Today we spent a fabulous day visiting the famous Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina, not far from Charleston. However, let me start out by saying that you should never believe what you read on the internet. When we researched this southern attraction, every website said that it is 1500 years old, but when we arrived on site we found out that the Angel Oak is actually 300-400 years old.
The Angel Oak is a Live Oak, a native tree species found throughout the Lowcountry, and its massive, draping limbs and wide spreading canopy present the aura of an angel, but the naming was acquired from the tree’s previous owners, Justis and Martha Angel. It has a height of 65 feet and a circumference of 25.5 feet. It shades an area of 17,000 square feet, and the largest limb is 11.25 feet around and 89 feet long.
Standing beneath the Angel Oak is awe-inspiring to say the least, and I don’t think any photo can completely do it justice, but here are a few of the shots that I took today. The last three photos show Mike, myself, and my parents under the tree, so you will be able to get a little bit of an idea of just how massive this tree is.