Hike to the Keffer Oak on the Appalachian Trail

Keffer Oak - Appalachian Trail, Newport, Virginia, United States

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    600 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This 300 foot tall white oak tree, the second largest on the entire Appalachian Trail, is a remarkable sight to see and very easy to reach.

You can park your car at the small gravel lot where VA-42 and Rt. 629 intersect. Starting from the Appalachian Trail crossing at VA-42,  head north on the AT, which winds through some grass meadows. After about 0.8 miles into the hike you will cross Rt. 630 (Northside Road) on a bridge over Sinking Creek. The trail continues to the right side of the creek. 

From here it is a short 0.5 miles to the Keffer Oak. You won't miss this tree. It is 300 feet tall, with a circumference of 18-20 feet. There is a cleared area here with some logs to sit on and rest under the tree. 

Once finished, walk the 1.3 miles back to your car by retracing your steps south on the AT. 

*Note: For a shorter hike, park at the Rt. 630 bridge where the AT crosses Sinking Creek and head 0.5 miles north on the AT to see the Keffer Oak.  

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Once we figured out which direction to go on the AT the hike was fairly nice. A long gentle field uphill followed by a shorter but steeper down before we got to the "shortcut" point (which is on rt 629 not 630). The uphill to the tree is a lot steeper than expected for a beginner hike but it isn't far to the tree which is pretty impressive after all

6 months ago
6 months ago

I love this short hike! The huge oak is surrounded by a blackberry field. There's also some logs to sit on under the oak, making it a perfect place for a picnic!

7 months ago
7 months ago

Elyse Clark Explorer

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