Visiting the Garden

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a place where nature and culture meet.  Explore display gardens, hike nature trails, visit the Geology Museum, peruse the Art Gallery or just relax and enjoy the 295 acres of natural beauty.

Hours and Parking

The Garden is open every day, dawn to dusk, free of charge. More specifically, the Garden grounds are open for visitation from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from March through October and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. from November through February. Parking is free, too, and is very plentiful in the main parking lot, which is located just below the Bob Campbell Geology Museum. The parking lot is large enough to accommodate buses and RVs. Large groups that plan to begin their visit near the front of the garden (i.e., by the caboose) are encouraged to drop off their passengers and then park their buses below the geology museum, as only two bus parking spots are available in the front parking lot, and buses and RVs are not allowed in car spaces.

The gated entrance to the Garden is effectively open from sunup to dundown, while the secondary entrance off Perimeter Road is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. At all other times, the secondary gate is closed (including university holidays). Therefore, the main entrance should be used when the secondary entrance is closed off. Once the secondary gate is locked, to leave the Hayden Conference Center/Hanover House area, vehicles will have to travel through the Schoenike Arboretum and leave through the main entrance gate.

The Fran Hanson Discovery Center (the Visitor's Center) and the Fuller Art Galleries are open every day, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.

The Bob Campbell Geology Museum is open every day, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.

The Discovery Center and the Museum are closed on Clemson University holidays. Also, please, note that hours may vary during the last two weeks of December and the first week of January.

Garden Etiquette

Enjoy your visit and please observe the following rules:

  • stay on paths and turf areas
  • park in provided parking lots and pull-offs only. Parking on turf or in planted spaces is strictly prohibited
  • do not pick, collect, or damage any plants or landscape materials
  • keep food and drink in designated picnic areas
  • dogs on leashes are welcome on all trails with the exception of the Natural Heritage Trail - please keep dogs on the trail and clean up after them put all garbage in trash or recycling bins, as appropriate
  • please observe Garden speed limit
  • no skateboards or rollerblades allowed
  • bicycles allowed on paved surfaces only

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-guided visit, you can spend an entire day or an hour exploring gardens, discovering plants or experiencing the natural world. Programs are available for adults and for school/children's groups. Garden staff can help customize your tour to include visits to the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Fran Hanson Visitor's Center & Art Gallery and specific areas of the Botanical Garden.  

     SCBG Educational Programs

      SCBG Adult Tours

     Geology Museum Tours

     Experimental Forest Education

     Experimental Forest Recreation

The Garden is always seeking new volunteer tour guides. Share your love of nature with others and help support the Garden! For more information, visit our volunteer page.

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