This 500-Year-Old Tree Is A Charleston Hidden Gem

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia

This 500-Year-Old Tree Is A Charleston Hidden Gem

The Angel Oak is 66.5 ft tall and is located near Charleston!

Step unto the shade of an ancient fairy tale tree. The Angel Oak Tree, located on Johns Island, just 30 minutes away from downtown Charleston is a hidden gem you can’t miss. The old oak is so famous that it has even come to symbolize Charleston, even though it’s found south of the city.

The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be around 400 to 500 years old; however, some think it might be up to 1500 years old. It’s 66.5 feet tall and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. This breathtaking gift from nature has grown upwards and sideways, making it look even more magical. It’s recognized as one of the oldest living trees in the country and the largest live oak east of Mississippi.

Its name comes from the Angel Estate, as the piece of land used to be owned by Justus Angel and Martha Waight Angel. Luckily, it is now the property of the city of Charleston.

Local legends assure that angels can be seen around the oak at night, but you’ll have to visit in person to confirm or deny. The truth is that it does have a unique vibe of tranquility, probably coming from all the things it’s been through, including surviving several hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. Angel Oak was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989; somehow, it recovered completely and continued to grow.

Enjoy taking the most amazing pictures underneath its leaves and branches, and keep an eye out for the several artistic and social events hosted in the area throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Take into account that these items are prohibited around the tree:

  • Blankets
  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Props
  • Tripods
  • Leashed pets are only allowed in designated areas.


Where: 📍 3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.

The Park is temporarily closed on Wednesdays. 

Featured image by Andrew Shelley 

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