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Furman University is well-known for its beautiful campus. Visitors can enjoy one of the most lovely features of the school – the lake and bell tower – with a walk along the lake trail.

I always have some trouble finding the lake among the turns near the campus entrance, and despite visiting several times, I’ve yet to make it there without a little help from my GPS. I end up pulling up the map on my phone and finding the lake that way. It seems like you could get there by following the signs for Lakeside Housing, but that takes you to a road along the lake where parking is not allowed.

The parking lot is next to the Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Furman, where you can grab drinks, snacks, Furman collegiate wear, and of course, peruse some books. Plus, you can also find a nice clean restroom, which isn’t always easy on a hike!

The lake trail is one and half miles long, with plenty of benches to rest and enjoy the view. Geese and white swans can be found on the lake.

Walkers will pass the rose garden, planted in a grotto setting. The focal point is a gazebo with white columns topped with a wrought iron dome. This is also a great place to snap photos in warmer months when the roses are blooming.

Another feature to check out is the expansive sustainable garden near the bell tower.

Kids and adults will enjoy one of the most unique features – the Japanese garden. The Asia Garden and koi pond is so authentic, you’d almost feel like you’ve been transported to Asia. Last time I was in the Japanese garden, I saw two black swans. If you enjoy the garden, take a moment and cross the street to climb a few steps to Place of Peace to see a Japanese temple that was dismantled and reconstructed on the Furman campus – the first project of its kind in the United States.

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Furman University is located at 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville. The school website features trail maps and information online at www.furman.edu.

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