Tree Information

Common Name: white oak

Scientific Name: Quercus alba

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 2435

Status: not top 3

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: no

Circumference: 235 in.

Height: 80 ft.

Crown: 116 ft.

Points: 344

Date Last Measured: 2024

Last Measured by: John Peterson and Tom McAvoy

Date First Measured: 2016

This tree is known as the Keffer Oak, one of the largest white oaks on the Appalachian Trail. The tree was brought to the attention of the Virginia Big Tree Program by James Close who thought the tree might be a contender for largest tree on the Appalachian Trail. Research revealed that there is a larger white oak in New York.
2024 comments: The tree has waning vitality in its advanced age, but there are no indicators of disease or disorders. It has the typical branch and twig dieback that is observed in veteran oaks, but no cause for concern for its wellbeing at this time. An apparent error was made in measuring the tree height and crown spread in 2016. It is unlikely the tree has grown much since that time given its advanced age and low vitality.
2016 comments: Measured by Alex Cassell, Alex Walbrun at 235" trunk, 59' height, 104' crown, 320 points.

Top: Alex Cassell, 2016. Bottom: John Peterson, 2024.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Craig

State Map

Land Owner: U.S. Forest Service

GPS Coordinates: 37.34988, -80.37439

Directions: Tree is directly on the Appalachian Trail. If going from nearby parking lot, the coordinates there are 37.35143, -80.37910. Follow the trail SE for 0.29mi. Tree will be on the right with a sign identifying it is the Keffer Oak.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-231-5148

Contact Info: Tom McAvoy,, John Peterson,


Original Nominator(s): Alex Cassell, Alex Walbrun

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