Robbinsville and Nantahala National Forest

Discussion in 'North Carolina' started by Vicolette, May 6, 2012.

  1. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    I was thinking about a trip I took several years ago to Robbinsville and how much fun I had hiking through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the Nantahala. We traveled all around the area to Murphy for antiques and Bryson City for the scenic train ride across the whitewater rapids. I even walked a small portion of the Appalachian Trail.

    One trek we took was to the movie set that had been used for the Jodie Foster movie, "Nell", back in 1994. At that time the shell of the cabin was still intact, not any longer due to safety issues. The trail was a 2-mile jaunt down a forest service road and over treed and open trails. We were the only people there. Beautiful spot on Lake Fontana. On the way back near dusk, we came upon our earlier tracks in the soft dirt and layered over our tracks were those of a big cat. Not a house cat, but a big one like those of cougars that live in the area. We'd already seen bear tracks near the water so this was yet another sign that when remote hiking, know you're not alone. Anyone else have a story to share while hiking in the mountains, parks or forests?
     
  2. train2london

    train2london New Member

    hiking in Nantahala National Forest

    I also took a hike with a few buddies of mine to the filming location for the movie “Nell" though it's a little disappointing because all that’s left of nell’s cabin is a small rock foundation for the porch.

    Still, the trail at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is beautiful, though some areas off the sides of the trail are so steep that might make a lot of newbies nervous. Overall, the forest is amazing and the fact that some of the larger trees have been standing for over 500 years is awesome!
     
  3. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    We were fortunate to see the cabin as it was during the filming of the movie and were able to walk around inside. Anything that could be used as as souvenir had been removed but it was still interesting to be there. I can understand why the forest service had to dismantle the building, though, as it would definitely be unsafe once it began to deteriorate. Beautiful location and so quiet!

    And yes, some of those steep drop-offs can be mighty scary. One trail we went on-and I don't remember the name-took as to an enclosed and fenced point jutting out over the valley where we could see nothing but trees and mountains for miles. There was no way down this particular embankment. Way too high. I remember thinking what would happen if a critter came up behind us and blocked the only exit. I guess I would have tried to shinny up a tree! NC, GA and TN at the top of my list of favorite places to travel to.
     
  4. wanderer

    wanderer Moderator

    I love that corner of the world too! The scenery is so amazing. I think the trees are more lush than they are elsewhere. I visited up there in Cherokee many years ago...so long ago, the Cherokee Casino was just a small place for gaming. It's now a big resort and there's a ton of outdoor adventures to enjoy in the area too. The fishing is especially good.
     
  5. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    Cherokee, one of my most favorite places. Was there before and after the casino. And you're right, the lushness of the landscape throughout the NC, TN and GA area is outstanding. We travelled a lot along the back roads for a scenic drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee and crossed the French Broad River. So beautiful. Don't get me started on the Blue Ridge. I'm ready to go back!
     
  6. wanderer

    wanderer Moderator

    Taking the back roads is highly recommended. It's some of the prettiest parts of the Southeast right here!
     

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