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Address: 730 East Beach Boulevard, Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, Long Beach, MS 39560
Phone Number: 228 865 4500
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Description: Over 500 years old, this oak tree is allegedly Mississippi's oldest and...
Over 500 years old, this oak tree is allegedly Mississippi's oldest and most beautiful tree.
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Big, BIG, Beautiful Tree!

If you are anywhere near Long Beach, Mississippi, you owe it to yourself to drive through the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus to see this magnificent specimen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Andrews, North Carolina
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Andrews, North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you are anywhere near Long Beach, Mississippi, you owe it to yourself to drive through the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus to see this magnificent specimen of a live oak, The Friendship Oak! It is truly spectacular and worthy of a visit by any tree aficionado. And while you're at it, stop by the nearby South Mississippi... More 

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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is an amazingly beautiful tree! We took some great pictures and appreciate the tree's history. Great that it has been taken care of for so long.

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Rochester, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is right off 90, so if you are in the area it only takes a few minutes. I happen to love trees; if you don't you will probably wonder what the fuss is.

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MS
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

On the campus at USM Gulf Coast; formerly Gulf Park College. Many alums visit the tree and take home an acorn to grow their own Friendship Oak. Beautiful Place.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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164 reviews 164 reviews
67 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

No, this isn't an exciting attraction, but it is one that causes one to contemplate nature and her many mysteries. This gorgeous oak has been standing for over 500 years- This tree has sheltered Indians, pirates, settlers and college students. One can only imagine how much has taken place within its lifetime. How it escaped the wrath of Katrina is... More 

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Hawthorne, Florida, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Good to know that this tree wasn't destroyed by Katrina. It's a beautiful tree in a pretty part of town. Worth stopping to see.

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United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Legend says that if you take a picture under the tree with your friends, you will be friends for life. My group of friends have been friends for a while so I assume it will stay that way. There are a lot of branches and acorns which means it can be somewhat treacherous to get to your picture--however you should... More 

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a must see for anyone who goes to the Mississippi gulf coast. This old tree is great for anyone who wants to see beauty at it's finest the view of the Gulf of Mexico is nice too and the history of the friendship oak is for everyone and it's free and you can do any time you want... More 

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Friendship Oak on the Long Beach campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is reported to be over 500 years old. Its majestic branches reach both skyward and down to the ground. The legend is that if you sit on the branches with a friend, you will be friends forever. Try it when you are in Long Beach, Mississippi.... More 

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Long Beach, Mississippi
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156 reviews 156 reviews
18 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast branch, the tree is about 500 years old and is huge. Lots of folks like to have their photo taken underneath its branches.

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