Perched high in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Robbinsville, North Carolina is the county seat of Graham County. The town itself is tiny, with a year round population of just over 600, but the nearby public lands are vast and varied in their scenic value.

For starters, there is the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Dedicated in 1936 to honor a poet killed in action during World War II, the Joyce Kilmer is an inspiring place where old growth yellow poplars, some as many as 400 years old, tower as much as 125 feet above the forest floor alongside oak, basswood, giant hemlocks, and sycamore trees. Other outdoor attractions include the Nantahala National Forest, the Cherohala Skyway, Lake Santeetlah, and the Cheoah River.

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Did you know? Once a hiding place for Cherokee Indians trying to evade the Trail of Tears, the 10,000-acre Snowbird Backcountry Area makes a great venue for primitive camping and backcountry fly-fishing.

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