Visitors will find one of Charleston’s most photographed icons on Johns Island: the Angel Oak. It is said to be the largest live oak east of the Mississippi. The gorgeous tree is 65 feet high, with a circumference of 25.5 feet. It’s estimated that the tree is between 300 and 400 years old. Visitors in the thousands flock to the tree to pose next to its long limbs.
Recent visitors said the tree is worth a quick stop to take a photo of the magnificent natural wonder. Others warned that there are lots of rules to be observed and noted that you’ll want to make sure to keep a sharp eye on your kids, who will naturally be tempted to climb the tree.
It’s free to visit to the park and the tree daily. Donations are welcome. Along with the tree, there is an on-site gift shop. You’ll find the Angel Oak tree about 15 miles southwest of downtown Charleston along a dirt road.