Many might associate Louisiana with swamps and think that it stops there as far as noteworthy nature spots go. Those people would happily be proved wrong, thanks to a wildlife refuge near Baton Rouge and many others like it. This particular wildlife refuge stands out from the others, though, because it is home to the record-breaking 1,500-year-old-tree that sits within it.\nThe "National Champion" bald cypress tree lives on the grounds of Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge. The title was awarded to the cypress by the National Register of Champion Trees whose job is to comprise a list of the largest tree specimens found in the United States.\nCat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to swampland, but there's clearly much more to the refuge than that alone.\nThanks to nearly 3,000 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp habitat, bald cypress, and water tupelo trees thrive in this environment, resulting in some living hundreds and hundreds of years.\nAccording to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, "Because these trees are found in low-lying areas, many of these sites have not been harvested for timber, allowing many of the cypress trees to become large."\nHopefully, it remains this way for many years to come!\nView this post on Instagram Back when I wore jorts, here’s me at cat island, home of the biggest tree East of the Sierra Nevadas. Cat Island, Louisiana, July, 2016. S/o to @alexsantanana for the photo and being such a good friend in my last summer of NOLA. A post shared by Cullen/Cully (@neighborhood_haunts) on Oct 16, 2019 at 3:38pm PDT\nFor those wondering exactly how to find it in the refuge, you'll want to follow Big Cypress Trail to the massive trunk.\nWhile exploring the grounds of Cat Island, you'll likely be greeted by a variety of wildlife. Birds, deer, ducks, and more call Cat Island their home year-round.\nNope, no cats!\nView this post on Instagram Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest tree of any species east of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The bald cypress has a circumference of 56 ft and is estimated to be 1500 years old. A post shared by The Bridge B & B (@thebridgebnb) on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:22am PDT\nFor directions on how to get to the refuge, and tips on how to spend your time while there, you can visit their website here.\nWho else was looking for an excuse to go exploring?\nView this post on Instagram If you climb to the top, you can see his toupee!#thiscypressisbalding A post shared by Clark Honeycutt (@honeycuttclark) on Sep 27, 2015 at 4:38pm PDT\nCat Island National Wildlife Refuge\nPrice: Free\nAddress: St. Francisville, LA\nWhy You Need To Go: You have to see the tree in person to witness just how massive it is.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.