Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Clemson tree house offers fun camping experience

Posted 9/6/2012 12:34:00 PM

The air is cooling off and the leaves will soon be turning brilliant red, gold and yellow -- that’s prime camping season in South Carolina. Clemson University’s Outdoor Lab has the perfect location for your next family camping trip. How does spending the night in a tree house sound?

The Eagle’s Nest is a two-story tree house located in the woods of the Outdoor Lab in Pendleton. The upstairs of the wooden tree house is screened in to keep out critters, and it can sleep up to 12 people. The downstairs serves as a great covered shelter area. There’s running water, a fire pit and an outhouse close by. The tree house is located about five miles from the Clemson University campus and is close to Lake Hartwell.

During the summer the grounds of the Outdoor Lab are home to residential camps for children, youth and adults including Jaycee Camp Hope, Camp Sertoma and Camp Lions Den, but in the off season, they rent out the facilities. The tree house is perfect for Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups, family camping excursions and even slumber parties.

You can rent The Eagle’s nest for $50 a night plus tax by calling (864) 646-7502 or by emailing the Outdoor Lab at reservations-l@clemson.edu. The outdoor lab also has suites, cabins, and larger meeting facilities for rent. Visit their website for additional information.