On St. Simon’s Island along the Georgia coast is located a special place. It is a short woodland walk and a prayer garden associated with it called the Wesley Woodland Walk. It is a place of reflection and an interesting bird watching area as well. This special place was dedicated in 1988 to honor Charles and John Wesley who served the colony of Georgia under the supervision of General James Oglethorpe for a short time during the earliest days of the colony.
Wesley Woodland Walk, St. Simon's Island
This is a very relaxing and interesting little walk through a wooded area. It ends in a prayer garden dominated by a 15 ton cross which stands in the center of the garden.
Cooler weather is the best time to visit
Georgia's summer heat and insects can be difficult to handle at times.
From long experience of living in Georgia, I have to admit that the best time to visit this little gem of a place is the late fall and cooler months. Especially if one intends to take his/her time and watch birds or spend time in meditation at the prayer garden. My wife and I have walked through here a few times (she is an avid bird watcher) and that seems the best time of year to avoid having to make a hurried trip. The spring is good as well, but it should be the earlier part of spring when it is still cool enough to keep the mosquitoes and yellow flies away.
Dedicated to John and Charles Wesley
The prayer garden includes an eighteen foot tall Celtic stone cross with a walkway circling it. The cross weighs fifteen tons. Most of the flowers and plants within the area are native to the area. The walk is only about 10 minutes long so it can easily be used by almost anyone. The walk passes through the woods as a wide dirt path, so wheel chairs might not be able to use it.
The Rev. John Wesley was appointed a Church of England missionary to the colony of Georgia and served from 1736-37. He then returned to England and went on to become famous as the founder of Methodism. His brother Charles is acclaimed as one of the greatest hymn writers of all time.
The Walk is located across the road from Christ Episcopal Church along Frederica Road in the northern section of the island not far from the Fort Frederica National Monument.
Be sure to take your camera. The area has several squirrels and birds to be observed in it. It is also possible to view white-tailed deer and raccoons in the area, as well as the occasional rabbit.
The cemetery which surrounds Christ Church on three sides is famous for some of those whose remains are now interred there. One very famous resident of this peaceful place is Eugenia Price. However, don't expect to find her resting place as the location is hidden (and probably disguised).
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