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Tree Houses on the Edisto

Paddle down the Blackwater Edisto River to a private tree house.

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Canoe the best of South Carolina


Paddle about 13 miles down the cypress-lined, Blackwater Edisto River to a private tree house nestled in the woods along the riverbank. Relax in a rope hammock or on the dining deck, complete with an outdoor grill for cooking dinner, and fall asleep to the woodland lullaby of rustling trees, croaking frogs and hooting owls. Wake the next day to the sounds of morning wildlife song and chatter and prepare breakfast on the small gas stove before continuing down river.

Provided by Carolina Heritage Outfitters, this unique adventure attracts an array of outdoors enthusiasts, including couples, groups, and families from around the nation and abroad. Family travelers should note that, in the interest of safety, children should be ages 11 or older to stay in the tree houses, although the company is working on creating a safe tree house environment for younger children. The leisurely 23 mile trip is divided into about 13 miles on day one from the put-in to the tree houses and 10 miles on day two to the end of the trip at the Refuge Outpost. While most visitors choose to stay one night, additional overnights can be arranged. 

Treehouse Pricing

Small Treehouse

Sleeps 2-3 people. Features a dual elevated platform-deck. This is the coziest of the 3.

Medium Treehouse

Sleeps 3-6 people. Features the over-under layout and a larger indoor cooking area and sleeping space.

Large Treehouse

Sleeps 5-8 people. The roomiest treehouse featuring an expanded kitchen area and the most sleeping space.

Treehouse Prices: 

Sunday through Friday: $170 per person, $140 Child

Saturday: $190 per person, $170 child

Night Two: $100 per person , $80 Child

Night Three: $80 per person, $60 Child

About the Edisto Treehouses

Three rustic and secluded treehouses, located within the private 150-acre Edisto River Refuge, sleep up to four, six or eight people and are available March 1st through the end of November. The treehouses are situated out of sight of each other around the edges of a quiet river peninsula, bordered by a creek at the neck creating almost an island. There is no electricity or running water. Outhouse facilities are located near each unit.   

Each treehouse features:

  •  A small kitchen area with a table and chairs, propane stove, pots and pans, plates and utensils
  • A dining deck with an outdoor gas grill
  • A screened sleeping loft with one or two futon mattresses depending on the size of the unit
  • Futons on the main level that fold out to accommodate an additional sleeping area
  • Rechargeable lanterns
  • A swinging rope hammock
  • A few games such as dominoes and playing cards

Visitors pack and transport their own food supplies for all meals. Other items to bring include sleeping bags, pillowcases, and towels. Carolina Heritage Outfitters provides a list of other suggested items to pack for your adventure.

Location of Carolina Heritage Outfitters

Canadys, South Carolina – 3 miles from Exit 68 on I-95, approximately 90 minutes from Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. The Carolina Heritage Outfitters Outpost is on US Route 15, about one mile north of the State Highway 61 intersection.

Day Trips Are Available

Don’t want to spend the night? No problem. We offer day trips with canoe or kayak rentals available. This option is $40 per person.

Your fully outfitted day trip includes:

  • Canoe
  • Paddles
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Safety Orientation
  • Transportation to the launch site
  • Secure parking
  • Our most popular canoe rental is a 10-mile day trip. You meet us at our outpost on Hwy 15 and we shuttle you upriver 10 miles.  You end your trip back at your car. This can take anywhere from 3-4 hours to all day, if you have relaxation down to an art.

    If you plan to be out 2 or more days and prefer primitive camping to staying in the treehouses, we launch you further upriver, typically for a 23-miles overnight.  When water is low there is sand bank camping along the river.  We also offer primitive woods camping on our refuge. 

    Please call ahead to reserve canoes to ensure that boats are available and that one of us is present at the outpost, not wandering around somewhere in the woods. 

If guests provides there own canoe or kayak: $35


Contact Carolina Heritage Outfitters


Address: 1 Livery Lane, St. George, SC 29477 

Phone: (843) 563-5051


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