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Mepkin Abbey “Mepkin Abbey is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation located on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, South Carolina. Founded by the monks of Gethsemani in Kentucky, the brothers of Mepkin belong to the worldwide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance popularly known as Trappist. Following The Rule of St. Benedict, the monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality. Living by the work of their hands, the monks provide a livelihood for themselves and the poor.” The Abbey hosts the beautiful Nancy Bryan Luce Gardens with a serene and historical atmosphere. You can also visit the graves of John Laurens, soldier and statesman during the Revolutionary War.
Moncks Corner is a perfect location to enjoy Lake Moultrie and the Cooper River! There are several public boat landings in the area that provide easy and affordable access to both Lake Moultrie and the Cooper River. Please visit Berkeley Outdoor Life- Boat Ramps for real time information on each of the boat ramps available.
“Beautiful Cypress Gardens has been a preferred group and family destination since 1932. Visitors from all over the country come to experience this unique and exciting attraction, which has been featured in numerous national magazines and popular television shows and motion pictures including The Notebook and The Patriot.” Come walk the miles of pathways through the gardens, see native plants and animals in their natural habitats and enjoy the many events hosted every year. Visit the Cypress Gardens website to plan your visit.
“Opened in 1989, the 195-acre park commemorates the building of the first true canal in America and showcases the area’s extensive history and habitat. Among its attractions are the Stony Landing House, built in 1843, and four miles of boardwalks that meander through the quiet backwaters of Biggin Creek and its surrounding swamp. The park’s centerpiece is its Interpretive Center that chronicles the area’s history as far back as 4000 B.C. Beyond its historical offerings, the park has become a popular destination for bird watchers, hikers, paddlers and other outdoor enthusiasts.” Old Santee Canal Park is home to the Berkeley County Museum as well. The Berkeley Museum has been a place to learn and engage with Moncks Corner history since 1992. It has since expanded it exhibits and educational outreach. For more information please visit Old Santee Canal Park and The Berkeley County. Museum.
Berkeley Outdoor Life in partnership with the Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District has done an excellent job in capturing the natural resources opportunities throughout Moncks Corner and Berkeley County. they have compiled the many ways that residents and visitors can see and enjoy all that our beautiful county has to offer including fishing, hiking, biking, and camping. Please visit Berkeley Outdoor Life to plan your next outdoor adventure in the area! Blueway Adventures also offers several resources for outdoor activities to include scenic Lowcountry kayaking tours.