Visiting the Garden

NOTICE: The South Carolina Botanical Garden will be opening to visitors for TRAIL USE ONLY.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) will be opening the trails and outdoor exhibits to the general public beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The hours of operation during the first phase of our opening will be 9:00 AM till sunset until further notice. Guests are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by SCDHEC, the CDC and Clemson University. SCBG staff and the Clemson University Police Department will be monitoring the visitation to ensure that we are operating at a reduced capacity and visitors are in compliance at this time. Park only in spaces that are open, not in spaces that have traffic cones. Do not remove or otherwise disrupt cones that have been placed in parking spaces. If the SCBG reaches its capacity the gates will be closed until spaces become available. We are limiting parking to half of the designated spaces and parking areas will be available at the caboose parking lot on the left after entering the main entrance gate and the parking lot downhill from the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and SCBG Visitors Center. All Visitor facilities will remain closed at this time (The SCBG Visitors Center, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Hayden Conference Center and Hanover House, and all public restrooms). The picnic area will remain closed until further notice.

Botanical Garden Drive will be open from the main entrance gate off Perimeter Rd. to the large parking lot below the Bob Campbell Geology Museum. The drive through the Arboretum to the Hanover House and Hayden Conference Center will be closed to vehicular traffic and there will be no parking in those locations. The SCBG will be operating with only horticultural grounds staff present. Please do not approach or interact with staff you might see in the garden, they are not visitor services representatives.

If you need emergency assistance during your visit, please call the Clemson University Police Department at: 864-656-2222. There will be no Visitor Services staff to assist you at the SCBG.

Things to remember when visiting the SCBG

  • Stay home if you are sick or think you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
  • There are NO PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES OPEN - please time your visit wisely.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soap and water are not available on site.
  • There will be no water fountains or other potable water available.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors that are not members of your household. Do not congregate with other families or visitors and do not approach others during your visit. Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.
  • ALL DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH AND RESTRICTED TO TRAILS WHERE THEY ARE PERMITTED. Do not allow your pets approach other visitors.
  • There are no picnic facilities open at the SCBG.
  • Stay on designated trails during your visit.
  • Contact the Clemson University Police Department or call (911) if you have an emergency (864-656-2222).

Additional information and updates on Clemson University’s response and policy, can be found at


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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