Beyond playing in trees as a kid or attempting to build a fort, I’ve never been much of a tree hugger. I appreciate what trees do for us and the shade they bring especially on a hot Texas summer day, but for the most part I drive past trees without paying too much attention to them, like most of us do. But I do appreciate history and tradition, so when I hear about the oldest tree in Texas being over 1,000 years old, I must admit that it is pretty cool. 

If you’re not familiar with the “Big Tree” it’s located in Rockport, Texas. If you’re not sure exactly where that is, It's close to Corpus Christi, so about 6 hours and 20 minutes from Tyler, Texas. It’s quite the drive to see the oldest tree in Texas but if you’re ever in the area you might want to stop and check it out.  

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It’s Might Be Much Older Than 1,000 Years Old 

Scientists are still doing research on exactly how old “Big Tree” is because there are some that guess the tree is closer to 2,000 years old. The gigantic tree has a circumference of over 35 feet and is more than 45 feet tall, the crown’s spread is 90 feet. 

Is it Easy to Get a Picture With “Big Tree” 

If you’re willing to make the drive, it’s easy to snap a photo for social media. There is roadside parking available for anyone who wants to see “Big Tree” in all its glory.  

The “Big Tree” has survived between 40 and 50 major hurricanes and continues to stand tall. 

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