Walk Jones Wildlife Sanctuary is a five-acre environmental preserve located one mile north of Lake Susan at the end of the paved road to the Graybeard Trail parking area in Montreat. It is centered around a lovely reservoir of fresh water and a small Pavilion with a labyrinth.
A free Prayer Path guide featuring seven mediation stations is available at the Assembly Inn front desk, the general store and bookstore, and to download here.
The sanctuary was created in 1999 and expanded in 2009 by the Jones family, and Sam and Beau Hope, to honor Walk C. Jones, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Conference Center.
It is a favorite spot for a quiet, leisurely walk to enjoy the beauty of wildflowers and pick a few blueberries – or just sit on a bench an ponder the wonder of life.