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When we think of impressively huge trees, most of us probably think of the redwood forests of California.
Ohio may not have an abundance of giant trees, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some worth checking out. In fact, just a bit north of Columbus, you’ll find one of the most amazing trees that nature has to offer.
Ohio is home to more than 275 species of trees. Ten trees found in Ohio are the largest found in the United States. And this Giant Cottonwood Tree near Alum Creek is sure to impress.
About the tree
This Giant Cottonwood Tree stands around 136 feet and the circumference of its base is nearly 31 feet. It’s the second-largest tree in all of Ohio, and the largest Eastern Cottonwood tree east of the Mississippi River.
To put that into perspective, LeBron James has a wingspan of 7 feet. That means it would take nearly 4-and-a-half LeBron’s to hug this tree! The height is nearly half as tall as a Giant Sequoia (Redwood).
In the right conditions, Cottonwood trees can live for hundreds of years. Sadly, this behemoth of a tree has recently suffered some storm damage and there’s no guarantee that it will still be around in the decades to come, so plan your visit and check it out in person before it’s too late.
Where to find it
The cottonwood can be found across the street from the offices of veterinarian Dr. Don R. Mann, who first nominated the tree as a grand champion. It’s a very short walk across a street and down a small hill, but you won’t miss it, due to its massive size.
What to do
When you get to the tree, we recommend that first, you take an awesome photo to document your experience. Remember that while you’re there, you are in nature. Take care to clean up after yourself and leave the tree and surrounding area as beautiful as you found it.
This is a big tree, so if you’re planning on photographing it, you’ll want a wide lens. If you’re going alone, be sure to take a tripod! The tree is massive and it makes a big difference when you can see it to the scale of a human being.
Originally published 8/13/19. Updated 8/11/20.
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