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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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  • So it's a long drive from Charleston-plan on at least 30 minutes. Take bug spray!!! It's beautiful!!  more »
  • my 2 sons and i were overwelmed by majastic size of oak tree that is over 400 yrs old--did not cost a dime cept time of travel  more »
  • There is no admission fee; donation boxes are available inside the gift shop.We enjoyed a few hours here today on one of our memory anniversary stops. It's completely mesmerizing that we humans could ...  more »
  • It is the bigest crown oak tree I have ever seen. Nice to see, but most people may find it just OK.
  • Can't even begin to describe how majestic! Certainly a must see if you're in the Charleston area.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This place is a must see if u come to Charleston is so beautiful to see this tree. A must must. Must. So go and see a beautiful old tree that has survived the test of time. :-)