MORE INFORMATION: Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Creek Wilderness Nantahla National Forest Cheoah Ranger District Route 1, Box 16-A Robbinsville, NC 28771 (704) 479-6431
HIGHLIGHTS: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness was designated with the passage of the 1975 Wilderness Act and expanded in size in 1984 with the North Carolina Wilderness Act. The 17,013 acres of forest shares a common boundary along the Unicoi Mountains with the Citico Creek Wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, but the majority of land is in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. Although the wilderness is best known for the gigantic strands of virgin timber in the Poplar Cove area, the high elevation areas including Stratton Bald and Hangover offer fantastic views of the surrounding Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. Both areas exceed 5000 feet and offer dramatic 270-360 degree views. Hangover is a rock formation with various rock outcroppings and there are campsites and a water source only a short distance from here at Naked Ground. This hike starts at the Wolf Laurel trailhead and makes a series of ascents and descents in route to the spectacular views at Hangover.