Protected in a public park on John's Island in South Carolina, the Angel Oak tree is definitely a most impressive living site to visit. One may experience an unexplainable, surreal feeling of calmness and peace as they walk under the huge 17,000 square foot shaded canopy while gazing in amazement. It truly feels like a connection to the past, reaching out into the big sky above. One question people seem to always ask when we talk about visiting this wonder is, how old is it? With an estimated age close to 1,400 years old, the ancient Angel Oak tree certainly lives up to its age in person. The old oak was named after Martha and Justus Angel, though some may believe the name is from its angel protectors. It has witnessed a lot of history on John's Island, survived a booming logging industry, and even stood up to a hurricane.
The trunk alone measures 25.5 feet (306 inches!), and some of the limbs are so large that they've begun to grow upward like new trees, after crawling across the ground for some distance. Damage over the years has resulted, unfortunately, with many of the branches needing reinforcing with wiring and supports for preservation. Angel Oak's mesmerizing experience will hopefully continue on for many years to come and allow many more people to see the live beauty first hand.
During our visit, we took our time wandering around, following the long branches, all while relaxing in the beautiful shade and trying to wrap our heads around the size of the tree. To help show just how big this tree really is, here are some photos from the experience for you to enjoy.
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