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Review of Friendship Oak

Friendship Oak
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Long Beach
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Owner description: Over 500 years old, this oak tree is allegedly Mississippi's oldest and most beautiful tree.
Reviewed June 13, 2012

Beautiful tree was easy to find parking was near by we stopped there after are trip to Ship Island was only like 2 miles down the road. Amazing it survived Katrina.

1  Thank RayG2U
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I was surprised to see a tree to be a top attraction so went to check it out ...

First off, it's located in Long Beach, it's close but not quite Biloxi.

Second, it's called the Friendship Oak, not Friendly.

Leaving those corrections aside, the tree is amazing. When I saw the tree, I was thinking that it survived all the elements and forces of nature for centuries, all these rains, winds, hurricanes. And now it stands so helpless and fragile and any human can easily kill that creature.

The tree is probably not the oldest and not the biggest, but the fact it has seen so many people and events makes it special.

So I think it's ok to stop by and think about eternity for a moment or two

4  Thank heckfy
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

This magnificent tree is a must see; it was a sapling 500 years ago when Christopher Columbus discovered America. The tree is not tall, but spread-out, has many limbs that extend for hundreds of feet’s covering a vast area of the university’s grounds. We would not have been able to get the whole tree in the picture if it had not been for our professional camera. The legend has it that those who enter its shadow will remain friends through all their lifetimes. It’s well worth the drive … located on the University of South Mississippi campus in Long Beach – just west of Gulfport on US 90.

3  Thank Chris52249
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

I wanted to stop here because of the reviews given at the Biloxi welcome center. It is a pretty tree, very different because it has limbs coming out of the ground it is so large. It was so large that even with my fish eye lense I was having a difficult time getting the whole tree in the photo. What is so amazing about this tree is that further inland then the tree there is a buildig that was completely guted and ruined by Hurricane Katrina, but yet this big old tree is still there thriving! The building looks all crazy, which I loved, since I like to photograph things like that. It is located on the Mississippi college campus. Nearby It also has a gorgeous building with art on it from the college. Wow, so pretty. And even more there is a church right beside it that has the most beautiful angel statue beside it. Great for photos also. Really enjoyed the visit, photo op!

8  Thank Tamara D
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

On the beachfront of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Miss. (formerly known as Gulf Park College for Women), overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, is a magnificent live oak tree 500-plus years old. The tree is loved by former students of Gulf Park College, revered by tree lovers, held in fond memory by those whose wedding ceremonies were conducted on the platform within its mighty branches, and viewed daily by tourists.

Current measurements show a 50-foot height; diameter of the trunk is 5 feet 9 inches; circumference of the trunk is 18 feet 7 inchees; spread of foliage is 156 feet. The average length of the main lateral limbs is 60-66 feet from the trunk; average circumference of the limbs at the trunk is 7 1/2 feet; the tree forms almost 16,000 feet of shelter; and laterial roots go out 150 feet.

12  Thank bossboy31
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