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Wye Oak State Park, Wye Mills

#7 of 7 in Parks in Talbot County
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Wye Oak was the largest white oak tree in the United States and the State Tree of Maryland from 1941 until its demise in 2002. Wye Oak State Park preserves the site where the revered tree stood for more than 400 years in the town of Wye Mills, Talbot County, Maryland.The Wye Oak was believed to be over 460 years old at the time of its destruction during a severe thunderstorm on June 6, 2002. It measured 31ft in circumference of the trunk at breast height, 96ft high, with a crown spread of 119ft. It is believed that the acorn that became the oak germinated around the year 1540. The Wye Oak was still bearing a maturing crop of acorns when it was toppled.The Wye Oak drew public attention in 1909, when Maryland State Forester Fred W. Besley made the first official measurement of the tree. Ten years later, in 1919, it was featured in American Forestry magazine as the first tree in the American Forestry Association's "Tree Hall of Fame." The Wye Oak inspired Besley to found the Big Tree Champion Program in 1925; as a result, in 1940 the American Forestry Association named the Wye Oak one of its first National Champion Trees. By the time of its destruction 62 years later, only one other tree named that year remained standing. The tree faced a loss of a large limb in 1956 that sparked concerns, and another limb fell in 1984 that weighed 70,280 lbs.
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  • When you visit Wye Mills and partake of the Grist Mill, Beaten Bisquits and Old Wye Church, you need to go to Wye Oak State Park along the Wye River (know far and wide for its Maryland Oysters). All....  more »
  • The Wye Oak State Park is established as a memorial area to the 400+ year old White Oak (believe to be the biggest and oldest in the country) but was destroyed by the storm in 2008. Visitors can see.....  more »
  • The Great Wye Oak lives on. A "little bit smaller". But every bit as Great. Peaceful surroundings, an enjoyable experience.
  • I remember the oak fondly. My heart broke when I heard it had fallen. But with each death comes new life.
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