New and Old at Keffer Oak

August 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

Saturday August 15th, Tony Airaghi and I hiked up to the Appalachian Trail’s Keffer Oak, one of the largest blazed trees on the trail. A couple of things have changed since I visited last.

New Stile!
The old rickety step-ladder stile has been replaced with a new walk-through stile. (I had to do research to find out the official name of the new design. I formerly called them “Fat People Traps”).

Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project: Shooting Keffer Oak From Below
Old – Robert Llewellyn with Old Step-Ladder Stile

Sinking Creek Mountain - Tony with Keffer Oak
New – Tony Airaghi with Walk-Thru Stile

Old Branch : (
On the other side of the tree, we saw a casualty of the oak’s age. The tree has one less branch.

Keffer Oak - Long Winding Branches
Old – Lower Branch in Tact

Sinking Creek Mountain - Keffer Oak Minus One Branch
New – The Bottom Branch is on the Ground.

The hike to Keffer Oak is only 0.6 miles one way. This short little hike and this one tree demonstrate how the Appalachian Trail is always changing. It’s always a little different.

More pictures of our Keffer Oak hike can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Keffer Oak.

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