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TimeOutside: Clemson City Parks

Corey Glenn
The lake shore of Mountain View Park is perfect for a variety of uses, including dog walking, picnicking and fishing.

Often we in the outdoors space focus on big impressive parks that may be an hour away, but most days we interact with nature in a far more convenient way: our local parks. And Clemson has some fantastic city parks.

Abernathy Park

Abernathy Park is a great spot to get on the lakeshore. Featuring several miles of waterfront boardwalks and paved paths, this is an ideal spot for an evening run, stroll or a spot to cast a rod. 

With the entrance through Jaycee Park just a 10-minute walk from campus through downtown, this tucked-away treasure makes a great lakeside alternative to the Dikes.

Mountain View Park

If you’re looking for a more primitive experience, look no further than Mountain View Park. This park on a spit into Lake Hartwell on the north side of Clemson is a quick walk for those living north of the railroad tracks along Calhoun Street and a quick drive for anyone else. 

The former Army Corps recreation area features a small boat ramp, disc golf course and a one-mile lakeside walking and biking trail through the woods. It also has 3 ⁄ 4 of a mile of undeveloped natural lakeside beaches, perfect for stringing up a hammock or for a sunset stroll.

Clemson Park

Just about two miles from campus down the new Green Crescent trail lies Clemson Park, next to the community garden. It features a bicycle pump track, the first in the Upstate, and a skate park is being planned for the park. 

To get there go to Gateway Park by the East Park & Ride, then backroad it through the neighborhood until you hit the trail along Frontage Road.

Nettles Park

Undoubtedly Clemson’s marquee park is Nettles Park. Tucked back on Issaqueena Trail, it is primarily known for its many athletic fields and tennis courts. However, it also shares a network of paths, boardwalks and trails with Patrick Square. The paths run along 18 Mile Creek and around a large pond and make for a great place to run laps and get some scenery.

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