Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Joyce Kilmer Memorial

Joyce Kilmer Memorial

Joyce Kilmer was the poet who penned Trees (I think that I shall never see / a poem as lovely as a tree….). He was killed at the age of 30 in France during World War I. The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a part of the Nantahala National Forest and was established as a living memorial to Kilmer at the request of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The U.S. Forest Service purchased the land in 1936, before it could be logged, so the area features one of the Appalachain’s only original growth cove hardwood forests. The tallest and largest trees are Liriodendron tulipifera or tulip tree, some them as much as 450 years old. They would have been seedlings about the time that Shakespeare was born.

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

There is an easy two-mile trail through the forest to the area where the largest and oldest trees are located.

Trail through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Trail through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Trail through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Trail through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Although the huge trees are the forest’s main attraction, its location in an Appalachain cove gives the area a diversity of other photogenic flora and fauna.

Shelf mushrooms on a fallen tree

Shelf mushrooms on a fallen tree

Mushroom

Mushroom

Green-legged grasshopper

Green-legged grasshopper

Little Santeetlah Creek running through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Little Santeetlah Creek running through the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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10 responses to “Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

  1. So beautiful trees, and the green-legged grasshopper is so pretty!

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  2. Crooked Tracks

    I like when they put those historical markers, its fun to learn something about the place.

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  3. I’m wordless looking at those magnificent trees…..
    THANK YOU!!!!!

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  4. I remember reading Joyce Kilmer’s trees in school. Beautiful trees , beautiful forest Ann and gorgeous shots.

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    • Ann

      Thank you! It’s strange to see and touch a living thing that is that old. Although there are a couple of bristlecone pines in California that are ten times older – several hundred years old already when the Great Sphinx was built – and still alive today.

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  5. Funky fungus and HUGE trees. πŸ™‚

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