The two major activities of Joyce Kilmer National Forest are hiking and picnicking, notes the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Joyce Kilmer National Forest is a publicly owned old growth forest. It is located on 3,800 acres in Graham County, North Carolina, and is named for poet Joyce Kilmer.
Those interested in seeing the Joyce Kilmer National Forest must do so on foot. The Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail is a 2-mile trail containing two loops that create a figure eight. The lower loop is 1.25 miles and takes hikers to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial plaque. The upper loop is the smaller loop and is 0.75 miles long. This loop takes hikers through the Popular Cove. The Popular Cove contains the largest trees in the forest, such as yellow-poplars, sycamore, beech, basswood and oak. Some trees that can be viewed in the Joyce Kilmer National Forest are more than 400 years old. The oldest trees are more than 100 feet tall and have a circumference of 20 feet.
Those who wish to picnic at the park can do so in the parking area located at the trailhead. The area has picnic tables and a flush toilet. As of 2015, the Joyce Kilmer National Forest does not allow parking overnight or camping.