Destination guide

Waterfalls, lakes, and forests in Clemson

Nestled in the tree-lined folds of the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is a beautiful place to discover Appalachian heritage and explore the stunning lakes, forests, and mountains of the region. Clemson vacation rentals offer a cozy home base for days spent canoeing or kayaking on a lake, trekking the leaf-strewn hiking trails that meander over the mountains, and taking in a game of tennis at a park. You can taste traditional fried green tomatoes while you decide whether to visit a majestic waterfall cascading over rocks, a fascinating historic site, or check out the spectacular displays of colorful foliage which erupt every fall.

Things to do

Living history in Clemson

Split Creek Farm is a great excursion for the whole family where you can pet baby goats and taste luscious goat milk, cheese, and fudge. Meanwhile, Victoria Valley Vineyards offers wine-tastings in its gorgeous chateau-style winery, while Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folk Life Center is a fascinating place to see a 150-year-old grist mill in operation, and discovering living history displays and learning about traditional crafts, music, and folk life. In spring and summer, you can explore the grounds of a 19th-century plantation at Woodburn, including a slave cabin, carriage house, and historic herb garden.


Outdoor fun in Clemson

Surrounded by sprawling bodies of water and thickly forested hills, Clemson is a draw for lovers of outdoor sports. You could ramble along miles of nature trails and streams at a botanical garden, admiring lavish displays of magnolias, camellias, and wildflowers as you walk, or climb on a horse for an exciting trail ride through the mountains. Local sporting events are a great way to mingle with locals and get swept up in the energy and enthusiasm of home teams. With Clemson vacation rentals, you can enjoy knowing you'll have a private pad to unwind in after expending your energy on big days in the great outdoors.


Ice skating and golf in Clemson

Situated on a vast lake shore, Clemson has a humid subtropical climate with cool, dry winters and warm humid summers. Clemson does get a few inches of snow each year, but mostly it's dry with temperatures ranging between low 30s and low 50s. In winter, there are several public ice rinks open for you to practice your speed and spins, including one in beautiful Nantahala National Forest. The balmy weather of summer makes it ideal for a round of golf, or heading to the cool, refreshing waters of Lake Hartwell for swimming, canoeing, or a quiet day of fishing.

Natural features

Flying squirrels and misty mountains in Clemson

Tucked away in the foothills of the misty Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson sits on the shores of glistening Lake Hartwell. A mere 30 minutes southwest of Greenville, Clemson is also around an hour away from the tree-covered summit of Sassafras Mountain, which becomes a kaleidoscope of color every fall. The miles of lakes and forest also give this region a wealth of animal and marine life. Lake Hartwell is home to myriad species of fish, including bream, trout, and walleye, while the lakeshore abounds with wood ducks, flying squirrels, and wild turkeys.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Clemson

The nearest airport is in Greenville, SC (GSP-Greenville-Spartanburg Intl.), located 38 mi (61.2 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Clemson Station.

Where to stay around Clemson?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 283 vacation rentals near Clemson. From 199 Houses to 20 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Clemson for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Clemson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Clemson. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Clemson University: 532 vacation rentals
  • South Carolina Botanical Gardens: 478 vacation rentals
  • Memorial Stadium: 496 vacation rentals
  • Little John Coliseum: 502 vacation rentals
  • Walker Golf Course: 503 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Clemson listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Clemson?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 199 Houses in Clemson. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Clemson include:

  • Cabins: 20 rentals available
  • Cottages: 20 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 29 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Clemson?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 48 vacation rentals with pool available in Clemson. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.