Trip In Review: Cellon Oak Park
Address: 4100 NW 169th Place
If you’re looking to check out the largest Oak tree in Florida, take a quick drive north of Gainesville to Cellon Oak Park! With a trunk that sports a diameter over 30 feet and a crown spread of over 160 feet, for an oak tree in Florida, this is massive!
Pulling off onto 169th Place, you first follow along a dirt road before pulling up to a small parking lot. Nearby, a few picnic tables are present but nevertheless, the parking lot and tables aren’t that lose to the oak tree at all.
Walking through some grass, approaching the oak tree is quite an experience. As you walk closer to the trunk, the tree in all its magnificence looms overhead. Throughout its canopy, you’ll find steel support cables, snaking their way through the greenery like vines present for years. Even though it might be a warm sunny summer day, the Oak provides a generous amount of shade, perfect for lounging under.
Personally, I think the best thing to do at the tree is hold a picnic while taking pictures with friends and family. So get on out, grab some food, a blanket or hammock, a camera and some friends and take advantage of a beautiful Florida day at the Cellon Oak Tree.
The Final Word:
There honestly isn’t too much at the park, but like most things in life, how much you enjoy something can be directly linked to what you make of it. And after all, the beauty of nature doesn’t need huge publicity or a city location to be fantastic.
Whether you are picnicking with a close friend (or friends) or just checking out an impressive tree in Florida, the Cellon Oak is the place to be.