As one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Charleston offers a plethora of activities, attractions and events that suit vacationers of every age. For all of the visitors spending their last summer vacation days in the Holy City, we insist you add the Angel Oak tree to your must-see list of attractions.
Located on Johns Island, the Angel Oak is a free attraction and can be viewed Monday-Saturday from 9am–5pm and on Sunday from 1-5pm.
The Angel Oak is a Southern live oak – live oaks are given that name because they don’t lose their leaves in colder weather months, unlike other oaks, which are deciduous. Depending on the growing conditions, typical open-grown live oak trees reach 60 feet in height, with a limb spread of nearly 80 feet.
What makes the Angel Oak so special? The tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. From tip to tip, its longest branch distance is 187 ft. The Angel Oak tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. In other words, it’s a very old, very large tree.
The Angel Oak is one of our favorite trees and one of our favorite Charleston attractions. We guarantee you’ll be happy you added it to your vacation itinerary! For a map and additional information on the Angel Oak, visit the Charleston Park Conservancy’s overview of the Angel Oak Park.