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Angel Oak — Johns Island, South Carolina

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The Angel Oak on Johns Island, estimated to be around 400 years old – is the most venerated of the Lowcountry’s magnificent live oaks (Quercus virginiana). While its height of 65 feet may not seem impressive, live oaks are known for their majestic spread instead of their stature. These maritime trees have evolved to withstand the forceful winds of the coast, and therefore they are usually much shorter than their extensive horizontal reach. Yet with a canopy extending nearly 2,000 square yards, the Angel Oak does not need height to astound visitors who visit its ancient, outstretched boughs.

Angel Oak Tree

Dawna Moore of Fernandina Beach, FL, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The tree’s allure is both natural and cultural. Before her death in 1987, nationally-known Civil Rights activist Septima Clark told stories of her relationship with the oak, noting that during segregation, black families would picnic by the tree’s enormous boughs. She recalled participating in this tradition from around 1916 through 1929. At that time, it was considered sacred, and both children and adults respected the tree and its surrounding grounds.

Angel Oak Live Oak

Mark Wickliffe of Charleston © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Today, many people still revere the impressive oak and its natural community as sacred. The tree’s name can be traced back to early owners of the land, Martha and Justis Angel, though the Angel Oak property was acquired by the City of Charleston in 1991. It recently faced the threat of development and the destruction of its surrounding forest.

Angel Oak Tree SC

Cyril Hehir of Hillsdale, New Jersey, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

While the Angel Oak itself was not in danger of being felled, arborists cautioned that the forest around the tree protects its giant root system, provides shelter from storms, and affords it adequate moisture and drainage.

Importantly, it also filters harmful pollutants before they reach the tree’s roots, bark, and leaves. Thus any development surrounding the acreage that encompasses the tree could be detrimental to its survival. Many feared that the extensive residential and commercial development approved by the City of Charleston would jeopardize the tree’s safety. Motivated by this threat, local citizens brought attention to the tree’s future and helped raise enough funds to purchase 18.7 acres immediately surrounding the tree – as well as an adjacent 17-acre parcel adjacent to that.

Angel Oak

Joy Rogers Hiott of Moncks Corner, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project deserves credit for its pro bono work in engineering these purchases, as does the Lowcountry Open Land Trust for raising nearly $7 million to purchase the land that will ultimately help protect the Angel Oak. Several private organizations, individual donors, and local governments contributed to the preservation effort, which included a $2.5 million grant from the Charleston County Greenbelt Program and a $400,000 grant from the City of Charleston. Interestingly, many argue that the land would not have cost nearly so much had the City not adopted such high-density zoning in the first place – thus making it less attractive to developers.

Other donors include schools, churches, businesses, local municipalities, conservation groups, and civic organizations. A public park and interpretive trail are being planned for the newly-acquired land. The group closed on the land on March 15, 2014, signifying a major victory for conservationists and citizens who see the lowcountry as increasingly vulnerable to development.

Angel Oak

Janae Davis, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In addition to the peace and beauty the Angel Oak brings to its visitors, the tree has also been recognized as a 2000 Millennium Tree and as the 2004 South Carolina Heritage Tree.

The Angel Oak is located at 3688 Angel Oak Road on Johns Island. It is 12 miles from downtown Charleston and includes a gift shop and picnic areas for visitors. See a map to the park.

Angel Oak Info

Address: 3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island, SC 29455
GPS Coordinates: 32.717319,-80.080673

Angel Oak Map

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100 Comments about Angel Oak

JessNo Gravatar says:
April 5th, 2018 at 5:18 am

I’m just very grateful they saved it!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
April 1st, 2018 at 10:27 pm

Hi Renee, we sent the photographer your name and email address and let them know you were interested in using the image. Thanks for reaching out!

Renee HigginsNo Gravatar says:
April 1st, 2018 at 8:52 pm

I would like permission to use the fourth image of the tree on this page (grayscale). Could you please provided contact information for copyright permission?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 9th, 2017 at 12:08 am

We could not agree more. It is a wonderful piece of history that holds special memories for so many! We enjoyed reading yours!

Cindi BalesNo Gravatar says:
September 7th, 2017 at 12:29 pm

I grew up in North Charleston and have lived on Johns Island around the 1970’s – 1980’s. We use to picnic under this tree and took photos of many of our friends there. Unfortunately, the photos are long lost by now. I reside in Missouri now, but have Family here. So that gives me a chance to see it when I come to visit. It is still a very majestic tree and never in my lifetime have I ever seen another like it. I Love it. It is a very special tree.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 2nd, 2017 at 2:06 pm

We could not agree more!

Lorraine OliverNo Gravatar says:
September 2nd, 2017 at 10:33 am

The Angel Oak is so amazing.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
June 7th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Hey Cathy, so glad to hear you are planning a trip to the amazing spot. Yes! Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash. We hope that you both have a safe trip and enjoy your visit.

Cathy CollinsNo Gravatar says:
June 7th, 2017 at 3:24 am

I will be coming through soon on my way to Georgia. I would love to stop and see this beautiful tree but I will be traveling with my dog. Do you know if they allow pets in the park?

Paul White says:
June 10th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

I was there in 2015 and that's a beautiful tree and park. Is there any way that I can order some post cards or any other items with the tree on it?

Jeffrey Egemo says:
June 2nd, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Sky Dimisillo I've been a tree lover all my life too!! I've been building custom hand made furniture from all North America Hardwoods' for the past 28 years'. GOD blessed me with this great skill that has enabled me to raise my children and keep my bills' paid!!! Without trees', you wouln't have a house, and you'd be sittin', eatin', and sleepin' on the ground!!!!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 24th, 2016 at 6:31 am

Hi, Margie. The photos on our site are the property of the photographers and can not be enlarged. However, if the photo you are interested in has a link on the photographer’s name, you can ask him or her to send you a larger version to draw. If you can not find a website for a photographer, please let us know which image you are interest in, and we can try to contact the photographer for you. Best of luck!

MARGIE JONESNo Gravatar says:
May 23rd, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Wish that I could be there. I love people who love trees. I used to play in a bug oak in Florida. Many memories… Is there a way to make pics as big as my Mac screen? I am an artist and want to draw but not sure how to enlarge. I’m 82. Thanks for the thrill of what is shown. Thank you. Margie Jones

Keith Sanchez says:
May 21st, 2016 at 1:41 am

No one is allows to climb on the tree.

L Sporadic Walker says:
April 2nd, 2016 at 7:33 am


Shannon Cunningham says:
March 24th, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Does anyone know if they allow weddings and where I could get that information?

Janice Luft says:
December 18th, 2015 at 3:46 am

Magestic trees. Children must love playing on them.

Debra Goss says:
September 30th, 2015 at 12:18 am

Me and my sister just recently moved down here to the Charleston area and my parents just came for their first visit. I took them to see the tree today and all I can say is that they were in just as much awe as I was. What an amazingly beautiful tree that the good Lord has put on this earth for us to admire.

Rachel Shumaker says:
August 12th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

This tree is so beautiful. I pray it last another 400 years. Thank you God for the beautiful things you put on earth for me.

Petter William Sundelin says:
February 3rd, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I can look at that tree for hours. A real beauty.

Vicki Houk says:
December 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

There are many of these Majestic Oaks in the south.. I wish people would stop and think about the age of these trees, and the things they have seen, and the stories they could tell. In short, let us all RESPECT our elderly!!!

Melanie Webster says:
December 4th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

This is the most amazing tree I have ever seen!

Risa Pinson says:
November 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

One of the most awe inspiring pl'aces I've visited! Photos are beautiful yet somehow don't do it justice … it's THAT stunning!

Risa Pinson says:
November 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

One of the most awe inspiring places I've visited! Photos are beautiful yet somehow don't do it justice…it's THAT stunning!

Skyann Dimisillo says:
October 19th, 2014 at 6:31 am

I'm a tree lover <3

Skyann Dimisillo says:
October 19th, 2014 at 6:31 am

Such A Beauty~ If Only I could purchase one perhaps? & Live in a hammock? Or tree house? Although, I don't think there's a way to build a tree house without damaging or destroying. Oh idk.. :/ Still.

Vada Billings says:
October 12th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Wonderful tree, went to see her in 2011.

NikiNo Gravatar says:
July 10th, 2014 at 4:59 am

So I’m planning on visiting this tree while in SC in three weeks and I’m wondering… I want nothing more than to climb all the way up inside this beauty. It’s so old and huge I hardly think I would damage it at all. But am I going to get yelled at or thrown from the park for climbing it??

Linda MadaraNo Gravatar says:
March 22nd, 2014 at 11:50 am

I have been to Angel Oak many times. It is quite impressive and a place of great peace. Just imagine what that old tree has “seen” and been through! My brother now lives on Johns Island…before that he lived many years on Kiawah Island and is a local business person in the area. Take care of that “ole tree”!!!

Lynn nettles McGuireNo Gravatar says:
March 17th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I grew up visiting my aunt and uncle and cousins on Johns Island and many times have gone to see the beautiful Angel Oak. We would play and climb on it and just enjoyed it so much. I haven’t been since the 70s, and I would love to take my grandkids, so please save the oak.

Tonia JoynerNo Gravatar says:
January 9th, 2014 at 11:39 am

I’m visiting tomorrow and it will be my first visit to see it.

Susan LegerNo Gravatar says:
October 14th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I live in south Louisiana, home of many mighty oaks as well. I have been following the story of the Angel Oak. It causes my heart great sadness that ANYONE would want to harm this God-given beauty.

wcbassNo Gravatar says:
September 25th, 2013 at 8:47 am

There is a magnolia tree here in Tifton, Georgia that is as big. The tree has a lot of damage due to the cutting of trees and clearing of land. These trees are a part of the past that we don’t get to see these days. Let’s protect them and keep them safe.

Jessie Moore& Patrica PoagNo Gravatar says:
September 3rd, 2013 at 9:55 am

My sister and I had the pleasure of visiting, James Island. We saw that magnanimous angel tree. We have never seen any thing like this in our lives. It is one of
God’s miraculous works.

Trey MillsapsNo Gravatar says:
August 2nd, 2013 at 11:08 am

This is an amazingly awesome tree, I want a picture of it for the background of my computer… can anybody send me a good picture to use? Thanks -Trey

Joe KennedyNo Gravatar says:
July 12th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Here is the latest news about the Angel Oak straight from the local paper, The Post and Courier:

The park around the historic Angel Oak tree is poised to grow by 17 acres. Charleston County’s Greenbelt Bank Board on Thursday approved contributing 2.4 million towards the purchase of the property, which sits just adjacent to the park surrounding the massive live oak on Johns Island.

County Council’s Finance Committee approved the expense with a unanimous vote and two conditions- the nonprofit Carolina Homeless Veterans must have access to five acres for farming, and the park must be owned and run by the county’s Park and Recreation Commission.

I hope this all goes as planned, not only for the Angel Oak but also for the community.

Emmie GiguereNo Gravatar says:
July 11th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I have known this tree all my life. Having been born in the Holy City, my grandfather owned a store on Wadmalaw Island, and my uncle and his family have lived just down the road from it for 72 years. It is awe-inspiring and worth gentle care. I hope the city does nothing to anything to endanger it.

Robert A. Wood, SrNo Gravatar says:
July 7th, 2013 at 8:14 am

My parents and I saw the Angel Oak in June 1969 for the first time. I remember that there were cut logs placed under the massive branches to help hold them up. It was a sight that I will always remember.

Donna Jean RouseNo Gravatar says:
July 3rd, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Please keep us updated to the condition of the tree and why the road was blocked off. Thanks –
Donna Jean Rouse, Camillus, NY

Joe KennedyNo Gravatar says:
July 1st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I went by to see the Angel Oak Saturday (6-29-13) and the road was blocked to traffic on both ends.
I hope that this is not due to any development. I will try to keep everyone posted as I find out more information.

Carrie B. (Smith) HicksNo Gravatar says:
June 26th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I was born and raised on Johns Island, SC, attended Mt. Zion Elementary School, Haut Gap School, and graduated from St. Johns High School. The Angel Oak tree has always held fond memories for me. It was always a place of tranquility and wonder as a child, and was even coined “lovers’ lane” by many a teenagers (lol). My sister even carved her and her then-boyfriend’s initials in its trunk (in the early 70s) (FYI: please do not attempt to do this now!) I will certainly advocate to help preserve this wonder of nature and the beauty of the island, itself. LONG LIVE THE ANGEL OAK!!!

Catherine BrownNo Gravatar says:
June 23rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I visited the Angel Oak today and was saddened to find that I could not use my tripod while taking pictures. I am an older person and my hands shake so I can’t hand hold a camera steady enough to take photos. Please tell me why the tripod isn’t allowed. Also, I noticed the warning signs were all located closely around the trunk of the tree so it was impossible to get a picture without an ugly sign in it. Couldn’t they be placed a bit farther away? I’ve never complained about a public site until now. We came from a long distance to photograph the tree and in spite of the stunning beauty of the tree, it was not a very good experience.

Elizabeth GadsonNo Gravatar says:
May 30th, 2013 at 12:32 am

I live in New York and I brought a women’s group to a conference in Charleston. One of the things we did was to visit the tree. It was amazing experience. This was my second visit to the tree; I will return again this summer with another group that has never seen the Tree. Just love it.

Kathy KellyNo Gravatar says:
May 19th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

are there directions to come see this wonder?

Nancy DavisNo Gravatar says:
April 19th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I plan to be there in May to visit my daughter and she’s suggested we go to see the Angel Oak. I would really love to see it again! I hope nothing of harm comes to that landmark. It’s so beautiful!

Donna Jean RouseNo Gravatar says:
April 4th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This is the second year I have came from NY to visit my son and family In Charleston, SC. Visiting the Angel Oak is a priority for me during my trip. This tree is a beautiful old soul and I love it. It is a spiritual place to visit.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
April 4th, 2013 at 11:28 am

We completely agree, David. Charleston is in grave danger right now; it is poised to lose much of what makes it special because of greed and carelessness. Thank you for your beautiful comments.

David LarsonNo Gravatar says:
April 2nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

I live in Maryland but have vacationed in Charleston almost every spring for the last 18 years now. I have grown to love the Low Country very much and the Angel Oak is one of my special places that I always enjoy stopping and seeing every year. I was there once again just last week and it was still looking as grand and magnificent as ever but I was very sorry to hear that there is talk of encroaching development on Johns Island that could possibly come to literally within feet of the Angel Oak. I hope the people who live there will realize the value of what a treasure the tree is and be able to save it for many future generations. It would be true tragedy if it were lost because of careless development and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. If that happened, Charleston and the world would be a much poorer place for it.

Henry RentzNo Gravatar says:
April 1st, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I will be visiting my home Charleston for the first time in over 25 years. My wife, whom has never been to South Carolina, is excited about the visit as well. One of the first things I will show her is Angel Oak. This is the place in the 1950s my father would take us to picnic in the limbs. We would stop at the local drive-in, the Hi Ho, and pick-up fried chicken then head to Johns Island to visit the grand tree and spend time together. Some of my fondest memories are at that tree. I can’t wait to visit again.

Autumn BreedloveNo Gravatar says:
April 1st, 2013 at 9:21 am

My boyfriend and I visited Angel Oak over this past Easter weekend. I had come across pictures of it while searching the internet for things to do while visiting Charleston and I just knew that I had to visit this amazing natural piece of history. We were in complete awe and amazement from the moment we laid eyes on it. Its such a humbling experience and really brings a sense of clarity to the forefront of ones mind. I hope this beauty stays protected from civilization so that someday we can take our children to visit and feel what we were able to feel that day.

Sandra HalseyNo Gravatar says:
March 23rd, 2013 at 3:53 pm

My grandson’s birthday is today. He’s 9 years old, and he and his mom are on the way to my house. They are bringing a friend of his with them. Neither my grandson’s mom nor the friend have seen the Angel Oak, and I am so excited about being the one to take them there. I grew up on John’s Island, and continue to live on the property I was raised on. I am so proud of this tree, and am always taking visitors there to see it. I often go myself, just to sit and reflect on the past and feel the peace that it gives just to be in the presence of such a beautiful and awe-inspiring wonder of nature. It is my hope that we can save this tree for the future generations to enjoy, for as long as it can exist naturally.

TCJBROWNNo Gravatar says:
March 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I moved to SC in 1996, the 1st time I was taken to see the Angel Oak I could not believe what was before my eyes, it was the most AWESOME CREATION OF GOD & NATURE I have ever seen in my 50+ yrs. of life. I have told everybody about this tree I have a beautiful picture my co-worker took for me hanging in my home, I encourage & take those visiting me to see the Angel Tree I go each year to see this AWESOME WONDER!!!!!

Larry StanleyNo Gravatar says:
February 28th, 2013 at 11:51 am

In 1975 I was in the Navy at Charleston S.C. Was at Charlrston Naval Shipyard for work on USS FULTON AS11. This was a place we went to party. You could walk up the branches with a case of beer and that’s where we all gathered in the branches of the Oak. Often seen as many as 18-24 people in tree!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel S.No Gravatar says:
February 17th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I grew up in the Charleston area and as a child I was amazed with the Angel oak and still am, This tree has a peaceful presence and it’s still magificent in it’s own way. There should not disrrupt history.

Bobbi RayNo Gravatar says:
January 27th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The first time I saw Angel Oak I was in the 2nd grade at Riverland Terrace Elementary School. My teacher took our class there on a field trip.The year had to have been around 1959. I remember it wasn’t that easy to get to but what a wonderful surprise when we finally arrived. I was so impressed I told my family all about it. My Dad asked if I could remember how to get to it.To the amazement of us all I did. It became a wonderful place for our family to go and to take out of town visitors. My dad was in the Navy at the time and he met 3 Vietnamese Sailors (navy students).They visited our home often and one place we took them was Angel Oak. Our family still has the photos. I am now 62yrs old and have lived many places in my lifetime.I have never seen Angel Oak again but have thought of it often. I just finished reading Angel Song by Shelia Walsh and the main character in the book went to Angel Oak. I actually cried with happy memories. I had to get on the computer to see if in fact it still exists. For a place that is filled with so much history as Charleston is how can they possibly think of getting rid of this wonderful and unique tree! I hope and pray God will save Angel Oak and I will see it again someday.

Hilda MontielNo Gravatar says:
January 16th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My father took me to see the angel tree when I was about 8yrs old. Now I am 44yrs old and I took my 4yr old and 10yr old girls to see it in 2011. I had not seen the tree since my fatherhad taken me and it is still so beautifull and breath taking. To see my girls being amazed like I was my first time and them knowing that their grandfather, who has passed away and they never met had taken me there when I was small was a special gift not only to them but to me also.

Julie caseNo Gravatar says:
January 13th, 2013 at 11:01 am

One of God’s creations! Simply Beautiful. Save the Angel Oak.

Warren ReichertNo Gravatar says:
January 10th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

My wife and have visited this magnificent tree several times while visiting our daughter in West Ashley. Words alone cannot express the beauty and power of this wonder of nature. I hope upon hope that efforts to stop development near this site are successful. No one regardless of wealth or fame could ever replace what mother nature has provided us to relax and reflect in her beauty and longevity. Long live the Angel Oak.

JamieNo Gravatar says:
January 10th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I am doing a tree report for this tree and I love reading all the facts about it, i love big oak trees. This website has not only helped me with my report, but it has also inspired me to do a painting of this magnificent tree. My mom is an artist and she has also inspired me. But anyways, I would like to help save this tree. I hope this tree can stay as long as possible. 🙂

jean ardNo Gravatar says:
January 6th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Having been born in Charleston 10/1942 I remember visiting this tree many times as a small child. I have a photo ‘dwarfing’ my Dad’s 1953 Buick as it sits parked ‘under’ one of it’s extended limbs.

Barbara (McKenna) SullivanNo Gravatar says:
January 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

I lived on John’s Island from early age and attended St John’s High School but the childhood memories of climbing up on the Angel Oak seem like yesterday and that was over sixty years ago. God has given this wonderful tree and we should not take it away from future generations. There is a sweet peace there that only the Holy Spirit can bring.

Melinda Joy MillerNo Gravatar says:
December 18th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Trees are so important to the planet and old trees have such a huge amount of healing resonance for everyone. We must save our trees for those children 7 generations into the future. Our integrity as a nation is reflected in how we care for the earth and how we provide for those yet unborn.

anne bassNo Gravatar says:
December 15th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Please, Please let this amazing oak live! I have never seen such a beautiful wise tree! I beg you to let her live!

Travis ChampagneNo Gravatar says:
December 1st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Like so many that have posted here, I too am fond of this magnificent handiwork from our Creator! I grew up in New York, but my mother and grandparents are from James Island. I could not wait to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York, and spent many summers in Charleston. I remember my grandfather taking us to this tree, and I have fond childhood memories of it that will never go away! So much of Charleston’s natural beauty is being destroyed because of “progress” and the almighty dollar! Please help save this tree!!

Kimberly KinardNo Gravatar says:
October 31st, 2012 at 9:16 am

I am currently planning my wedding and have fallen in love with the Angel Oak! I live about an hour away and was wondering if anyone around the Johns Island area would know where I could follow with my reception close by. Thanks in advance!

Rutledge Etheridge JrNo Gravatar says:
October 25th, 2012 at 11:08 am

What a tree, and what a treat!
More than fifty years ago, I was a student at James Island Elementary School, living at nearby Folly Beach. I have not seen Angel Oak since then, but had heard around 1980 (on a trip to Charleston) that someone had bought the land, and sealed it off from visitors. I was heartbroken to hear that!

My introduction to Angel Oak occurred on a fifth-grade field trip. I had never, and still have never, seen anything like that great tree. Somewhere there are pictures of our class scooting up some of the horse-width limbs that rest on the ground and deliver one safely to the heart of that grand creation of God. There could be fifty or sixty of us (classes together) on one limb, and another sixty on another. I am SO glad that the tree is still there, and hope that it is open to the many folks who love that amazing, child-friendly, unforgettable, and venerable part of South Carolina’s charm.

Jennifer BarkerNo Gravatar says:
October 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

We visited the Angel Oak recently. What a beautiful tree. I too, hope the tree will be saved for next generations to enjoy its grandeur.

Tracy AutryNo Gravatar says:
August 29th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Please protect that beautiful tree! Do not allow city leaders to destroy it like the city of Thomasville, GA did a few years. They cut down their ancient oak in the name of ‘progress.’ I’ll never go to Thomasville, GA again.

Ansley HodgeNo Gravatar says:
August 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

So gorgeous! Want to go and visit as soon as possible!

Jean JacobsNo Gravatar says:
August 21st, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I hope it is saved, and I hope to have wedding pictures done there one day. It is a beautiful place.

monica hardinNo Gravatar says:
July 27th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Please help save this majestic forest and the life instilled within it.

Brenda LemaireNo Gravatar says:
July 13th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

While visiting friends in Conway, we went to view this magnificent wonder of nature. There was no way we could have been prepared for what we were about to see. What a true work of nature!! I’m glad I took many awesome photos as my friends back here in Toronto, Canada will be just as awed as I was.

CharlesNo Gravatar says:
June 30th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

My daughter and her husband took me to see the Angel Oak. I remember thinking, “What could be so special about a tree?” When we got there, the tree itself answered my question. There are no words to describe the magnificence of this SPECIAL creation, a gift to humanity from God! It must be preserved at all cost.

YvonneNo Gravatar says:
June 25th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

My daughter wrote a book with the Angel Oak tree featured prominently in the story. The book is The Locket by Emily Nelson. If you have visited the site of this beautiful tree, you will love reading the book!

ElizabethNo Gravatar says:
June 18th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The Angel Oak is an amazing and AWESOMELY PEACEFUL creation!
It is difficult to put into words how touched we have been each time we visited. The size of the limbs and trunk are beyond imagination. This is truly a treasure worth taking the time to experience!
The Angel Oak must be protected so that future generations may enjoy the beauty and splendor of it!

DianaNo Gravatar says:
June 16th, 2012 at 5:50 am

This beautiful tree is so powerful, please don’t let them destroy any part of it. The power of God is here, just go and visit this wonderful, peaceful place. I thank you so much for the chance to see what man has not destroyed or made into a tourist trap. I stood in AWE and gazed~~Thank you.

ginger stevensNo Gravatar says:
June 12th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I have been coming to see the Angel Oak for many many years. I even lived in Mt. Pleasant and still came to see the tree regularly. I am taking a young cousin to see it tomorrow, and we are doing the Angel before the beach. Maybe I’ll be able to bring my granddaughter to experience and rejoice in this amazing gift.

StarNo Gravatar says:
June 7th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

My daughter just called me to tell me, the love of her life just proposed to her under the Angel Oak. I had never heard of it as I live in New Mexico. I googled it immediately and am both overjoyed and in awe. If their wedding happens to be in SC I will surely visit this magnificent tree. What a treasure to have on this earth.

Laural WoodNo Gravatar says:
May 20th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

My husband and I saw the Angel oak in the early 70’s It was one of the most wonderful things I had ever seen. We were coming over to Charleston for a visit and I wanted to go back to the Angel tree. Reading here and finding out about the development I began to weep. If there could be the slightest change for damage to God’s gift to us we are lost as human beings. The decline of man is seen in the way he treats nature. I am so ashamed of what we have become.

Tamara from KentuckyNo Gravatar says:
April 28th, 2012 at 8:24 am

We visited this area for the first time this summer. What I felt when I saw the tree was a since of awe, to see something that old and living. Then I thought how maybe that God had singled-out that tree, and protected it all these years. If He cared about that tree, how much more does He care for us!
I hope the tree remains until the end of time.

Donna Jean RouseNo Gravatar says:
April 18th, 2012 at 10:57 am

I am from New York, but I recently went down to Charleston to visit my son and family. Seeing this Angel Oak was the most enjoyable part of my visit. The closest word I can find to describe how I felt visiting this tree is “Spiritual.” Please do everything possible to keep it alive and healthy!

BeverlyNo Gravatar says:
April 11th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

A beautiful and sacred place such as this should not be destroyed. Our family was fortunate to be able to visit this awesome place in 2003 and we all fell in love with it. Our grandchildren were just a little over a year old and they had such a good time running through and around the branches. Please do not destroy this magnificient piece of God’s work.

Harry MettsNo Gravatar says:
March 28th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I remember this awesome tree as a kid. Me and my friends cut school often and would climb that tree. This was in the early 70s. I live in Texas now and miss Johns Island very much.

DebbieNo Gravatar says:
January 26th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

As a child growing up in Charleston, I spent many an afternoon climbing the magnificent limbs of the ‘Angel Oak’. It was, and will always be a magical place to me. I hope that it will always be protected, and that people will realize what a treasure it is.

KarenNo Gravatar says:
November 12th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I will never forget my visit there in 2004 — the beauty was silencing!

RhondaNo Gravatar says:
October 25th, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Angel Oak is magnificent. Everything must be done to preserve this beautiful tree. The tree was here before SC was a state or even before our ancestors came to this country on the Mayflower.

YumiNo Gravatar says:
August 30th, 2011 at 1:28 am

This outstanding oak tree resembles to a tree in front of John’s home in the movie “Dear John”, filmed in SC.

Mary GloverNo Gravatar says:
July 13th, 2011 at 8:47 am

So much of the natural beauty that was South Carolina’s — 20 foot sand dunes, pristine beaches, clear air — has been sacrificed to “progress.” Please don’t let the Angel Oak be added to that list.

Carol MorelandNo Gravatar says:
June 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I grew up climbing on this tree 35 years ago. I have special memories and I am sure a lot others do too! Please save the Angel Oak.

DannyNo Gravatar says:
June 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

It was a sad day when Charleston confiscated this property and let it go as it has.

Theodosia ScottNo Gravatar says:
June 19th, 2011 at 9:59 am

I was born in Charleston, and later dated a young man from Wadmalaw Island. He took me to see this humongous tree, and at first I felt fear. As I stood there to view this wonder, I than felt a sense of peace. It was an AWE moment. Being a spiritual person I thought of God, and then I began to feel calm and a peace came over me. It was a breath taking moment which I will never forget. Please preserve this awesome wonder and the surrounding area that I know protects its enormous trunks and root systems. I was 25 years old at that time and it is now 32 years later, and the feelings are still the same … IT IS AN AWESOME WONDER.

Former- StudentNo Gravatar says:
March 24th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The Angel Oak tree has its beauties and our pride, we should save this tree. I was raised on Johns Island, and nothing that beautiful in nature should be demolished for homes and shopping centers. I attended Angel Oak Elementary and that was the first time I’d ever seen the Angel Oak tree resting in its beauty. Angel Oak Elementary was named after the tree, and without it there is no purpose for the school anymore, to me.

Karen McLachlanNo Gravatar says:
December 15th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

My son moved to John’s Island and took me to see the Angel Oak on a recent visit. Words can not express the feelings of peace and that welled up inside of me as I stood and looked at this magnificent tree with the sunshine streaming thru it’s huge branches. Never before had I seen such a specimen! It and the surrounding forest must be preserved!

Walter AllenNo Gravatar says:
November 16th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

It is one of the most beautiful trees in the world, you must see it for yourself!

Booker'sNo Gravatar says:
November 13th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

We thought it was wonderful and cool and just wow! Now we are going to tell our family members!

Dave & Sara RhoadesNo Gravatar says:
November 11th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

It is magnificent. We hope for the same, that everything will be done to save this beautiful tree.

Chanel St ClairNo Gravatar says:
November 6th, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oh how beautiful! I hope everything possible will be done to preserve the Angel Tree.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

We agree! Make sure to check out for information about how you can help to protect this amazing tree.

Sandy KirbyNo Gravatar says:
September 22nd, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I was born in Charleston and growing up I remember a lot of about this tree. A couple of years ago I went back to see this amazing tree. It will be a shame if anything happen to it, it is a part of my history.

Chuck & Ann McCoyNo Gravatar says:
August 23rd, 2010 at 5:15 am

We have visited this marvelous tree and found it to be so awesome. It surely would be a tragedy if it were ever destroyed.


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