Appalachia has an area in the remote section of Western North Carolina which is remarkable. Giant trees stand amazingly untouched by man, surviving to live 300 to 450 years old.
This area is known as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Dedicated to the poet Joyce Kilmer, who wrote his most famous poem titled “Trees” in 1913. This forest is worth visiting.
Taking a walk through this virgin forest is like walking into a forest full of giants, there are giant red oaks, tulip poplar trees and many others. The air is fresh and the walk into the forest is easy to moderate, there are several small bridges to cross.
The Little Santeetlah Creek flows next to Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail inside the Nantahala National Forest. No fallen trees will be removed, and many dying trees stand in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. It is recommended not to visit the forest on windy days.
An additional wilderness area around Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest can be found. The area is known as Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness region, and there are over 60 miles of trails to explore here.
This is a wondrous step back into history inside this region, seeing trees that began growing in 1776 is worth seeing, this is a trip for the entire family.
The world is different here. An ancient tulip tree grows in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. It is 8 feet in diameter and 100 feet in height. Simply breathtaking to see if you have never visited such a miraculous virgin forest as this.
Keep reading, an additional destination will be written about, it's also found near the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
A place found inside of Appalachia, a place wild in beauty and in adventures waiting to be found. So go ahead, go see Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and all of its giants trees!
There is all this and so much more!