The Joyce Kilmer Forest and More Natural Attractions by Robbinsville

The premier tourist destination in Robbinsville is the Joyce Kilmer Forest. Located in Graham County, North Carolina, this forest is not only an astounding natural attraction but also a memorable tribute to world renowned poet Joyce Kilmer, who inspired millions of people with his poem "Trees." He was killed in France in World War I. During your stay at a Robbinsville inn, be sure to visit Joyce Kilmer Forest and other attractions nearby.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Kilmer Road, Robbinsville
(800) 470-3790
www.main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html

The Joyce Kilmer Forest is one of the most impressive old-growth forests in the country. It spans over 3,800 acres composed of more than 100 species of trees, most of which are over 100 feet tall and 400 years old. It is part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slick Rock Wilderness. There are plenty of activities to do around the forest, but the best way to explore is through hiking along the two-mile trail that leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial. You'll find yourself surrounded by towering trees, gigantic yellow poplars, and a mix of ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, vines, mosses and other lush flowering plants. Going further will take you to Poplar Cove, which is where you'll see the biggest trees in the forest. Along the trail, you'll find some restrooms and picnic tables in case you'd want to take a break. There are also streams, waterfalls and cascades to keep you mesmerized. Other activities to enjoy while you're here include bicycling, climbing, wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Camping and overnight parking are not allowed on the premises. Since it is maintained in its natural and primitive state, removing any plants either living or dead is strictly prohibited. Don't fail to include this gorgeous forest in your itinerary during your stay at a Robbinsville Bed and Breakfast.

Cherohala Skyway
Robbinsville, NC
(800) 768-7129
www.cherohala.com

The Joyce Kilmer Forest isn't the only treasure of Robbinsville. Equally impressive is the scenic drive called the Cherohala Skyway. It is a 36-mile road that stretches from the North Carolina mountains up to the Tennessee back country. Visitors who come here particularly during the autumn are always astounded by the amazing views. Spend a day relaxing or having a picnic at the Bald River Falls before driving to the skyway, then go up to Highway 129 or the Dragon Tail for an extraordinary experience. It's one of the best scenic routes in the state.

Santeetlah Lake
Robbinsville, NC

Santeetlah Lake is another must-see attraction during your vacation to Robbinsville. It's a 3,000 acre recreational lake that is part of the Nantahala National Forest. Surrounded by lush mountain slopes, you'll enjoy the views while you partake in exciting water activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking, among others. Rent a boat and explore the virgin coves nearby. It's one of the most gorgeous mountain lakes in North Carolina.