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 GirthHeightSpread

Red maple276"141'88' Northern red oak257"134'81' Black cherry210"134'70' Eastern hemlock 202"165'38'

Red spruce144"146'34'