The Angel Oak Tree of John's Island, South Carolina is estimated as being at least 400 years old and it could easily be over 1,500 years old. That makes it one of the oldest trees in North America. It's impossibly long limbs stretch out to cover a signficant distance and the tree's bark rises high up into the air. This is truly a majestic site. Though on a quiet day one can get a faintly spiritual feeling here the tree was not named for any religious reasons. Angel was simply the surname of the tree's previous owners, Martha and Justin Angel.
Things to Do
- The Angel Oak is a wonder of nature and you can enjoy it completly free. Drive out to Angel Oak Park and marvel at this immense tree which stands at the dizzying height of sixty five feet. It has a total circumference of 25.5 feet and provides shade cover over an area of 17,000 square feet. Even the measurements of its lagest limb are incredible with a circumference of 11.25 feet and a length of 89 feet.
- For photography enthusiasts a visit here will be a pleasure. The tree makes an amazing natural subject to photograph. The light from the summer sun filters through the overhanging leaves to create a marvelous effect on the ground below. This is a popular place for wedding ceremonies and photo shoots alike and you will understand why as soon as you visit.
- In the summer events are held at the tree. These events include series like "Evening under the Angel Oak" which features various activities along with music and drama performances.
Angel Oak Tree Insider Tips
- Arrive early in the day when the park opens at 9 am to take in the full beauty of the tree on your own before more visitors arrive.
- There are picnic tables surrounding the oak tree so bring along some food.
- There are many stunning photos of the tree to be found online.