AROUND WNC — WNC is home to a plethora of labyrinths — at parks, churches, private gardens, spiritual retreats, you name it.

The historical record traces the origin of labyrinths to at least 3,000 years ago. Walking the serpentine path of a labyrinth is a form of meditation and contemplation — serving as a physical manifestation of a mental and spiritual journey.

A bit of labyrinth etiquette for newcomers: labyrinths are intended to be walked slowly, or at least deliberately, and quietly if others are around.

Check out the handiwork of the region’s labyrinth designers and builders with this list of where to find  labyrinths in WNC.

Lake Junaluska

• Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. A labyrinth design made from smooth flagstones set in a lush, grass lawn on the tranquil lake shore. Located beside Memorial Chapel at 20 Chapel Dr., Lake Junaluska.

Asheville

• River Arts District. River rocks of assorted sizes and shapes form the outline of this large-scale labyrinth. 122 Riverside Dr., Asheville. (next to the old Cotton Mill site.)

• UNC-Asheville. Stones create the shape of the labyrinth on a knoll beneath shade trees. Located above Weizenblatt Hall and below Ramsey Library at 1 University Heights, Asheville.

• First Baptist Church of Asheville. Located in the courtyard of the church to the left of the main entrance. 5 Oak St., Asheville.

• St. Luke's Episcopal Church. White stones form the labyrinth on a grass lawn. Located in the field, behind the pavilion. 219 Chunns Cove Rd., Asheville.

• Unity Center. This labyrinth is handicapped accessible, constructed from a hard pack white gravel surface between rows of bricks suitable for someone in a wheelchair. 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River.

Black Mountain

• The Light Center. A large labyrinth laid out on a white stone bed surface surrounded by a grove of trees is located behind the geodesic prayer dome. 2196 Hwy 9 South, Black Mountain. urlight.org/healing-labyrinth.

Fairview

• The Labyrinth Center. Large natural stones laid out on grass. 58 Dark Star Way, Fairview.

Hendersonville

• Kanuga Conference Center. A black design painted on a large white concrete circle, making it excellent for walking barefoot. 130 Kanuga Conference Dr., Hendersonville.

• Holmes Educational State Forest. Stones form the labyrinth outline over bare ground in a natural park setting.1299 Crab Creek Rd., Hendersonville.

• Crystal Visions. Large stones create the labyrinth on the grass law of this holistic and spiritual services shop. 5426 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville

Sylva

• Fusions Spa. A small but aesthetically pleasing labyrinth formed by an inlaid pattern in a stone patio. 714 West Main St., Sylva.

Highlands

• Carpe Diem Farms. Formed by rocks and stones slightly sunk into a field, with a pleasing naturally-disheveled vibe. 544 Western Rhodes Dr., Highlands.

Franklin

• Mountain Valley Center. A large labyrinth shaped by stones in a field flanked by trees, with the stones partially set in the ground for an ancient look. 43 Shambala Way, Otto.

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