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Friendship Oak

730 East Beach Boulevard, Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, Long Beach, MS 39560
228 865 4500
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Long Beach
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Over 500 years old, this oak tree is allegedly Mississippi's oldest and most beautiful tree.
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Just a stone's throw from our hotel, we stopped for just a few minutes to revel in the awesomeness of this beautiful Oak tree and take a few pictures. I remember it from 30 years ago having a platform around it that we could sit around but suspect this was blown away during one of the hurricanes. Only thing disappointing... More

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Saginaw, mi, usa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have never seen a tree like this before. I am so glad it survived Hurricane Katrina and many other storms.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Free and really big. It is on the campus and easy to find. The tree has lived through storms and has stood the test of time. Worth visiting!!

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Katy,Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I love going by the campus to see this miraculous tree which has so much history. It has managed to survive through many devestating hurricane's .It is four and a half centuries old.It is said to have been growing when Christopher Columbus sailed for the Americas.If only the friendship oak could talk,imagine the lessons it could teach?In 1968 when I... More

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

It's a nice tree. If you are driving along Hwy 90 and want to stop and get out to stretch your legs, this is a nice place to do so. It's a big, sprawling tree. If you want to see a big, sprawling tree allegedly 500 years old, this is the tree for you.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love coastal live oaks and this specimen is grand. But it is very hard to imagine this as a destination, attraction, or something to plan to do. If you are in Long Beach for some reason, and have nothing REAL to do, then see this tree.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Nice to see a 500 year old tree, especially since it survived Katrina and you still see plenty of empty lots and boarded up buildings along the cost. Surprised that they built student housing so close to the tree. Good spot for pics.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Take time to see this marvelous work of God. 500 years old and growing. Survived Katrina and other storms and still standing. Only if it could speak can you imagine the tales it could tell.

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

My cousin and I decided to take a road trip to the beach this summer. We leftTexas & Louisianna and stopped in Biolxi & Gulfport. We visited the 500 year old Friendship oak Tree that is right in the middle of the univ of Southern Miss. This tree withstood hurricane Katrina. The tree was beautiful, holding up really well,with long... More

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Starkville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I've visited friendship oak my entire life. My mother went to Gulf Park when it was a women's college in the 60s so the campus has a special place in our hearts. This giant tree that has weathered many hurricanes including Camille and Katrina stands strong. I wish that USM would rebuild the platforms that washed away in Katrina so... More

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