We realized some of you folks who are new to town may have never been, so here are few things to know before you go:
Furman is roughly a 15-minute drive from downtown Greenville. The best (and prettiest) way to enter campus (in our opinion) is from Poinsett Highway through the front gate. From there, you can drive around to see the Joseph A. Vaughn Plaza, Daniel Chapel, and more or head straight back towards Furman (Swan) Lake.
If walking or cycling, you can also get on campus from the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. #ProTip: Furman makes a great place for a picnic, water break, or pit stop (there’s a restroom super close to the trail) between Greenville + Travelers Rest.
On the ~2 paved miles (distance varies based on how many detours you take) around the 26-acre, man-made lake you can spot ducks, fish, turtles, frogs, and geese (but you can’t feed them).
In addition to great walking, cycling, and picnic areas, there are a few other things to see on your visit:
- Thoreau Cabin (a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin built by Furman students in 2009)
- Janie E. Furman Rose Garden (a perfect place for your next Instagram photo with 800 rose bushes)
- Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities/Furman Farm (the biggest Koi fish you ever did see)
- Place of Peace (the first Japanese temple to ever be dismantled + reconstructed in America)
- Bell Tower (a replica of the Bell Tower from the original Furman campus in downtown Greenville constructed in 1965)