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Angel Oak Park

Angel Oak

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  • Location: 3688 Angel Oak Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29455
  • Size: 3 Acres
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The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. Acorns from the Angel Oak have grown to produce authentic direct-offspring trees. Live oaks generally grow out and not up, but the Angel Oak has had plenty of time to do both, standing 65 feet high and with a canopy providing 17,000 square feet of shade. Its limbs, the size of tree trunks themselves, are so large and heavy that some of them rest on the ground (some even drop underground for a few feet and then come back up), a feature common to only the very oldest live oaks. It has survived countless hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and human interference.

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Reportedly the oldest thing -- living or man-made -- east of the Rockies, Angel Oak is a live oak tree aged about 1,500 years. Some locals simply call it The Tree. It stands in a wooded area along Bohicket Road on John's Island outside Charleston. You won't find a lot of stuff like T-shirt shacks around there because the attraction is a single tree standing in a park. So keep an eye out for signs and drive slowly.

Duane Spurlock Angel Oak is a live oak. It is native to the Lowcountry and is not very tall but has a wide spread canopy. Lumber from the live oak forests in the sea islands was highly valued for shipbuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. Angel Oak stands on part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant. Mr. Waight owned several plantations. The City of Charleston now owns Angel Oak. There is no charge to view the tree and is a must-see when visiting Charleston.

Towering more than 65 feet high, the Angel Oak has shaded John's Island for more than 1,400 years, and would have sprouted 1,000 years before Columbus' arrival in the New World. Recorded history traces the ownership of the live oak and surrounding land back to the year 1717 when Abraham Waight received it as part of a small land grant. The tree stayed in the Waight family for four generations, and was part of a marriage settlement to Justus Angel and Martha Waight Tucker Angel. In modern times, the Angel Oak has become the focal point of a public park. Today the live oak has a diameter of spread reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet, and covers 17,100 square feet of ground. www.historictrees.org

We arrived at 5:07 (horrible traffic) to find doors locked.  I really wanted a picture with the family by the tree.  We decided to drive back out on our way home the next morning.  Sadly, the incompetent workers did not arrive to open the doors until after 9:30.  They sure did make it out on time, but they cannot open on time???

By Belinda Sullards on Mar 28th, 2014

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