A Labyrinth on the Grand Strand?
By Kimberly Duncan
One of the Grand Strand’s and SC’s Hammock Coast’s most unexpected attractions is an authentic, walkable Labyrinth – an often-misunderstood word and a concept largely unfamiliar to the Lowcountry. And yet we have one of our very own!
There’s a beautiful labyrinth at Brookgreen Gardens, America’s first public sculpture garden conveniently located between Myrtle Beach and the charming city of Georgetown. It’s perfect vacation territory during the South’s cooler months.
Many confuse a labyrinth with a maze. Labyrinths wind toward a center point and are used as places of reflection and meditation. Conversely, the paths of a maze incorporate dead ends. A maze is a puzzle to be solved; a labyrinth has an unambiguous route to the center.
The history of labyrinths is eighteen to twenty thousand years old.
From Africa, Egypt, France and Italy to Swedish fishermen and
America’s Hopi Indians, many cultures embraced labyrinths.
Labyrinths are not specific to – or in opposition to –
other religions or belief systems.
Brookgreen Garden’s labyrinth is positioned beside a creek along the north end of the Trail Beyond the Garden Wall, one of Brookgreen’s designated walking paths. Its location allows visitors time well spent with a leisurely stroll through the Gardens – and perhaps lunch at the onsite restaurant – before encountering the Labyrinth itself. (There’s a picnic area too.)
There’s much more to know about Brookgreen. By any standard, it is one of the Southeast’s finest assets. They currently display a collection of more than 1400 works of American sculpture. The natural beauty of the Garden’s is staggering. There’s also a wildlife park, trekker excursions, boat tours, interpretative history exhibits and more. (It’s budget-friendly in that admission includes all the glory for seven full days!)
SC’s Hammock Coast, the southern sliver of SC’s Grand Strand, delivers a crazy wealth of things to do during cool weather months. Everything is less crowded. Temperatures are pleasant. There’s rarely a wait at award-winning Lowcountry restaurants. The golf and beach are at their very best. Retail options are impressive, too. (Get a jump on Christmas shopping!) Lodging alternatives are wide-ranging – from creekside and oceanfront to homes, condos and hotel rooms sporting golf, river, creek and marsh views.
For whatever reasons, you and yours deserve a pre- (or post-!) holiday vacation. Make it happen. Wait until spring or summer only if you must. Pop over to HammockCoastSC.com to get your getaway started. You’ll find scads of interesting info about Brookgreen Gardens at www.Brookgreen.org.