Located in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge near St. Francisville
This bald cypress is the stuff of legends. Its height exceeds 80 feet and it has a circumference of 54 feet, with a diameter of 17 feet. It is considered the largest bald cypress in the U.S. and is the sixth largest tree in the country. Notably, it is the largest tree of any species east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
It is a National Champion Tree, a program American Forest hosts to designate the largest tree of a species in individual states and across the country.
The Cat Island Cypress is believed to be at least 1,200-1,500 years old, which means it began growing around the same time as the death of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor of Europe. Cat Island is not actually an island, but the tree is not always accessible by vehicle or even on foot. Sometimes, a boat is required to reach it.
See Google Maps Cat Island Cypress Page.