Angel Oak Tree
Angel Oak Tree
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  • Shatzymaus
    Anderson, South Carolina87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Angel Live Oak Tree - Breathtaking
    We have lived in SC for 15 years and have heard about the Angel Tree. Pictures do not do it justice. It is a 400 plus year old live oak tree with a height of 65 ft, circumference of 31 feet and a shade area cover 17,000 square feet. It truly is worth a trip to Johns Island if you are in the Charleston area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Gilly Travels
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Unbelievable Site to See: Mother Nature is Awesome
    This is an amazing beauty of Mother Nature! Arborist have estimated this humongous oak tree to be between 400-500 years old! Some of its branches are as large as a tree themselves. If you are blessed with vision and in Charleston don’t miss this unique wonder.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • sedonasunset
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Angel Oak Tree, Johns Island
    I read about this tree and when we got our car rental, this was the first stop for our vacation. About a half hour from airport. You have to see this tree in person, pictures are great, but to see the magnitude of this ancient oak, you have to it see it in person. Huge branches going in all directions, mostly growing down to the ground and then heading back up, amazing. We spent about an hour there taking lots of photos.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Young at heart
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see tree
    I would definitely recommend seeing the Angel Oak tree. It's one of a kind. Age of oak is estimated to be 400 years. It is the biggest tree I've seen. The parking is on a narrow unpaved road. Go early during the week.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious
    One of us would say this is just a tree. The other would say that it is a masterpiece. We spent about 30 minutes here soaking it in from every angle. All sorts of people come visit this tree - from the huggers to the Instagram influencers. We recommend coming when it opens to have it a bit to yourself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • CTMans
    Ridgefield, Connecticut1,460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Tree
    The Angel Oak is behind a church just a minute or two off SC route 700. The road is quite bumpy for a short stint, but the tree is well worth it. Parking and admission is free and the tree is fabulous. Be sure to photograph the tree with a person in the photo to provide scale as to the true size of the tree.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Toronto_CanadaEurope
    Toronto, Canada516 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Angel Oak tree
    400 years old Angel tree. Majestic. Pictures don't do it justice. Free entrance, donation encouraged, handicap parking on site, other parking along the area. Gift shop, picnic areas, dogs allowed in the picnic area but not by the tree. Once in a lifetime experience
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Cheri D
    Yardville, New Jersey475 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit to see this tree
    What a beautiful, magnificent tree to see. This is a must see for those who appreciate trees and nature and it is a great photo op. It's worth a visit before this tree will sadly tumble down someday and best of all, it is a free side trip. There is also a small gift shop for memorabilia located on the premise.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 20, 2023
  • jdfisha
    West Bend, Wisconsin127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Incredible Natural Wonder
    This was a spot we saw on a Charleston map and decided to take the 20 min road trip out of the city to see it. While the park itself is very modest with dirt roads and a barbed wire fence surrounding it, this tree is the most incredible tree I have ever seen. From its 65’ tall height to its 25’ truck circumference it is a must see for everyone. It’s shocking they don’t charge to see it.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop over on our way to Charleston
    This is a fast growing community in this area. I am so glad they fenced the tree in and are planning to preserve it for future generations. I am sure there are other trees that have been lost as they clear the area. Its a bumpy road. Limited parking. Narrow road. No entrance fees. You can walk around and checkout the tree from different angles. Its definitely congested. There are so many people. There are hours for when the area is open so check it out. The branches are all around you, low to the ground. They don't want you touching the tree in anyway. There is an expensive gift store.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
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Kat_Cubs_fan
Chickamauga, GA49,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We visited this awesome live oak tree on a Saturday in March, and while the tree is an absolute "can't miss" attraction, the experience of visiting it is just awful.

This is a location that needs controlled visiting or timed-ticketed entry and not a "free for all" willy-nilly type of entry system. Parking was out of control on a narrow road with folks just leaving their cars sticking out in the lane of traffic. There were way too many visitors there at one time, and if you want to do photography of the tree, good luck with all the people and distracting signs and barricades.

I'm all for preserving this wonderful old tree, but the current visitor experience is unacceptable and needs to change, even if it means charging a fee to see it.
Written March 31, 2022
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
While visiting the McLeod Plantation and seeing their 300 year old live oak, we were told we should visit the nearby Angle Oak Tree to see one even older. We saw claims online that it was 600 years old, but the placards on the property indicated it is more likely to be 400-500 years old.

The parking is relatively limited - just a dozen or so spots off the road. We were simply lucky that one spot was available when we arrived.

Placards state that this is the oldest live oak tree east of the Mississippi River. It was, indeed, huge and majestic, so it is worth 15 minutes of someone's time to drop by when in the area.
Written February 2, 2022
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mjvinson
Concord, NC398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Branches, branches everywhere! Gnarling and twisting in almost every direction, this tree is an amazing site. It’s well worth the quick detour down the rough dirt road. If you can, try to go on a weekday when it is a little less busy. We went on a Saturday and the hoard of people took away some of the tree’s stunning beauty.
Written January 18, 2020
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snyTraveler
Maryland48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Estimated to be 400-500 years old, this Southern live oak is an amazing tree. When you stand back and see the reach of the branches and its size in comparison to the people, you will be amazed. Well worth the visit. It's free and you can stay as long as you like. A real gem!
Written June 15, 2021
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Michael C
Kings Mountain, NC71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My wife has been wanting to see this tree for quite some time now and I'm so glad we finally did. It is a beautiful sight to see and there are so many amazing pictures you can take around it. I'm a sucker for a mother earth and all her splendor, so we really enjoyed it. It was a quick trip and they have a cool little gift shop with some chachkies and there was an artist out there with paintings for sale. Just get there early.....wink wink
Written July 19, 2020
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Bman32
Rochester, NY314 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was interesting to see this big tree from all angles and to get some photos. Some areas are roped off and they have someone monitoring to make sure no one is setting anything on it or leaning on it. There is a small parking area, but most everyone just parked along the road when we were there. It's almost as if people didn't know the lot was there - we didn't. There were some porta potties available if needed. It was crowded when we went, but if there weren't as many people, I can see how it might be a meditative place to spend a bit more time.
Written February 24, 2020
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Michael F
Myrtle Beach, SC1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Travel over to Johns Island to see this marvel of nature. Free admission but limited parking. This 400 year old Oak Tree is just beautiful. From the massive trunk to the limbs that drop down to the ground and spread 20-30 yards out from the tree. A must-see if you are in the Charleston area
Written February 15, 2020
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Diane R
Charleston, SC255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There is a tree at the end of a godforsaken, pot holed riddled road. And it's huge! Angel Oak is 400 years old and will probably live another 500 years. It's branches are like giant tentacles and you can take lots of nice photos next to the enormous trunk. There is a small (very small) gift shop and some port-o-potties if needed. I did see a soft drink machine but not sure if it was working. It's really a quick stop along the way to Kiawah Island if you're going that way. I must warn you though that the side road to the tree is just horrific. You really can't avoid the huge holes in the unpaved road. If you have a Jeep, go for it. If you don't, you'll be bouncing around in your car. Why they haven't paved this road is beyond me. The tree has so many visitors. Ok so it's a free attraction but if they charged a small fee a person, they probably would be able to pave the road in the near future. Despite the road, Angel Oak is something to see.
Written February 24, 2020
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TravelinMama4393
Oconto Falls, WI169 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The tree is gorgeous. Unfortunately there are unsightly signs and a bright yellow plastic chain barrier around it. People mill about all over as well so getting nice photos are not easy. The website states that it closes at 5:00 pm. We were driving close by at about 4:45 and decided we would quickly stop and look at the tree. Apparently they close the gate at 4:50 pm. As we walked up to the gate, the staff member was yelling at folks and yelled at us. She yelled, "Read the sign!' As we approached the gate. A gal in my group explained we had driven a distance and it was our last day in the state and asked if we could please go in, we would be done by closing at 5:00 pm. The gate keeper yelled throughout the visit that the park was closing in 6 minutes, five minutes, four minutes, etc. It was pretty obnoxious. The tree was beautiful but the experience was lacking.
Written August 20, 2021
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Marie W
Pendleton, SC116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
After leaving Kiawah Beachwalker Park we stopped to see the Angel Oak because we have heard about it for years. It is massive and must be seen in person to believe.

It is estimated to be 300-400 years old. What amazes me is how it has survived hurricanes and flooding that have hit the area over all the years it has been in existence. Best of all it is free to see.
Written July 26, 2020
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