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Angel Oak Tree


  1. Lauren R says

    I love the pictures and think this is a great thing to see in Charleston. However, I do think the hours should be posted on the website somewhere for the out-of-towners like myself. We got there right after it closed and had we known we would have tried to get there a little bit earlier. The hours are 9-5 M-S and 1-5 on Sundays in case anyone wanted to know.


  2. says

    I am looking for a location for a very small intimate wedding,…can we have a wedding at the Angel oak tree?

    Est. date is May 25, 2014 maybe 10 people

  3. David Elliott says

    Weddings are allowed. You will need to contact the City of Charleston for a permit. Their number is 843-724-7327.

  4. Chelsi Turner says

    I want to have a very tiny wedding/elopement here, my only question would be are there typically a lot of people around?

    • David Elliott says

      If the weather is nice you can expect there to be 10-30 people around. Make sure you call the city of Charleston for a permit. They can tell you what a permit entitles you to 843-724-7327.

  5. says

    Can you please tell me if there is any scheduled time or can a scheduled time be arranged for photographers to take photos of Angel Oak without the signs surrounding the tree? If so, I do I go about arranging that. I was out during April and came out 2 separate times, both weekdays as soon as it opened before people started to arrive on overcast days to try to get some good shots. I love what I got, but I would really like to get some without the signs. The Tree is majestic and I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the beauty of it. Thanks for protecting it!


    • Patrick says

      Hi Marjorie,

      I couldn’t agree more with you. I’ve been to Angel Oak a couple of times and have always been disappointed by the signs and number of people. Reserving time for photographers to take shots of the tree without the signs and crowds would be amazing – even if it required some sort of fee.

      I’m heading over there shortly and will inquire about it. I’ll post what I learn here.


    • Patrick says

      Well – this was a disappointing visit from the standpoint of your question, Marjorie. The staff assured me that (1) the signs go up before they open and come down after they close (some liability requirement, I should suppose) and (2) there are no designated opportunities for photographers to take pictures without them. There is also a new (since July 2012, when we last visited Angel Oak) regulation for tripods. They are no longer allowed past the point of the gift shop – so that severely limits the compositional choices for tripod users.

      To be honest, this is a gorgeous photographic opportunity essentially ruined by the way the site is managed. For those wishing to take snapshots of the tree (along with the obligatory signs and crowds the site customarily draws), it’s fine – but it’s definitely not a place where you’ll easily create artistic images without a significant amount of post-processing time and effort in Photoshop.

      Hope this helps. Happy shooting.


    • David Elliott says now offers a service that will remove people and signs from your pictures. You only pay if you are satisfied with the edits.

  6. Joeann Lafontant says

    I was just there an I have never seen anything as pretty as that tree I took some good pictures that I am going to put on my wall

  7. Sheila Bible says

    I visited this beautiful site when I was 18 yrs old, I am now retired and would love to return. My friends are there now as I type this, they have ask people about directions and no one has heard of it. I was wondering are u still allowed to climb on the limbs? Some of the pictures on one of the websites shows people on the limbs but they look very dated.

    • David Elliott says

      They have security cameras and do not allow you to climb on the tree. This started years ago as a method of protecting the Angel Oak from both intentional and accidental damage.

  8. Timm says

    David – I didn’t see a response to the questions about photography with a tripod. Could you answer that please and also advise if some special permit could be obtained? My camera is quite heavy and I’m traveling across country.

    • David Elliott says

      So sorry for missing this. Tripods are allowed outside of the mulched area. No tripods under or close to the tree. Again, please forgive this lengthy delay.

  9. Sharon Pierce says

    I came from Arkansas to see the Angel Oak, I was only in the area one day. We got there about 4:40 pm, not a lot of time to see the tree before the park closed but it would have been enough time. The park was closed so they could mulch the tree. I realize that it is important to keep the tree alive, but I wish they would have waited until 5 pm when the park closes. Several other cars were turned away as well as ours. It is quite a trip out to the tree, we stopped at the tourist center before we went. She didn’t say they were mulching and the tree was closed. I was so very disappointed. It is not good policy to close the tree to the public during its posted open hours.

  10. Anna says

    Hi, We will be traveling with our small dog, which we usually carry. Are pets welcome anywhere near Angel Oak Tree? Thanks

  11. allyson Lindsley says

    Are there people still weaving baskets nearby? I love the ones I bought there years ago?
    thank you!

  12. Michael Woolner says

    I haven’t been able to find out what type of Oak is. I doubt we have it in the UK. What is its full Latin name?

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