Uniquely Columbia: The Bur Oak

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Down a quiet road just a few miles south of Columbia is a local treasure. At over 350 years old, the largest bur oak tree in Missouri is a beautiful spot that you shouldn’t miss on your next visit.

The tree stands 90 feet tall and has a stately spot in the middle of a field between the tiny spots of McBaine and Huntsdale. One of the most popular places for photos in the area, ‘The Big Tree’ even has its own Facebook page. Beautiful in the spring and sometimes haunting in the winter, the tree is a majestic sight.

To reach the tree, head south on Providence Road and just keep driving. And driving. As the houses become farther and farther apart, you’ll know you’ve almost reached your destination. You can also reach the tree easily from the Katy Trail trailhead at McBaine, where Columbia’s MKT Trail joins with the Katy. Rain or shine, the tree is a uniquely Columbia gem.

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