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Angel Oak Tree, Johns Island

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Angel Oak is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Angel Oak is estimated to be 1,500 years old. It stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet . Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. in length. Angel Oak was the 210th tree to be registered with the Live Oak Society.The tree stands on land that was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant. es| The oak derives its name from the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. Local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.Despite the popular belief that Angel Oak is the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, many bald cypress trees are found throughout the South which are many hundreds of years older.HistoryAngel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered. The City of Charleston has owned the tree and surrounding park since 1991.Development is beginning to encroach on the site of Angel Oak. In 2012, plans to build a 500-unit apartment complex that would be from Angel Oak were challenged in court by a group called Save the Angel Oak and the Coastal Conservation League; their concerns included the construction's effect on available groundwater and nutrients.
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  • A really neat old tree. It was pretty cool to see but it is a serious tourist attraction and there are tons of other people there with you. I would try to go at a time when maybe it won't be so crowde...  read more »
  • This has always been on my list and this doesn't disappoint. It's huge and amazing. I recommend coming. 
  • As we were traveling to SC, we had a layover in Chicago. I met a women that was a local in Charleston. She told me to see this tree and that it was a must see. I was tenative but decided to check it o...  read more »
  • So the tree is awesome and all but don't try to film with a drone. The part that got me so much was that they said the policy was no filming so you couldn't take pictures with a drone. However they had no problem with me filming with a Go Pro or the numerous people there taking pictures with cameras. So why can't I take a picture with a drone? "You have to have a permit to film." O.k but why can't I take a picture with the drone or why don't you care about filming with a DSLR or GoPro? I mean really have a policy for a reason and know the reason besides just making up crap arbitrarily. With all the guidlines they had posted about pictures drones weren't mentioned once. The even better part is since they don't control air space and it's not a restricted no fly zone it's simple enough to go outside the park launch the drone fly in take the pictures and leave. There is a greater chance of something going wrong that way but hey since you don't know your own policy or have one that actually makes sense do what you gota do.
  • The tree is absolutely amazing. Gift shop is small and no public restrooms. They have Porta pottys on site.
  • A lot of hype surrounding this tree. It's still just a tree and we saw it. Took about 2 minutes. Not something to come to charleston sc to see but if you are already I the area it's a nice little stop off and stretch.
  • Amazing to behold. A free attraction with small well stocked gift shop & friendly staff. Stop and enjoy this sight.
  • It's a really huge tree. Take your time-- many folks rush in and out and snap a million photos, but it's best to walk around slowly and examine the different parts of the Angel Oak. Remarkable.
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