I have driven past this small stand of mostly Hemlock for years and lo and behold I finally scrambled up the slope to measure how big around they actually are: the largest is 11" 5" in circumference and the second is 10' 6""
Not champion size I know but the trees are still relatively healthy. A vacation homeowner just below them may have treated them along with quite a few others on his property of varying size classes as they are the healthiest hemlock trees around that I know of. A pretty little cove reminicent of an era now gone. I wonder how many areas like this are left? Is there anywhere in the Smokies I could go and see a successfully saved old growth Hemlock forest?
A couple more big trees further up towards the ridgeline: Tulip Poplar with girth of 10' 7", and a Northern Red Oak at 11' 7"" Then I walked out on a section of MST that I hadn't been on and saw a fallen red oak smaller than that one cut for trail passage - didn't count each ring but over 200 I'm sure. Also a fallen white pine unusual in size for this area where most trees along the Blue Ridge Parkway don't look much older than it is, about 80 years at this point, and not looking like they are going to get much older due to the hammering they get from wind and ice on the ridgeline. I left the tape in the truck, but shoulds have taken it along.