# 10 - Mepkin Abbey
0.5 - 1.5+ miles, exploration
Walk the grounds of a Roman Catholic Trappist
monastery. Located on the grounds of the historic
Mepkin Plantation on the Cooper River, you'll see
landscaped vistas, beautiful gardens, ornate sculptures
and the Mepkin Abbey Church. This is a fantastic trek
for the entire family and a great place to have a picnic.
Walk all the way to the Cooper River. You're treated to
impressive live oaks and panoramic scenery.
Distance: 0.5 - 1.5+ miles. Treat this walk as exploration.
Time: Plan to spend 2 - 3 hours.
Trail Surface: Pathways, asphalt and dirt roads, crossing over lawns/grass.
Crowds: Moderate to heavy crowds, especially on the weekends.
Fees/Permits: None. Parts of the abbey may be closed at times for religious purposes.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. Watch for alligators around some of the ponds. No dogs are allowed.
IMPORTANT: This is a working monastery. Please dress modestly, be mindful of foul language, and show respect to clergy members and any religious services.
Parking: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29641. 843-761-8509. www.mepkinabbey.com. Park in the Reception Center/Gift Shop parking lot.
GPS Coordinates Parking Lot: 33.115964, -79.950910 or 33°06'57.5"N 79°57'03.3"W