Angel Oak Park is home to the massive, ancient Angel Oak Tree. There is much debate surrounding the exact age of the tree itself. Estimates range from a conservative 300-400 years old to an extraordinary 1,500 years old. The tree stands at about 67 feet tall, has a circumference of 28 feet, and creates shade that covers 17,200 square feet. The longest branch it has measures 187 feet. Below is a video showcasing the beauty of the oak at different angles.
The tree, which is the main attraction of the park, is considered to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak Tree has survived countless floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and human interference. The Angel Oak is not like most trees; typical live oaks only grow out, while Angel Oak grows up and out. Its large limbs are so heavy that they rest on the ground, which is a feature of very old live oaks. Acorns from the tree have gone on to produce offspring trees, making multiple generations coming from this single tree. The following is a video slideshow showing more of the park.
Angel Oak was originally part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant. The name of the park comes from Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. In 1991, the City of Charleston took over and now owns the tree and the surrounding property. This last video shows even more of the tree, as though you were really there.
Come see the tree for yourself; there are picnic tables and a gift shop surrounding the Angel Oak. This free park should be a part of any itinerary for nature lovers passing through Charleston.
Cover Photo Credit: Image by Angusjacqi via Wikimedia Commons.