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Forest Facts: Champion Trees

Forthwith, interesting tidbits about Great Smoky's largest forest dwellers.

About 20 percent of the park’s trees, more than 100,000 acres’ worth, are old-growth, including tulip, eastern hemlocks, yellow buckeyes, yellow birches, northern red oaks, and red spruce. Several National Champion Trees (the biggest trees in the United States, as determined by a forestry group point system) are also located in GSMNP:

Species Girth Height Spread

Red maple 276″ 141′ 88′

Northern red oak 257″ 134′ 81′

Black cherry 210″ 134′ 70′

Eastern hemlock 202″ 165′ 38′

Red spruce 144″ 146′ 34′

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