Guide
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Nantahala National Forest
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Pack Place - Asheville
Pisgah National Forest
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats
Unto These Hills
Western NC Nature Center
White Water Rafting
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
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.
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.
Cherokee Hills Golf Course 828.837.5853
Chatuge Shores Golf Course 828.389.8940
Mountain Harbour Country Club 800.577.4020
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
Mason Mountain Mine 828.524.4570
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 800.365.5724
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
Chamber of Commerce 828.321.3584
Chamber of Commerce 828.837.2242
NC DOT (Cherokee County) 828.321.4105
Jet Boat Rides and Great Smoky Mountain National Park Hikes
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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'A Mountain Memory' is a quiet, secluded two
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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
stove with gas logs, Washer/Dryer,
central Heat/Air, a well
equipped kitchen with microwave, coffee maker and
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.
Availability Calendar, Rates and Reservations
availability and reservations,
or call owner at 678-383-4231
Mountain Memory' Romantic Rental Cabin
Topton - Nantahala NC 28781
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