If you’re in Charleston, South Carolina you will be enamored with the ocean, marshes,  ships, history,  architecture and attractions. But there is one massive living organism that has silently grown in the background watching all of the historical changes occur around it’s roots, branches and limbs. The Angel Oak Tree, a 500 year old beautiful canopy of bark, limbs and leaves, sits stoically on John’s Island welcoming all who come to gaze upon its expanse and explore its incredible roots.

If you’re willing to make the drive and follow the dirt road you’re rewarded with a grand view of the Angel Oak. The City of Charleston maintains the property and they’ve done a great job of preserving the tree. You’ll notice large posts and cables the city installed to help stabilize the behemoth. You might be concerned that it will distract from the beauty of the tree, but it doesn’t.

It may be considered weird to say a tree connected with your soul. It’s an inanimate object, I get it. But the Angel Oak Tree on John’s Island in South Carolina did just that and here’s why. When you look at the 500+ year old tree think about this – God has watched that tree grow from a seed. He’s protected it from hurricanes, fires, man. God knows every branch, every leaf, ever moss covered crack found on this behemoth. God knows how many squirrels and birds this tree has given shelter too over the past centuries. Its older than you’ll ever be and its older than our Nation.


You’ll need to park outside the gate. Parking is free.


Admission is free, however they do accept donations.  You can also check out the Angel Oak gift shop.

When to go: 

Keep in mind this is a popular must-see stop in Charleston so it can be packed.  The tree is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We went on a Wednesday in the late afternoon around 4:15 p.m. and there were only two other people there.


There are signs everywhere and monitors watching your behavior.

No tripods, pets, blankets, picnics, props, siting climbing or standing, no alcohol, no spike heels. These signs are everywhere so be aware, you’ve been warned.

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Don’t miss my other South Carolina posts about Junior Ranger badges, Fort Sumter, Congaree National Park and more.