Angel Oak Tree

While in Charleston a few weeks ago Chris and I visited the Angel Oak Tree. Have you heard of it? Every time I googled “Charleston activities” it popped up. Everytime I searched various Charleston hashtags on Instagram it showed up. When I looked at Meg’s blog posts about things to do in Charleston it showed up!

We added it to our list and when Saturday turned out to be an overcast day we thought it would be fun to drive to Johns Island and check out this big tree that everyone was ranting and raving about.


The tree itself is 66’ tall and its shade covers over 17,000 square feet. There is no single spot in the park where one could stand and not have a branch over or next to them.


To say that it took my breath away would be an understatement. With a history over 400 years old the stories this tree could tell would blow us all away. The tree was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered and is thriving.


The longest branch is over 187 feet in length, which is crazy! Some of the branches are suspended with wires or held up by wooden poles. They’ve been supporting the tree for so long that a few of the branches are starting to grow around the wooden poles allowing the support system to become part of the tree.


I love a good ghost story and the Angel Oak is no stranger to them. It’s name came from the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. There are many ghost stories that speak of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.  Again, oh the stories this tree could tell.


If you find yourself in Charleston with means of transportation I highly recommend going out to Johns Island to see the Angel Oak tree. We almost didn’t go see it and are both so glad that we changed our minds. It was 100% worth the trek outside of Charleston!


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  • Jen

    Wow this is absolutely amazing! I have never heard of this but now I want to see it in person.