Giants of the forest

We found this huge American Beech Tree on one of our recent hiking trips.                      The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia ) is a native to the US and especially to the eastern United States and extreme southeast Canada.                                         

This one is certainly not the biggest we have found while out exploring. These giant trees can reach well over 100ft tall and be several ft. round.

Beechnuts are food to many wild animals such as bear, deer, squirrels, grouse and turkey just to name a few.

We find these trees often on our hiking and backpacking trips but we are always amazed at these giants of the forest!