The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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    The 526,798-acre Nantahala National Forest  located to the west of Asheville offers family camping, boating, fishing, horse trails and miles of hiking trails. Nantahala is home to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, one of the nation’s most impressive preserves of old-growth forest. Here you may view magnificent examples of over 100 species of trees, some over 20 feet in circumference and 100 feet high. Explored in 1540 by Spanish Conquistador Hernando DeSoto and established in 1920 under the 1911 Weeks Act, this 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to Joyce Kilmer, the soldier/poet who wrote the famous poem “Trees.” Scenic drives, excellent fishing and rafting the whitewaters of the Nantahala River are among the forest’s biggest attractions. Nantahala is also renowned for waterfalls and its beautiful chain of pristine lakes. Black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer and other animals indigenous to the Appalachians abound in the Forest.

Website: Nantahala National Forest
West of Asheville
Distance: 2-3 hours from Asheville
Address: Cheoah District Ranger Office, Massey Branch Rd., Rt. 1 (PO Box 16A),
Robbinsville, NC
               Highlands Ranger District: 2010 Flat Mountain Rd.,
Highlands, NC 28741
Telephone: Nantahala National Forest Cheoah District Ranger 828-524-6441
                   Highlands Ranger District 828-526-3765
Hours: Ranger Office: April-November Daily 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; December-March 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Fees: None to enter park
Camping: Tsali,  Cheoah, Horse Cove, and Cable Cove campgrounds.
Tips: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, part of the Nantahala National Forest, is a virgin, never-logged forest. Not to be missed if you visit.
Resources: Forest Supervisor/National Forests in NC,106 A Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-257-4200.
Nearby:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West. Take Exit 27 to 74 West. Follow 74 West to NC 19. Follow NC 19 to Nantahala.

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