General Sherman: World's Largest (not Tallest) Tree

Field review by the editors.

Sequoia National Park, California

The General Sherman owes its record-setting largeness not to its height or girth, but to bulking up better and faster than any other 2,500-year-old tree. A low wood fence has been built between tourists and the General Sherman trunk, so that people can no longer stand right up next to it. However, an accessible concrete "footprint" of its trunk circumference has been added as a photo-op.

Despite its superior size, General Sherman is not as dramatically photogenic as the nearby General Grant tree -- but if you've come this far you really have to see both.

General Sherman: World's Largest (not Tallest) Tree

Address:
Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA
Directions:
The parking area is on the east side of Generals Hwy, 18.5 miles north of the south gate to the Park.
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