by Amanda Norcross
Half the fun of a stay at Edisto River Treehouses is getting there! You have to canoe or kayak your way to this treehouse hotel in Canadys, South Carolina. There’s a treehouse for up to six guests and another one for up to eight people, so families have some great options here.
Each treehouse is privately nestled along the river’s edge for total seclusion. All have kitchenettes with propane stove tops (and outside, propane grills), but there is no electricity here. Each unit has an outhouse. This is camping at its best!
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- Treehouses accessed by boat
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- Wildlife refuge
- Water Sports
This was my second trip to the Large treehouse, and this time I brought along the grandmother and child, in addition to the wife. Both times have been just great. You spend 3-4 hours on the river, which is plenty. The water is clean and cool, great for swimming. Few bugs, several birds.
The large treehouse is plenty big, easily sleeping 4. The gas stoves indoor and outside worked great to make steaks for dinner and coffee in the morning. It's quiet and peaceful, with a little babbling brook to help you go to sleep at night.
Have only spent the one night there, honestly thinking about spending two nights so that you can just relax and read a book, go exploring, chill. The 11 am departure time comes quicker than you think, especially when you have to pack up everything back into the canoe.
Low risk of tipping over canoe, but I recommend dry bags for all your stuff. I also brought along a waterproof speaker for music, and a big usb battery pack to power a usb fan at night (middle of the summer is still hot at night). Bring sunscreen as most of the time on the river, you are in the sun. Plates, utensils, french press are all included. Large treehouse is hard to find, it's quite a bit down river of the first two, look for the life preserver in the tree, it's there!
So many details to share!! First, the logistics. We arrived at the outpost where we were transported up river to embark on our trip. We are a family of five so we needed two canoes and one kayak. We set out with all our gear in backpacks inside plastic bags to keep our bedding and food dry. We paddled 10 miles down river to our tree house. There are three tree houses; however, each tree house is private and not in view of the others. The river was particularly high so we paddled right up to the stairs. We actually had to walk through water to get from the stairs to the grilling deck under the tree house. But, that just added to the novelty of the whole situation. It was truly like we were on a houseboat, not a tree house. We all enjoyed floating in the creek that ran around the tree house. The interior of the tree house was comfortably equipped with two futons and mattresses in the loft. Plenty of space to spread out and be comfortable. This is camping, so no power or running water. But, the hosts provide torches and little oil candles. On the grilling deck, there is a propane grill that made meal preparation super easy. There is also an outhouse located nearby. Even though there was no AC (remember this is camping), we were never hot. The location in the trees catches a breeze. On day two, it is another 10 mile paddle further down river to the outpost. The whole trip is down river so this is not strenuous paddling.