Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:41 am

I have wanted to get to old growth areas of the mountains of North Carolina for along time, especially areas with a lot of big Tulip trees. Since my son and I would be passing through western North Carolina on our way home from Florida, it seemed like the perfect time. I had read about Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest weeks before and it seemed like it would be an easy place to get to and it was. Wow! what a place! Once we started up the trail, we didn't see many Tulip trees. There were a lot of other trees and rhododendrons everywhere. Once you start seeing the Tulip trees, they are almost everywhere you look. It is amazing how many of them are huge, very big around and very tall. Anybody who wants to see any old growth forests should go there. You would not be disappointed. I took a lot of pictures. I obviously would not be able to post them all, but tried to post enough to give a good representation of the area. The pictures don't it justice.


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Re: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Post by ElijahW » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:37 pm


I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Joyce Kilmer. I've never been, but would like to someday. In the last year or so, the importance of having easily accessible old growth has increasingly stood out to me. I typically don't mind a bushwack; in fact, I prefer to avoid other people while in the woods, but a lot of the population is not like that. I think you're doing a good thing taking your family to all these outstanding tree places, whether they appreciate it at the time or not.

"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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Re: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:39 am

I haven't been there in over two decades. The hemlocks were still there the last time I visited the grove.

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Re: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:04 pm

Tom- Great shots of those massive Tulip trees. I was up that way back in 09 what a great Forest with tons of big and tall trees!! Larry

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