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Forest Facts: Champion Trees

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

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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’