Date of Stay: March, 2016
This is a large, county run campground. There are lots of activities whether you're a camper or not. There is a large boat launch into the saltwater river. We saw lots of groups of people in the many pavilions scattered around. In the center of the campground is a large spring fed, freshwater lake with many adjoining canals that make for a great canoe/fishing trip; one one end is a large swimming area. Additionally, there are many long, well maintained trails for running, hiking or biking. Be sure to get a map at the front desk. The sites are large, sandy, mostly flat with concrete pads. There is vegetation between each site so you don't feel quite so close. They have full hookups, cable and wifi. Accessing my Verizon service I had 2 bars. There were lots of no-see-ums and mosquitos (at no extra charge). The water taste was fine. While the showers were clean and had hot water, they need hooks in the shower stalls to hang clothes and towels along with some place to hold shampoo and rinse. The drain in my shower was clogged up. This campground is close to food, fuel (2 miles) and fun at Jekyll Island. The rangers constantly patrolled. We will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
This is probably our sixth visit to Edisto and was not the best. We got there after a big storm but it took them a couple of days to get some of the roads patched with gravel (piles of gravel were already there). The site we were in (54) was not level. It wouldn't take much to level the site out. Normally they have volunteers who clean the campsites up when people leave (we're paying $50/night and they still rely on volunteers?), and they do a great job. When there are no volunteers, the campsites are not cleaned as we found out. Someone in the site across from us departed and left a bag of trash and a bunch of other stuff in the fire pit (you have to pass the trash containers on the way out), so since there were no volunteers, the trash sat there for 2 days and when the next occupant got to the site they told the rangers and they sent someone to clean it up. Why can't the ranger or any of the workers that passed the site daily pick it up? They installed wi-fi at the 2 bathrooms. The only problem is that they have a very limited range (like right around the bathroom). This is a great idea, but they need a more powerful transmitter/receiver. Hopefully the next trip in the spring will be better.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This is a small state park. It only has 25 campsites. We found the restrooms were clean as well as the showers. There is a small lake of about 100 acres that's great for boating and fishing. There are hiking trails around the lake and there are several playgrounds for children. The campsites were well-maintained. The roads were hard packed sand and gravel as were the camping pads. Some of the pads were not level but we're advertised as being level. OTA TV had spotty reception, but Verizon data was 3-4 bars. A nice state park just to get away to and get some quiet time, we'll be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Manatee Springs is absolutely beautiful. A first magnitude spring with crystal clear water at a constant 72 degrees. We didn't see any Manatees because they are out in other rivers for the season but should be back in Nov-Dec for the warmer spring water. Anyway, you can swim and canoe/kayak in the beautiful water. There is a nice concession at the spring where you can rent canoes and kayaks. Lots of food there also. The campsites were large (we were in #90) with smooth, flat hard sand. The access road is also sand and in pretty good shape. A lot of overhead cover which is good to block out the sun but bad for satellite receivers. Good water and 30 amp power. The showers were clean with lots of hot water. The shower configurations (men's) was a bit awkward with no portioned off changing areas, only a curtain into the shower. Lots of trails for hiking but I also found lots of ticks on myself and my wife even after applying bug spray. The deer come right up to your campsite for handouts which is kind of a shame as they get dependent on handouts rather getting their own food in the wild. We had 1-2 bars of Verizon data and 4 channels of over the air (OTA) TV. There is a small general store just out the front gate. We will be back in the winter when the manatees are back.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We camped here during the week and there were very few people in the campsites. The campsites are all flat (unpaved) with a paved access road. The sites are large with lots of spacing between sites. Where we were located (14) there was cable at our site and surrounding sites in addition to water and 30 amp power. Lots of pine trees but a very wide open feeling. There are lots of nice trails for hiking, putt-putt golf, boat launch and fishing areas. The bath houses were clean, with lots of hot water. There was a washer-dryer but they were out of order. The check in was easy, but the one drawback I would offer is that you cannot make reservations for particular sites. Over the air TV got 8 channels from Jacksonville, Verizon LTE had 4 bars. This is a very nice, clean park that we we'll be coming back to.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
As we have found with most all SC State Parks, Lake Greenwood is clean, well run, and is good value for the fees they charge. Most of the sites are right on the lake and provide easy access for power boats or pontoon boats to dock right at your campsite. There is quite a bit of boat traffic in the main channel, but we were located in a cove so saw/heard little of that. We took our kayak and found small, quiet coves with lots of wildlife. The water was clear and very warm (September). The sites and roads are all paved and in good shape. There were extra vehicles in many of the sites, since some people towed their camper and another vehicle towed a boat. There was a constant ranger presence, but they never seemed to hear the incessantly barking dogs. The bathrooms and showers appeared to be freshly painted and were very clean. Reception on Verizon data was 2-3 bars and OTA TV was 10 channels. There are hiking trails throughout the park and limited areas to ride bikes except on the park roads. On exit, there are 2 dump sites about 500 yards apart. Not far from the park is the Ninety Six Historic Site. We will be back for a return visit.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We had been recommended this campground and came to investigate. It is a large campground that sits about 800 feet from the beach (the beaches were beautiful!). There are 2 beach accesses from the campground. The main loop roads are paved and well maintained. The sites are gravel but hard packed, flat and well maintained. One thing we noticed was that the electrical and water services are not always in the back right side. They are on the right but some are in the middle so you can't back all the way in. Almost every site was taken when we were there but everyone was real nice, vehicles drove slowly, and there was no noise. There is a great bike path up by the entrance road (US-17) that you can take up to restaurants and a great seafood market in Murrells Inlet. There is a nature center, wildlife viewing platforms and daily nature programs June-August in the park as well. The restrooms were fairly clean, but I noticed the showers had a good deal of mildew. The restrooms are kind of dated with a lot of maintenance done and you would think with the amount of money that they make they could update them. Verizon voice and data was 3 bars. OTA TV received channels from Myrtle Beach and Charleston. A very nice campground, and we will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: February, 2014
We camped here in February, so the rate is less than peak season. Another SC campground built by the CCC. Lots of outdoor activities. There are 2 lakes, with the campground on one, and rental cabins (19) on the other. Many boats to rent on both lakes for fishing and a swimming area with diving dock on one lake. Lots of well maintained hiking trails. They are building a nice parking area for access to the Foothills Trailhead (a 76 mile trail through northern SC). The roads through the campground were well maintained with gravel, and one section is fully paved. Received Verizon data 2 bars LTE, good cell phone reception, and 10 channels OTA TV. The bathrooms are old but well maintained and clean with lots of hot water. The only issue I had was with the dump site. The opening was a very large diameter pipe with a screen to keep large debris out. The 'standard' dump hose just rests on top of this screen and when the camper valve is opened, things get messy real fast. It is totally different than any other dump site I've seen. This is highly unsanitary and needs to be fixed.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
We stayed 4 days at Lake Robertson campground. To make reservations, you must call, then send 1 night's deposit by check. No credit cards accepted at the park. It is an attractive campground that is clean and well kept. The bathhouse was clean with plenty of hot water. There is also a laundry room with deep sink. The rangers and camp host were very friendly and helpful. The gravel roads are well kept and the pads are about as level as I've seen. There is a large swimming pool, and lots of trails throughout the park, most around a mile long. There is one that goes around the edge of the lake with benches at fishing areas and lots of trash cans that keeps things clean. The lake has fishing and boats can be rented (no motors). The biggest problem I have with the park is the condition of the lake. The lake is spring fed and crystal clear, but with large algae blooms and lots of submerged plants that extend from the lake bottom to the surface from about the 10’ depth to the shore. With all of the plants, there is no way to fish from the shore. You must rent a boat to go into the middle of the lake if you hope to catch anything. Received no OTA TV signals. Phone service was OK with only 2 bars on Verizon data service.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed here for 2 nights in the lakeside loop (there are 2 campgrounds). It appeared that all of the water and electrical services had been recently upgraded. Our site was fairly level with a view of the lake (about a 150 yard walk down to the lake). The park has an extensive trail system that is well marked. Many of the trails are used by hikers and horses so the trails can be pretty messy when the ground is soft after a rainstorm. There are also many bike trails as well. For fishing, there are about 10 flat-bottom boats that can be rented. They also rent canoes and kayaks. There is a large equestrian presence at the campground with an equestrian show ring, stables and large parking areas. The grounds are well kept and the bathrooms are clean and have good hot water supplies. As far as reception, the OTA TV received about 10 channels. The Verizon data reception was poor with 1 bar, and phone service was OK.The rangers and camp hosts were friendly and helpful. We'll be back in the fall to sample more trails.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Spent one night here - mainly to check it out for kayaking at a later date. It's a small campground; but each site is shielded with vegetation, so it is somewhat private. Sites are flat. It's about 1/4 mile from the campground down to the river. River is slow flowing and should make for good kayaking; except for the monster horse flies and mosquitos. The dog had enough of the horse flies while in the river and just ran back to the campground. There is a limited amount of trail hiking (only one trail). Noticed lots of trash around. One reason may be that there are no containers for day-trippers, only one by the front gate. Restrooms were clean and stocked. One TV channel, one bar on Verizon data, and sporadic cell reception.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We only stayed here for one night. The cost for 1 night is $28, but when you check in they want another $5 for the park fee. Kind of a strange arrangement as I have not seen this elsewhere, where the fee covers the park admittance. Anyway, it would have been nice to have more time here because the park staff puts together a lot of events at the fort. The campground is at the end of a mile long causeway. There are 4 hosts. We met 2 of them and they were extremely friendly and helpful. As we pulled into our spot, there was a raccoon in the next spot, but he was one of many we saw. There were also a lot of deer roaming around. We had not seen this much wildlife in a campground before. Make sure you don't leave any food outside that you don't want the critters to get. The reservations are not site specific so you may end up driving around the loops a couple of times looking for a spot. A big rig and a toad would probably want to un-hook and drive the toad through to scout a spot. The bath house was fairly new(with washer/dryer) and was very clean. Verizon data reception was 3 bars. Received 15 channels on the TV. Would like to come back to see more of what the park has to offer.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
We had such a good time at this park. It is on Lake Jocassee which is just beautiful. The water was crystal clear. We had a kayak and took it out every day. The access from the campground to the lake was very easy. There are a couple of trails each about 2 miles long. You can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boats right next to the campground. There are convenient beaches for swimming also. There are organized tours of the waterfalls in the northern part of the lake, but they are kind of pricey. The campground was well maintained and while we were there, they were cutting dead trees away. The roads and pads are all paved. There are large tent pads at each site. The bathrooms were cleaned each morning, and the showers had plenty of hot water. Had 3 bars on Verizon and the data never dropped. Picked up 7 channels on the TV (standard antenna).
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We camped in the beach campground. The entrance/check is on the left, across from a Piggly Wiggly grocery store (very convenient even walking). All campground roads are gravel and if not kept up could be full of ruts and pot holes, but in our recent stay, it was in great shape. There are 74 sites in this campground and another 51 in the live oak campground about 1 mile inland. The beach campground has an assortment of sunny/shady/partial shade campsites. During our recent 3 day stay we noticed the ranger was constantly driving around and the cleanup personnel were taking care of dropped palm fronds and cleaning each site as it was vacated. The restrooms were clean, heated, and with lots of hot water in the showers. Very easy beach access from any campsite. Lots of very friendly people during our stay. Lots of large dogs and for what we could tell, all were well behaved. Had 3 bars on my Verizon data access on my iPad. The RV dump site is not at either campground. As you leave Edisto Beach driving inland, the dump is 100 yds past the live oak campground on the right. This is a very popular campground so you must plan early, but it is well worth it. We look forward to our next visit.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
What a great park. This is another one of the CCC parks that was built in SC in the 1940's. Only 25 sites but they were all level with a few that had large pine trees in the middle. Lots of large pine trees throughout and very quiet, There are a couple of spring-fed crystal clear ponds that you can access via a short hike from the campground, or another pond about 3/4 mile away that is also great for fishing and picnicking. When it is warmer we will go back for the canoe rentals on the Edisto River. Lots of trails throughout the park. The bath houses had been freshly painted, very clean and warm (it was 25 deg when we were there). The rangers were very nice and helpful. The road in the campground could be tight for any long rigs. We could access Verizon on our iPad with 2-3 bars.