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Budget-friendly Campus Recreation resources for faculty and staff


With summer in full swing and more opportunities for outdoor activities, faculty and staff are encouraged to check out the resources offered by Campus Recreation.

The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex, which includes the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center (Andy’s), which includes the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center (Andy’s), is Clemson’s premier lakefront area with various amenities and can help provide inexpensive outdoor activities for employees and their families.

Various options are available, from onsite watercraft checkout to $25 for a full suspension mountain bike rental. Faculty, staff and students must provide their physical or mobile CUID credentials to gate attendants when entering the Snow Snow Complex and must have a valid parking permit.

Two people check in at a reception desk with two kayaks nearby.
The CORE Program offers a variety of options for outdoor rental equipment.

The Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) program is housed with Andy’s and offers various outdoor equipment for rent, including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, bikes and more. CORE offers free day-use items for use onsite at Lake Hartwell. Campus Recreation staff emphasizes safety when participating in outdoor activities and goes over reviews of any equipment during rental pickup and returns.

The program has also added new mountain bikes, kayaks and paddleboards to its inventory of rental equipment for this year. Employees can access a list of outdoor recreation equipment and budget-friendly rental options through Campus Recreation.

Robert Taylor, director of programs and assessment for Campus Recreation, encourages those to take advantage of the Snow Complex’s spaces and resources.

“The staff at Andy’s can help you get outside and take advantage of all the outdoor recreation opportunities in our area,” Taylor said. “There is so much to explore, from kayaking on Lake Hartwell to mountain biking in the Clemson Forest,” Taylor said.

The Snow Complex has added two new synthetic turf fields: the Reed Softball and Davidson multipurpose fields, allowing additional pickup game opportunities for sports like softball, frisbee, spike ball or other field-based activities. The Snow Complex will also be the host site for the Clemson Triathlon on Saturday, June 22, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event.

An overhead view of the Fike Recreation gym with various workout equipment.
Fike Recreation offers various exercise spaces and options for all employees and students.

For those who might want to exercise inside, Fike Recreation Center is another option for the campus community, with additional spaces, programs and equipment accessible to its members. Campus Recreation membership opportunities are available for full and part-time faculty and staff.

“As a member of Campus Recreation, students, faculty and staff will have access to a diverse selection of recreation facility spaces and programs. In addition to our outdoor recreation offerings at the Snow Complex, Fike Recreation Center has various fitness spaces for strength and cardio training and our popular Group Fitness class offerings and F45 training programs.” 

Campus Recreation continues providing opportunities for the campus community all year. Whether through equipment rentals or exercise classes at Fike, Campus Recreation always seeks to improve recreational experiences for the University community.

“Campus Recreation strives to offer diverse recreation facility spaces and programs to students, faculty and staff. This is a critical component ensuring that our Clemson community maintains a healthy work-life balance and supports the University’s goal of making wellness a top priority.”