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Clemson is a city in Pickens County, in Upcountry South Carolina.

Clemson is a city in Pickens County, in Upcountry South Carolina. Clemson has many appealing qualities. It is a small, college town that has a football and baseball stadium, as well as many other parks and gardens that are fun for students who prefer a quiet and peaceful place to study.  
Population: 13.905

Over the years, Clemson University and the City of Clemson have grown, changed and now are an example of the best combination of old and new living together in harmony, but always with an eye towards the future. 

The City of Clemson is a modern thriving college town with all the quaintness and charm of a historic southern village. It's a dazzling combination that provides something for everyone's interest:

  • Several historical sites - Fort Hill, Ashtabula House and more. 
  • Culture - Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and several community organizations 
  • Museums - Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Central Heritage Museum
  • SC Botanical Gardens 

There are lots of outdoor adventures waiting for you in the Clemson area.


Clemson has a humid subtropical climate characterized by warm, humid summers and cool, dry winters. Precipitation does not vary much throughout the seasons, except for the winter months when precipitation is infrequent. Clemson and the rest of the Upstate of South Carolina generally receives 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) of snow annually.

The CAT bus system is one of the best public transit systems in the entire nation. Several larger cities have come to Clemson to observe the system, which even carries many university students and well-to-do professors to class.

Clemson Area Transit covers many major destinations, including most of the area's hotels/motels, and most major eateries.

For the traveler on a budget, or even those not on a tight budget, the CAT bus system may be the way to go. It covers both the campus as well as surrounding cities, including Anderson, Central, Pendleton and Seneca.

It should also be noted that travelers on the CAT bus going to Anderson can, upon transfer, obtain a fare-free day pass to the Electric City Transit system which serves the city of Anderson.

South Carolina Botanical Garden: The gardens are open year 'round with 295 acres of flowers, plants, garden rooms, structures and trails that provide enjoyment at any time of year.

Issaqueena Forest & Lake: Lake Issaqueena and the forest surrounding it have long offered opportunities for escape and unwinding to students and those who love engaging the great outdoors. The lake, which is not open for boating, promises great bird-watching and fishing. 

Fort Hill: Fort Hill, also known as the John C. Calhoun Mansion and Library, is a National Historic Landmark in South Carolina which was once the home of John C. Calhoun. It is now part of Clemson University.

Central History Museum: A small-town merchant's home is now a local history museum providing a glimpse into the past. The gardens feature unique heritage roses and historic plants and flowers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Blue Ridge Mountains: The Blue Ridge Mountains are noted for having a bluish color when seen from a distance.Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the isoprene released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color.

Duke World of Energy: Area residents consider World of Energy a favorite place to bring visitors. The displays and interactive features help people understand what takes place at a power plant and how energy is created from coal, water and nuclear power.


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