Children living in the City of Clemson attend the schools of the School District of Pickens County, which is comprised of Clemson Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Edwards Middle School and Daniel High School. Clemson is primarily known as the home of Clemson University, a public university that has a current enrollment of more than 17,000 students. Southern Wesleyan University and Tri-County Technical College are also located in Pickens County. Other nearby colleges and universities within proximity to Clemson include Furman University, Greenville Technical College, Winthrop University, and Wofford College.
Parks & Recreation
The City of Clemson's Parks and Recreation Department maintains a total of ten city parks with facilities including picnic shelters, kiddie playgrounds, nine lighted tennis courts, three lighted softball fields, a hiking and jogging trail, and plenty of green space that encompasses over eighty-five acres of fun. Parks include Clemson Park, Nettles Park, Mountain View Park, Earle Anderson Park, Shanklin-Sams Greenspace, Jaycee Park, Armory Softball Field, Ashley Dearing Park, Rotary (Abel) Park, Old Stone Church, and Larry W. Abernathy Waterfront Park.
Attractions & Points of Local Interest
In addition to being recognized as the home of Clemson University, the City of Clemson is also home to the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Located on the grounds of Clemson University, the Botanical Garden is situated on 295 acres with dedicated pathways and nature trails, woodlands, streams and trial gardens, in addition to the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Fran Hanson Discovery Center. The historic Hanover House, an early 18th century home that was built in the South Carolina Low Country, can also be found here.
Perfect for geologists of all ages, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum includes a collection of over 10,000 rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils. The Museum offers classes and programs for visiting classrooms, jewelry making classes, guided nature tours, and even fossil-collecting trips.
First built as "The Wren House" in 1998, the Fran Hanson Discovery Center serves as a museum that showcases a number of works of art, antique furniture, and décor from local artists' shops. The Discovery Center even has its own Nature Discovery Room replete with exhibits and documents on plants and insects, microscopes, and reference books.
Clemson is also the home of several historic buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to Hanover House, other sites of historic interest include Clemson College Sheep Barn, Clemson University Historic District I and II, Fort Hill, Old Stone Church and Cemetery, and J.C. Stribling Barn.
Fishing enthusiasts will want to visit Lake Hartwell, a reservoir that borders South Carolina and Georgia along the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers. In 2008, residents of Clemson got to take part in the 2008 Bassmasters Classic, a fishing competition held on a yearly basis at a mystery lake where only the best anglers give it their all in this catch and release bass fishing competition. For the recreational fisherman, bream, catfish, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass are the naturally occurring species of fish that live in the lake.