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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reflections on the Angel Oak
Artist Michele Levani shares: “The Angel Oak, located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, SC, is one of the most incredible landmarks of the Lowcountry! As an artist, I’m always looking for creative inspiration and that next great scene or subject to paint. The Angel Oak was my latest, yet oldest muse! It’s awe-inspiring and a must for travelers to see. I’ve recently began an artistic journey of “Painting the Town”, a Youtube series, exploring new adventures of Plein Air painting featuring Lowcountry landmarks. This Angel Oak painting, “Her Majesty” was the first in my series.”
Hello! Love trees and these are beautiful. Is it possible to purchase a copy and if so, what is the price? Regardless, thank you for sharing them!
Tim Gibson says
My great-grandfather on my mother’s side of the family was a Hensley and married Lucretia Angel. They lived in Burnsville, NC. I have been told we may be related to the family who owned the land where the Angel Oak is located. There were a number of Angel/Hensley families in or near Burnsville, NC. I have visited the Angel Oak many years ago. It is a beautiful tree. I am glad it is being preserved.
Sandi Harris says
We were in South Carolina last year for my granddaughter’s wedding, and had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Angel Oak. What a breathtaking sight! I was so awed that I teared up just walking up to it. I was overcome by the sheer majesty and history of it all. Amazing!
Barbara Post says
I was in awe the first time I saw the Angel Tree. Is there a chance I could get a frameable picture of it?
SC Picture Project says
Hey Barbara, we were in awe the first time we ever laid eyes on it ourselves! While we can’t provide prints of each image due to them being owned by the respective photographers, most of them do have their own websites which allow for print purchases. Under each photograph, where you see the photographer’s name, you can click their name and be taken to their website to look at purchasing options. If you come across one you like and they don’t have a website, let us know and we’ll gladly get you in touch!
Patty Wiemeler says
How beautiful the Angel Oak. Will be making a trip this November and will stop to see her. How can i obtain a picture for framing? Please let me know. Thank you in advance. Patty Wiemeler – Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
SC Picture Project says
Hey Patty, we hope you enjoy your trip in November! Did you have a particular photo in mind? Many of the images have a photographer name linked underneath them, which will take you to their website for ordering. In the event one does not, let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the photographer. Thanks!
I love what you are doing. This is a beautiful site and a tribute to your state and its people.
Gary Munder says
Thanks to everyone who worked to save not only this beautiful tree but all of those around it. There have been studies recently that have proven trees “communicate” with each other in the same forest. The recent commercial on TV is far off base on the “oldest tree”. In Brunswick, GA, the Lover’s Oak Tree is supposedly 900 years old.
Janice Poss says
Yes, I believe trees and other plants do communicate. Good point. This tree in its beauty communicates nature’s wonder to us. We must preserve beauty at all costs.
Sandi Bridges-Rofelsohn says
I saw this tree on an Allstate commercial. I was so struck the beauty and grandeur of this tree I had to Google it to see exactly where it was. I plan to make a trip to see this tree. I think it is worth it. Thank you Allstate and Thank you conservation society for keeping this beautiful tree around.
Judith Kampling says
How can I get a poster of this tree. Looking at that in the morning would give me the inspiration to get up and go.
SC Picture Project says
We know exactly what you mean. Some of the photographers have websites, and if you click the links in the credit lines, they will take you to them. If it happens to be one who does not, let us know and we will get them in touch with you about getting a print!
M. Lachner says
That is one magnificent tree! It’s massive and beautifully breathtaking. I can only imagine it in real life. I saw this tree on an All State commercial. Hats off to the citizens, conservation, civic, government agencies, and organization, etc., for all the fundraising and hard work to ensure the preservation of that magnificent specimen. Well done!
Charlene Allen says
Saw this tree in a commercial and had to look it up on the Internet. Living in the Pacific Northwest I grew up knowing how important trees are and I commend the people of South Carolina for their preservation efforts. Beautiful tree. Love the pictures and will be looking for one that will hang on my wall.
Olivia Morgan says
We are interested in substituting the oak tree we currently use in our company logo with the one by Joy Rogers Hiott. Oaks of Justice. Please advise.
SC Picture Project says
We have let Joy know and provided the email address you left, thank you!
Gertrude Powell says
A live oak in my yard is probably close to the same size. I live in Mobile, AL.
Rev. Bob Thomas says
I just heard about the tree this past week, and have decided to mention it in this Sunday’s sermon!
I’m just very grateful they saved it!
Renee Higgins says
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?
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!
Cindi Bales says
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.
We could not agree more. It is a wonderful piece of history that holds special memories for so many! We enjoyed reading yours!
Lorraine Oliver says
The Angel Oak is so amazing.
We could not agree more!
Cathy Collins says
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?
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.
Margaret Wicks says
This Angel Oak tree is one of God’s amazing creations. After reading up on the history of this beautiful tree and reading the comments, I would love to see it in person to feel the history just sitting under this amazing masterpiece of our creator! Thank you for preserving the grounds and for allowing Allstate to use it in their commercial.
Paul White says
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
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!!!!
MARGIE JONES says
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
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!
Keith Sanchez says
No one is allows to climb on the tree.
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Shannon Cunningham says
Does anyone know if they allow weddings and where I could get that information?
Janice Luft says
Magestic trees. Children must love playing on them.
Debra Goss says
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
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
I can look at that tree for hours. A real beauty.
Vicki Houk says
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
This is the most amazing tree I have ever seen!
Risa Pinson says
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
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
I'm a tree lover <3
Skyann Dimisillo says
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
Wonderful tree, went to see her in 2011.
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 Madara says
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 McGuire says
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 Joyner says
I’m visiting tomorrow and it will be my first visit to see it.
Susan Leger says
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.
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 Poag says
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 Millsaps says
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 Kennedy says
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 Giguere says
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, Sr says
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 Rouse says
Please keep us updated to the condition of the tree and why the road was blocked off. Thanks –
Donna Jean Rouse, Camillus, NY
Joe Kennedy says
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) Hicks says
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 Brown says
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 Gadson says
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 Kelly says
are there directions to come see this wonder?
Nancy Davis says
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 Rouse says
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.
David Larson says
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.
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.
Henry Rentz says
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 Breedlove says
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 Halsey says
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.
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 Stanley says
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. says
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 Ray says
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 Montiel says
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 case says
One of God’s creations! Simply Beautiful. Save the Angel Oak.
Warren Reichert says
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.
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 ard says
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) Sullivan says
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 Miller says
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 bass says
Please, Please let this amazing oak live! I have never seen such a beautiful wise tree! I beg you to let her live!
Travis Champagne says
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 Kinard says
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 Jr says
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 Barker says
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 Autry says
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 Hodge says
So gorgeous! Want to go and visit as soon as possible!
Jean Jacobs says
I hope it is saved, and I hope to have wedding pictures done there one day. It is a beautiful place.
monica hardin says
Please help save this majestic forest and the life instilled within it.
Brenda Lemaire says
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 stevens says
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.
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 Wood says
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 Kentucky says
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 Rouse says
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!
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 Metts says
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.
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.
I will never forget my visit there in 2004 — the beauty was silencing!
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.
This outstanding oak tree resembles to a tree in front of John’s home in the movie “Dear John”, filmed in SC.
Mary Glover says
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 Moreland says
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.
It was a sad day when Charleston confiscated this property and let it go as it has.
Theodosia Scott says
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- Student says
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 McLachlan says
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 Allen says
It is one of the most beautiful trees in the world, you must see it for yourself!
We thought it was wonderful and cool and just wow! Now we are going to tell our family members!
Dave & Sara Rhoades says
It is magnificent. We hope for the same, that everything will be done to save this beautiful tree.
Chanel St Clair says
Oh how beautiful! I hope everything possible will be done to preserve the Angel Tree.
Sandy Kirby says
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.
We agree! Make sure to check out http://www.savetheangeloak.org/ for information about how you can help to protect this amazing tree.
Chuck & Ann McCoy says
We have visited this marvelous tree and found it to be so awesome. It surely would be a tragedy if it were ever destroyed.