There’s never a wrong time to go to Charleston, but as the colder months approach, now is as good a time as any to head down to South Carolina for warmer temps and sweet tea.
Angel Oak is a live oak. It is native to the low country and is not very tall but has a wide spread canopy. Lumber from the live oak forests in the sea islands was highly valued for shipbuilding in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Angel Oak stands on part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant. Credits: News & Events: Angel Oak, John’s Island, South Carolina, 2014
The Angel Oak rises out of the ground — winding limbs twist and turn to make sure that the tree is basically the prettiest thing you can put on your Instagram feed.
Settled comfortably on three acres of property, the Charleston Park Conservancy says that “the Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River.” Other sources believe it’s nearer to 500 or 400 years old.
No matter how old it is, nobody can deny the tree is TALL, coming in at more than 65 feet with a trunk that’s truly gigantic.
The tree offers up lots of shade — around 17,000 square feet of it — but you should still lather up on the sunscreen and bug spray (visitors say the mosquitos are barbarous here!).
When you wipe off most of the bug spray, stick to John’s Island for food, and dine at the Angel Oak Restaurant following your journey to see the historic tree.
Today, my Mom and I went driving around John’s Island, South Carolina and to Kiawah Island, where we used to live before it became one giant golf course. In fact, when we moved there from Columbia, SC, there were still wild horses on the island, two thirds of it was undeveloped, and the Vanderhorst Plantation was still standing and accessible. Kiawah is still absolutely gorgeous, but not a place I would ever EVER want to live again. Too isolated, too expensive, and too….elite for my personal taste. One the way back toward Charleston, we came upon Resurrection road and decided to explore that. It featured a gigantic, plantation style home and a few other houses on the water. It also seemed that the forest around it was filled with blue, beautiful hydrangeas! Cool! I’d nevertheless seen them in a forest before. Credits: CARSONIA: The Angel Oak on John’s Island, SC
The Angel Oak Tree – near Charleston, South Carolina
This massive oak tree outside of Charleston produces enough shade to cover 17,200 square feet, and is one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi. According to local folklore, the ghosts of former slaves sometimes appear as angels around the tree…although its name really comes from the original estate owners, Justis and Martha Angel. Credits: Visiting the Angel Oak tree near Charleston, South Carolina
Please watch this video – “Angel Oak Tree, Charleston, SC”: