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
- Off-the-grid camping experience
- Wildlife refuge
- Water Sports
After reading all the glowing reviews and looking at all the pictures, my husband and I decided to book a two night stay at the Treehouse #1. Since we are not locals, Chris generously loaned us a cooler, dry bag, a sheet and pillowcases. Fortunately, we have both had experience canoeing and found the river easy to navigate and very peaceful. When we arrived at Treehouse #1 we were greeted by discarded food and trash at the base of the stairs. Upon entering the treehouse and checking out the loft, where we had hoped to sleep, we saw that the carpet was covered in debris and piles of some kind of insect dropping. The outhouse we shared with Treehouse #3 had no hand sanitzer and the hand sanitizer in our treehouse was empty as well. It was clear the treehouses hadn't been checked on or cleaned in quite sometime. The day we paddled out, no one met us. We hauled out our canoe, cleaned it and inverted it alongside all the others. This kind of honor system seems charming, but I still think it would be nice to be greeted by someone and asked how our stay went.
I think this is such a unique experience. I hope the new owner will spend more time maintaining the basics.
by Melody C
There are few trips that I take where I think to myself, I'd like to do that all over again, but this is one of them. Three friends and I caught up while canoeing down the river and really enjoyed our stay. The fall is a great time because the bugs aren't bad and it's not too hot or too cold. We even picked up some friends who took the train in a little north of Edisto. Everything was easy and smooth with booking and getting dropped off at the start of the trip. The propane stove allowed us to cook a hot meal and enjoy hot cider. We didn't bring enough sleeping bags, but the outfitters helped us by sending a few extras with us. Great time. I highly recommend.