In the small, charming town of Rome, Georgia, visitors will find a historic street that is the meeting place of three rivers—and the location of the only labyrinth within 50 miles. In the 1930s, the site began as an erosion control pond developed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Folk artists later used the location to read poetry and play music throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Later, Ed Baker worked with the local government of Rome to establish the area as a labyrinth in the historic Jackson Hill area. It was constructed with over 5,000 bricks—laid end-to-end for over a mile. The entire labyrinth weighs a total of 24,705 pounds.
The labyrinth’s purpose is not to confuse, but to help visitors meditate and focus. Just follow along the path, climb the different levels, and reach the center. According to the sign, visitors will, “turn toward the center many times and then away again, not unlike a sailboat tacking against the wind. Have faith that the path will take you to the destination and enjoy the journey.”
Know Before You Go
Go over the hill behind the Rome Welcome Center and you'll find the labyrinth. There's ample grave and street parking for free. You can also find the labyrinth by walking the Jackson Hill Trail.