The Division of Forestry began compiling a list of state champion trees in 1968. The first list contained only 51 species. The current list, which is restricted to native species, has 100 species reported. The list is continually changing as new species are added and former champions are replaced either because they die or a larger specimen is nominated.
To see if there are any champion trees in your area, you can view a printable list of state champion trees by their common name or by the county of location.
Kentucky has several trees on the National Registry of Big Trees. Check them out