Tree Information

Common Name: chinkapin oak

Scientific Name: Quercus muehlenbergii

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 287 in.

Height: 66 ft.

Crown: 113 ft.

Points: 381

Date Last Measured: 2018

Last Measured by: Eric Wiseman

Date First Measured: 1990

Comments: Declared national champion in 2019. The tree is in very good health and appears structurally stable. It gets quite a bit of foot traffic around its base due to the interest of visitors staying at the adjacent Rustic Cabin. Hopefully it can tolerate this love. Also, a sycamore located to the northwest is starting to encroach on its crown. Would be nice to see some crown reduction pruning performed on the sycamore to minimize its competition. The elder Mr. Strickler, who is now deceased, was very proud of the tree and there is a plaque commemorating the tree. This tree was a challenge to measure given its location on a steep slope and the inaccessibility of the crown over the river. To measure the trunk, a mid-slope position was established on its northeast side. There it was measured at 4.5' above the ground line, just above a large burl. The crown was measured using a missing line routine whereby the distance and direction is measured to points on opposite side of the crown from a fixed position and then the Law of Cosines is used to calculate the crown spread.

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Eric Wiseman July 2018

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Rockingham

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Land Owner: Edward L. Strickler

GPS Coordinates: 38.38055, -78.67174

Owner Email: on file

Directions: It is located off of Route 33E at Massanutten. If you are going East on 33, make a right onto Mt. Olivet Church Road at the intersection of 33 and Mt. Olivet Ch. Road. (You would make a left if you were going to Massanutten). Go 2 miles and the Road ends. Take a left onto Waterloo Mill Lane and go about 500 ft. The tree is on the right of the road on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The owner, Mr. Strickler, does not reside on the property where the tree is located. Tree is next to the Rustic River Cabin, which is on the parcel adjacent to the landowner ( Near 3223 Waterloo Mill Ln, Elkton, VA 22827.

Owner Address: 8232 SCOTTSVILLE RD


Owner Phone: 434-924-5126

Contact Information

Contact Name: Edward Strickler

Contact Phone: 434-924-5126

Contact Info: Person who used to live near the tree and served as contact: Catherine Galvin Alex Darr measured in 2011.


Original Nominator(s): Thomas S. Holland

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