The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. There is considerable debate about the age of the Angel Oak. Some contend that it is 1,500 years old. Most believe that the more conservative estimates are more accurate.
It is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Charleston South Carolina. It is on everyone's top ten list of things to do in Charleston. Despite being located on John's Island, the Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston South Carolina. A large number of people search for "Angel Oak Charleston South Carolina" even thought this tree is on John's Island. It is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island SC.
The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant. The City of Charleston now owns the property. The Angel Oak Park is free and the tree should be added to any visit to Charleston, Kiawah or Seabrook Islands. In fact, if you are going to Kiawah Island or Seabrook Islands, you will likely drive within a few hundred feet of the Angel Oak Tree.