Monday, April 13, 2009


The biggest tree in Connecticut is the Gifford Pinchot Sycamore tree located in Simsbury, Connecticut right near a bridge which crosses the Farmington river. I'm sure this tree never gets too thirsty being so close to the river that it can sip all the water it wants through its roots.

Gifford Pinchot, a Simsbury native was a friend of President Theodore Roosevelt and was appointed the first chief of the United States Forest Service by Roosevelt.

This tree is at least 200 years old and some people estimate that it may be 300 years old or more. In 1998 the tree was measured to be 95 feet tall, 26 feet around, and a canopy of 140 feet. Located at the base of Talcott mountain the tree is lit by flood lights at night and welcomes visitors to Simsbury and the Farmington River Valley.