Below is a sample of some of the country’s most famous trees. Feel free to highlight others in the comments section.
Tuscumbia – Helen Keller Water Oak
This tree, located at Ivy Green, the Kellers’ home, is reported to have been a favorite of Helen Keller. With her teacher Anne Sullivan, Keller spent time exploring and climbing trees.
Dardanelle – Council Oak
This tree is on the site believed to be where a major treaty between the Cherokee Nation and the Territory of Arkansas was signed in June 1823. Click here to see the tree.
Longwood – The Senator
Big Tree Park is the home of the Senator, the country’s largest bald cypress tree that stands at 125 feet with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet. The Senator is approximately 3,400 to 3,500 years old. Click here to see the tree.
Athens – The Tree That Owns Itself
The famous "Tree that Owns Itself" is a white oak that was granted a plot of land eight feet in radius by its owner William H. Jackson. Although the original tree was damaged in a windstorm in 1942, residents of Athens replanted the tree we see today. Click here to see the tree.
Thomasville – The Big Oak
The 326-year-old oak tree is located in the historic town of Thomasville, Ga. The grand tree has a 24-foot circumference and is so impressive that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had his photo taken with it. Click here to see the tree.
Hodgenville – Lincoln Overcup Oak
This tree is located at Sinking Spring Farm, the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. The family left the farm two years later over a land patent dispute. Click here to see the tree.
Lewisburg – Seven Sisters Oak
The 500-year-old tree was named by Carole Hendry Doby, one of seven sisters, due to its seven sets of branches leading away from the center trunk. Even after taking a direct hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the tree still remains the largest live oak in Louisiana. Click here to see the tree.
Scott County – Champion Tree
Mississippi’s tallest champion tree is a spruce pine that comes in at 156 feet tall.
Cataloochee Valley – Boogerman Pine
Located near eastern end of Boogerman Loop Trail in Cataloochee Valley, a section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the Boogerman Pine. The tree, an Eastern white pine, is 188.8 feet tall and is the tallest accurately measured pine tree in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Click here to see the tree.
The more than 100-year-old tree, an American elm, survived the bombing at the Murrah Building in 1995, despite being heavily damaged. Hundreds of seeds from the Survivor Tree are planted annually and the resulting saplings are distributed each year on the anniversary of the bombing. Click here to see more photos of the tree.
John’s Island – Angel Oak
Angel Oak, a Southern live oak on John’s Island outside of Charleston, is estimated at 1,500 years of age and is among the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. The tree has a diameter of spread reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet and covers 17,100 square feet of ground. Click here to see the tree.
Jackson – Daniel Boone Beech
The tree bears the signatures of Daniel Boone and his friends from a hunting party in 1776 during early Tennessee settlement. Click here to see the tree.
Austin – Treaty Oak
Believed to be more than 500 years old, the tree is the only survivor of a group of live oaks known as the “Council Oaks,” under which Stephen F. Austin is reputed to have signed the first boundary agreement between the Native Americans and the white settlers. An imaginary line running north and south through the heart of this group of oaks divided the territory and remained inviolate for years. Click here to see the tree.
Rockport – The Big Tree
The Big Tree, a live oak in Goose Island State Park believed to be more than 1,000 years old, is the oldest tree in Texas and one of the largest in the country. The tree has been featured in a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” cartoon. Click here to see the tree.
Hampton – Emancipation Oak
Now located on the campus of Hampton University, Emancipation Oak was the site of classes for the children of free slaves and former slaves by Mary Smith Peake in 1861. Click here to see the tree.
[Photo credit: Oklahoma City National Memorial]