We love to feature beautiful, hidden gems in Charleston and today’s post is no different. Many visitors come to Charleston to see historical sites and beautiful plantations. If you love the outdoors and imagining yourself in old Charleston, you have to check out the Angel Oak.
Located fifteen minutes from downtown, just off of Maybank highway, the Angel Oak is a sort of you-don’t-know-unless-you-know kind of place. There are no huge billboards advertising it and there are no commercials on TV about it.
Part of this might be because visiting the Angel Oak is free. There is no admission fee, though there is a small gift shop located on the property.
To get to the park, you have to turn down a dirt road. From the street, you can only see a closed gate and a PRIVATE PROPERTY sign. Keep going around the bend and you will see the (small) signs pointing you to the park.
At the park, you will see the tree. It is a live oak and is estimated to be over 1,400 years old (according to Wikipedia!) It is over 66 feet tall, and 28 feet in circumference.
Around the tree there are several shaded picnic tables. It is a truly beautiful place to have lunch. The trees provide a nice cool shade and block out the sights and sounds of nearby streets and city life.
We love the Angel Oak. What’s your favorite “secret” Charleston spot?