The campground at JICP is only one small part of a wonderful facility. We have camped here twice in the past 3 years and will return again. All the attractions for Charleston are less than 4 miles away. Now for the not so pretty side. The traffic between the campground and Charleston can be brutal. Rush hours are a nightmare. Try to plan your arrival before 2 or 3 PM if possible. Store is well stocked and bathhouses are clean but dated. The gravel sites are are heavily wooded and spacious and most drain well. If you like to bike or walk on paved trails this is the place. This is a very well managed very well cared for facility. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Well run county park with excellent access to downtown Charleston 25 minutes away. We used a block on each front wheel in addition to the leveling jacks to level our rig. Utilities worked well. Wifi was so weak we could not use. Verizon mifi and cell worked well. Sites are well spaced and ours had some privacy, but not all do. Be aware that there are some "buddy sites" that are very close together. These are to be avoided unless you like camping close to a buddy. Park is a little worn around the edges, and there is some significant puddling and water on roads when it rains. Quiet most of the time, especially after 9:00 p.m. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful setting and park. Gravel/grass sites easy to level with jacks. Good WiFi, We asked for site to receive Direct tv and we got it. Friendly staff and overall well kept. Gates locked at night but PW is given to open gate for after 8 pm reentry. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very well kept park. I have stayed twice. Big rig friendly and easy to drive. Staff keeps day visitors in check. Although I was given an access code for the gate, it was left open all night, every night, which was a bit disconcerting. High price and a too early checkout time make this a short stay park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall, this is a GREAT campground! One of our favorites, as we have been here several other times. Check-in would have been a little easier however the guy behind the counter could not comprehend that my brother and I booked our sites together and I wanted to pay for my site separately and my brother pay for his. The guy seemed to go into shutdown mode when he became frustrated. Finally, I paid for both sites and worked it out later with my brother. The sites were reserved a year in advance. During that time the park increased their rates, which they charged us the new rate, not the rate the sites were booked at. The campground does have a store and is well stocked when compared to most. They do offer propane, firewood for $6/bundle, and bike rental. There is a grocery store not far from campground should you forget something. The park does have entertainment on select weekends and a pancake breakfast on Sunday mornings. The interior roads of the campground are all paved and easy to navigate even for big rigs. Each site is packed gravel. Our site, 25, did have standing water during rain and remained wet after. Most all of the sites are level and easy to back into. The bath houses was very clean and well stocked each time I visited. Wi-Fi is available but at times I was unable to get on. AT&T and 4G are usable with 1 - 2 bars. There is a water park and splash pad, both open to the public and can get a little crowded on the weekends. If you camp, discount tickets are available at the office. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great website where you can view a picture of each campsite and choose your site when you make your reservation. We chose site 17 which backs up to a pond and it was a great site. The sites are large, shady and for the most part private. If you are camping with a friend, they have several sites next to each other that connect. Closest park to downtown Charleston. Great amenities such as hiking trails, water park and dog park. Close to Folly Beach and about 20 minutes away from Kiawiah Island Park where they have an off-leash dog beach with free admission for campground guests. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our second-favorite campground. Spacious, tree-shaded campsites, which we really appreciated. This campground is convenient to Charleston and Folly Beach. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
*** PLEASE NOTE THIS FIRST PART: If you drive a bigger rig be careful if you are heading towards Charleston on Maybank/Hwy 700 (per the campground directions). The right turn from Marybank Hwy onto Riverland Dr is SHOCKINGLY TIGHT. I can't believe the campground directs people this way. The curb is all broken up from people going up and over the curb so damaging a tire is not out of the question. The light pole also has high and low scrapes on it so some people have even hitting the telephone pole. This is a VERY DANGEROUS turn so if you can find another way, please do. The campground is very nice. Lots of open space areas, trees, and bike trails. Convenient to everything. Staff is friendly. Wifi was okay to decent most of the time, but we did have to call a few times during rain and tell them to reset their wifi (each time it did work and the wifi came back on). They didn't always believe me that the reset would fix it, but it worked each time. They need to get this problem figured out. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While touring Charleston this is a great campground to stay at! All sites have full hookups and the bathrooms were clean. The left half of the park has more private sites and has several pull-throughs for large motorhomes. All sites were level and the volunteers do a great job making you feel welcome. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was our second stay at this campground. It is in a great location to visit Charleston. The roads in the campground are in good shape. The one thing I do not like about this campground is the poor drainage in the sites. We stayed at sites 47 and 49. I think that there much better sites but they book up. Mosquitoes are bad and I find them to be worse here than at beach campgrounds. One nice thing about this campground is the huge dog play area! So much fun for our dogs. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park for visiting the Charleston area. A lot of trees could use some trimming and may make some spots tight for big rigs. We were unable to pick up satellite TV through the trees from our site but it was nice with a shaded area to park or chairs in the afternoon. We enjoyed the biking and walking trails in the park. A short drive into all that Charleston has to offer. We will come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For our taste, this was a very nice Park to stay at and would definitely come back here. Unfortunately we stayed here during the worst winter in History so really could completely enjoy the Park. The sites are packed gravel, quite large, and very easy to back into. All the sites are at a 45. Leveling was easy with only a block under each wheel required. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They have over 3 miles of paved walking and biking trails, and the largest dog park we have every seen. There are lots of things to do especially during the summer. It is very close to downtown Charleston and various sites.Rate reflects a seasonal discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This used to be one of my favorite campgrounds, but it is starting to see a little age. It really needs a good tree trimming. First the great things about the park. 1. It is a very close to Charleston. 2. Large sites and friendly staff especially campground hosts. 3. The campground is in a large park with lots of bike riding trails and a GREAT dog park. 4. Wi-Fi that works most of the time. Now for the things that need work: 1. Most sites have gotten way out of level. 2. The park floods with any moderate/heavy rain and with a lot of electrical boxes you are standing in water to plug in or unplug. 3. Hardly any sites get Direct TV on a dome unless you drag a dish because of the heavy canopy of trees. (Really need to trim because tall motorhomes and 5th wheels brush the trees and bushes.) 4. Interior roads have large pot holes. 5. This campground used to be very clean, but now there is trash/cut down branches scattered around the park. Just looks messy. 6. Electric power is weak at times. I have been coming here for years, and I have just seen a decline in this campground. I hope they take care of it and make it nice once again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a gem IF you get the right site. The booking arrangements could be more centralized so a popup doesn't get an overly large site while a big rig is backed into something very tight. The park is great otherwise and visiting during the Festival of Lights is recommended - a great show. We will camp here whenever in the area and fingers crossed we get a larger site next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I didn't know about the "big" Christmas lights event at this park when I went to reserve a spot. This place fills up; reserve it now if you even think you want to stay (and you do). The park itself has several nice walk/run trails. The Christmas light show was spectacular and you can walk to it from your site. Be aware, the campground is in back of this park and if you drove hard and long on arrival day, you'll be in a long slow line of cars that are there to enjoy the lights before you can get to your camp site. Plan accordingly. We were moved to 3 different spots while here and none were difficult to get to with our 30' Class C. If they don't have a spot for you, feel good about their overflow lot; it was very big and very few RV's were there. It was not the rally style camping that I had imagined. (By time we got to SC we ended up with 3 actual camp sites so never actually stayed in overflow lot). The store was well equipped, staff was friendly and helpful. We never used showers or restrooms so can't comment. Wireless was decent at each site we parked in. Very pretty campground. I recommend seeing Boone Plantation while you're here (a bit of a drive). We also recommend oldcharlestontours.com; we took two of the tours. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This expansive county park has wooded campsites, most with full hook-ups. Sites are spaced well, bathhouses have tiled showers, and laundry facilities are cleaned in the morning. Four plus miles of paved bicycle/walking trails lead through the park with a recreational lake and fishing pier. There are kayak and pedal boat rentals, a dog park, and water park during summer. Once daily shuttle service ($10 r/t) to downtown Charleston or Folly Beach fishing pier is the best amenity. There is good Wi-Fi throughout the campground, although internet access sometimes drops. The well stocked office/camp store has dairy, frozen foods, and gifts. Power varied depending on the site and weather, from 108 to 113 VAC. Shower stalls and dressing area are small. Good, Charleston, over the air TV reception. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Absolutely wonderful! Stayed here during a rally and the sites are very level, nice size, and good privacy between them. The Christmas light display in the park was the best I've ever experienced. Highly recommend! We camped here in a Motorhome.
To our mind the very best local, state or national park we've stayed at in the past three years. Friendly staff, nice level sites, great Wi-Fi and to cap it all we got to preview the annual Holiday Lights with a 2 mile walk. Spectacular! Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed in #17 which backs right up to a pond and has a swing directly behind the site next to the pond. Downside was rooftop satellite would not peek through the trees even though it was facing the right direction. Had to run about 75' of cable out to the edge of the road with the Carryout to get TV. There are a few pull-throughs - maybe 10 or so. Great friendly staff and the campground is well taken care of. Would most definitely stay here again. Make reservations early if you want one of the pull-throughs! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great place to stay if you want to visit Charleston, or just to enjoy the awesome park facilities. The park is very large and very nice, with plenty of things to do. They have a huge dog park and a rock climbing wall. There are hiking and bike paths to tour the whole park. They have a festival of lights starting in November that is ranked as one of the best in the country. Our site was nicely shaded and had a fire pit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice county park. Lots of biking trails and a 15 minute ride to both downtown Charleston and the plantation tours. The only reason for an 8 rather than a 10 was that my wife found the shower not as clean as she would have liked. Otherwise, the store was well stocked, the staff friendly and the site was private. We would come back again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Price is with Good Sam discount. Have stayed at this park a few times visiting Charleston and The Citadel while a grandson was there for 4 years. Location is what sells this park but otherwise, it is way overpriced for what you receive. Check most reviews, rainy weather creats a mess, not called Low Country just for kicks. Power system is absymal, cannot run two ACs which are needed most times, you are in SC after all. Very hard to keep power at 110 or above - one AC and a box fan brings it down to minimum, anything else added and you are in the danger zone and will usually just trip breaker if you are lucky. No cable, cell phone service (Sprint) poor, WiFi was OK this visit, portable dish a must for sighting through tree cover, which is very nice for the shade offered! Again, stay here for the location but not much else. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place was awesome! Campground hosts were very friendly and the place was very clean. Good WiFi signal. Dog park. Lots of bike paths and a shuttle into Charleston for $10 pp round trip. Only downside was that it does not run at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground in a huge municipal park. The park has an off-leash dog area, a lake, a splash zone, lots of trails, a climbing wall, and probably other stuff. If you make use of all that, it might be a great place to stay. The sites are large with a good amount of space between them. Lots of trees and shade. However, our site was basically dirt, and would have been a real mess if it had rained. The bathrooms were not in very good shape (missing tiles and such) but they were fairly clean. The park is very convenient to Charleston. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Loved the dog park, it was the highlight of our stay here. Our site was nicely shaded with a huge tree right outside our door. This wasn't an issue until it started raining for days and we couldn't pull our awning out and ground was a muddy pit. Easy drive to Charleston and good internet. Laundry was outside, hot, rainy and buggy - didn't use. You have to pay to use the pool, should be included while staying at park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of the best municipal campgrounds. The facilities were great! The water park was super and we really enjoyed the dog park. The park is just minutes from the historic downtown Charleston. This is a friendly and clean family campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
GREAT family oriented campground only minutes away from downtown Charleston. Shuttle available for transport to downtown area. Splash pad and water park are great for the kids. Lots of walking and riding trails. Well maintained and clean. Our visit fell after the area had several days of heavy rain leaving many of the sites with standing water and no real place to drain. Restrooms and bath houses were clean and stocked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a well maintained campground located within a county park, with full hookups and helpful friendly staff. Roads are paved and the pad is hard packed dirt. There is a security gate at night. Some sites are back in and others are pull through; big rig access is fair. Quiet, with some space around the RV but not much privacy. There are shade trees, grass, and a picnic table. The bathrooms are clean and modern but the laundry which is located outside is dirty, and the machines are old and covered in dust, with few clean places to wash or fold clothes. In hot weather this would be unbearable, no a/c and lots of bugs! There is a large off-leash dog park with access to the water. Plenty of recreation is available within the park along with lots of lovely bike and walking trails. The few planes that did fly over the campground did not bother us at all. Wi-Fi is good but cell service marginal. Publix, restaurants, and great sightseeing are close by, one of the perks of this campground, and probably why it is so popular. We would stay here again, however we would pick a better site next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful park located close to all points of interest in Charleston. The sites are large back-ends with extra large picnic tables and fire rings. Bike paths are numerous and there is a large lake for fishing (no license needed). Management was very friendly. We would stay there again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful campground within a county park. Campsites are large and mostly level with good shrubbery and vegetation. Bathrooms are newer and clean and there are laundry facilities at the bathroom buildings. There are convenient dumpsters and recycling throughout the campground. We appreciate it when campgrounds are socially responsible and offer recycling. There is a lot of recreation available within the park for a reasonable fee - climbing walls, kayaking, paddle boats, bike rentals. There is also a very popular dog park and miles of bike/hiking trails. WiFi is decent. Campground staff was friendly and helpful. The campground location is very good with lots of things to do nearby. The only improvement we could suggest would be cable connections. Note that some of the roads getting into the park have low hanging branches, so watch out! We camped here in a Motorhome.
RV park is part of a very large county park that has many amenities, including walking/biking trails, large dog park, large kid's playground and a climbing wall. Park is nicely maintained. RV park is heavily wooded with the roads being paved and the sites being packed dirt/gravel. Sites are fairly level, long and well spaced. You can get local TV channels, but satellite service may be a problem in the majority of spaces. Most of the pull through sites appear satellite service would work. Park is quiet and the staff is very helpful. Easy drive into Charleston, or you can take a daily shuttle from the park ($10 round trip). I highly recommend this park and we plan on staying again when back in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful park and very nice campground. Check in was easy and even though we changed our reservation after we got there, it was a very simple process. The staff are friendly and professional. The sites are large, level, and easy to get in and out of. The roads are all paved. The sites are gravel. There were many big rigs here so it appears to be very big rig friendly. The park has a splash park in the summer, a huge dog park with a lake the dogs can swim in, boat rentals, cabin rentals, the list goes on. This is the nicest overall campground we have stayed in. It is only 10 minutes from downtown Charleston. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
James Island County Park, Charleston, SC – February 15 and 16. This is a county park and it is beautiful. The bathrooms in our loop are being updated but that was fine. This is a beautiful, big park with great bike trails. The sites are nice and they do have full hookups. Check in was quick and the workers were nice and very informative. This park is open year round and their Holiday Festival of Lights from mid November to late December is very popular. The park offers a lot -salt and fresh water fishing, off leash dog park, bike trails, playground, cottages, shuttle service to Charleston, playground area, water splash area, kayak rentals and hiking trails through the marshes with birds, turtles, alligators and geese. The cost depends on the discounts you have Good Sam etc and others. Need to follow the directions from the campground not your GPS. This is our second visit to this park and we will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is my first review, after having been guided by the reviews of others for 3 years. This is the best RV park we have stayed in. It was a total delight. Staff were friendly, responsive and helpful. Sites were large and shaded. Everything worked. Lack of cable TV was no problem since many channels were available via the antenna. Park was quiet and removed from main roads. We could see how much fun a family would have in the summer, when all the facilities of the whole park were up and running. Book early and stay late. This place is excellent. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I love this park! Over 600 acres of property with walking paths, playgrounds, fishing dock, swing chairs, splash park and a dog park. The staff are all friendly and helpful, our spot was pretty level, large with lots of trees and plants for privacy and all hookups worked great. What a beautiful place to stay in while visiting the Charleston area and its so close to everything. No cable hookups but antenna picked up several channels and internet is spotty but who needs internet when there's so much wonderful nature here to see? I will definitely be back here! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great location for visiting Charleston. Huge park, nice people. The only issue is no cable and trees could be issue with your satellite dish. I wish the county would pave the sites.. Sites are extremely sandy and some are very low ( hold water). If it has been raining, cruise the place and select site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate was a winter weekly special. This county park is lovely. HUGE dog park, lake, playgrounds, many walking trails. The 600+ acres are very well maintained and managed. The staff is top notch. The sites are quite level and gravel. Internet works well, no cable TV, but local stations came in fine. Great place to enjoy Charleston, and a great park if you have a dog!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
James Island County Park is our favorite place to spend New Year's Eve. Not only is the campground beyond beautiful, the staff are warm, friendly, caring, and always willing to go beyond the second mile to help. We love the Christmas light display and special New Year's Eve festivities that include a large sand sculpture, Christmas store, marshmallow roasting, Christmas cafe, train ride through the lights, amusement park rides, special displays, and fireworks display. We love staying at this campground in the summer as well as we thoroughly enjoy the water park. The campground itself is beautiful with breathtaking landscaping, a wonderful dog park, and nice, paved bicycle trails. The Wi-Fi signal is clear and doesn't seem to overload even when the campground is crowded, the restrooms are clean with abundant hot water, and during the summer they have special fun activities for the entire family. We really, really love this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one nice RV park!! Big sites, private, and full service, except for cable TV. The staff is very professional and are always here to help with anything. This was my first visit, and I will be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice "natural" sites. Lots of trees. Reasonable space. Gravel pads but all looked quite level. I saw only back-ins. Wi-Fi was good. Local channels on antenna. Picnic tables in rather poor shape, but otherwise a great place to stay. We have not yet explored the rest of the park but the RV area would be on our list again for the future. We will stay this time for a full week We camped here in a Motorhome.
The good: full hook up county park unusual, nice dog park and walking path. A real bonus to be there during the Festival of Lights that runs from Nov 9 to New Years, probably the best CHRISTMAS light tour we have ever seen and free to campers! The not so good: We have a 40 ft Motorhome with a 12' 7" clearance and our antenna whips got a real workout with overhanging limbs on the main county entry road. When we mentioned to the campground check in person that she might want to talk to the county about trimming limbs, she blew us off and said if these motorhomes get bigger they will ruin our canopy of trees. Also, it rained, not that heavy, but we had a lake form in front of our campsite as did many other spots, so drainage not the best. many sites were narrow but the person on the phone worked with us to find a wider one, the sites are plenty long enough. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second most favorite campground, after Topsail Hill Reserve. The sites are large and fairly private and mostly level gravel. There are miles of paved trails for dog walking in the park and a dog park on a lake. The staff is very friendly and maintains the park very well. It is very clean and quiet, even though it is very busy. Both AT&T and Verizon have pretty good service. It is an easy 15 minute drive to downtown Charleston. We have been here every year for the last five years and it is aways the same - clean, peaceful, convenient, near a wonderful historic city. We always end up extending our stay! There are about 10 sites that will work with a fixed satellite dish but you need to walk around yourself and find them. We have stayed in the other campgrounds in the area but much prefer James Island. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park. Park rangers were very helpful. Access to campground was very good off Harbor View Rd. Access to downtown Charleston easy via James Island Expressway - 12-15 minutes top. Roads in park were hard surface, with all sites back in, fairly level and spacious. No satellite service due the large amount of trees. This is a beautiful park to bike ride or hike in. Numerous good safe trails. We were there while they were setting up the Christmas lightning, which is visited by locals every year. We had a night viewing by bike riding. This county park has many visitors every night. This county park has many visitors every day, that far exceeds the RV community. This is a park we would definitely stay in again.
We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park stayed extra day so we could see the test lighting of 2 million Christmas lights. Great dog park nice bike trails. Will be stopping here again. They had shuttle to town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is located within a large county park on James Island. It offers many paved biking/hiking paths and a fantastic outdoor play area which makes it great for kids. There is a splash water park that is opened seasonally for an additional fee. The sites are fairly close together but well separated by understory. Water, electric, and sewer on site all work well. The park offers Good Sam discounts which saves you 10%. It is a great location to visit both historic Charleston and Folly Beach. You will want to make reservations well in advance as they have heavy usage. The campground has rental cottages nearby which allows you to vacation with non-camping friends and family. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were in site 114 and, although it was tight maneuvering a 40' RV into it, it was great. Unhook area is level as was our site. Trees and shrubs give privacy at many sites. Good 50A service and water pressure. Nice laundry area and only $1.50 per load to wash and $1.50 to dry. Recycle bins for aluminum, plastic, paper, and glass. Hiking, biking, dog walking paths all over the park. Dog waste bag stations in many places along paths. Campers get free admission to facilities. Dog park is surrounded by water with swimming area for dogs. Small dogs have a separate area. We hope to come back and stay longer. Very nice campground with friendly staff and campers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
In my opinion, this is the best campground in Charleston. It is convenient to downtown, clean, friendly people, safe, lots to do in the park. This is such a family friendly park. There is a water park on site, playgrounds, dog park, and there are always activities going on. The rate is great for all you get! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Terrific facility. A little hard to find, and we found some of the roads leading to it to be a little tight. The place was full but it didn't seem crowded. Very clean and well maintained. Nice level site. Tons of kids but we weren't bothered by them. Close to Charleston, which is its major attraction to us. The only problem is the place is so popular that you clearly need to reserve far in advance if you want to be here on a weekend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Parked here for easy access into Charleston as I was informed they had a shuttle for a 10 dollar return journey. A bit disappointed on arrival to learn that they only went in at 9.00 a.m. and picked up at 4.00 p.m., other times would have been more convenient. However staff were helpful and friendly and the park is wooded and shaded with paved roads. There is a splashzone/pool but you have to pay to go in - 8.00 dollars I think. Good for its access to the city but would have preferred more choice in times. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park puts most privately-owned campgrounds to shame! Paved interior roads, level and spacious gravel sites, all with at least partial shade. Utility hook-ups are solidly built and intelligently placed. Shrubs & trees shield your site from your neighbor. The park is clean and the buildings are well-kept. Restrooms and showers very modern and clean. A long list of scheduled activities and access to recreation areas in the park. In spite of being nearly 100% occupied the campground is quiet. Office staff very personable and helpful. This should be your campground of choice in the Charleston area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park should have a higher rating than 10. So impressed that it is maintained by the county and not a private park. The roads are paved, campsites level, nice size with buffers for privacy. Great walking/cycling/running trails. Wonderful family facility with a dog park, water park, climbing wall, dock for fishing, boat/kayak/canoe rental. The shuttle into the Charleston Visitor Center is very convenient and at $10 round trip it's close to what you would have to pay to park your car without the hassle. We will go back here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stopped at James River for 2 nights on our way to Myrtle Beach. The campground was great, the sites were a good size and with a nice buffer between the sites. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The inner site access roads were paved and wide enough to handle big rigs. We used the campground's shuttle service into Charleston’s Visitors Center which was very convenient and reasonable at $10 per person round trip. The shuttle driver was a campground Work Kamp resident and was very friendly and informative. This is a wonderful Campground to stay at to visit Charleston or just relax. Wi-Fi was good. We stayed in a full hookup, 50 amp, pull-through site. We will return again and stay longer next time. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is what an RV park should be. Sites are level and large with enough privacy from the other sites. Access in and out is good. The dog park is ideal for Fido to run free & safely. Park staff is friendly. Location is close enough to Downtown to be convenient. Our water pressure was a little low, but Wi-Fi worked well. We will be back, hopefully for a little longer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campground is located in a very large, well maintained county park. Roads are paved, but the campsites are packed lime-rock. A few pairs of sites share common entries, so those sites are not as wide as the single entry sites. A few mosquitoes are expected in the low-country, but they did not interfere with any activities. Wi-Fi worked well. The park is located conveniently with travel time of about 10 minutes to downtown Charleston. A GPS is very helpful. If traveling up Ashley River Road to visit the plantations, be sure to stop at Sunflower Cafe for breakfast/lunch. We look forward to another visit to James Island. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice place! First of all the staff is very nice and helpful. They have a shuttle that takes you into historic Charleston (for $10) and a little store that sells everything from firewood to ice cream. The site we were in needed to have the fire ring moved or the tree cut back, and hopefully they will address that before the tree burns down. On the negatives, the sites were grass and the restrooms are nice and clean but not private. Watch your top getting to this place (low trees everywhere). We camped here in a Truck Camper.
The campsites are on slanted dirt lots which flood when it rains. The staff are not very friendly. The area is infested with mosquitoes. The restroom floors and shower floors were covered in dirt. The campground is designed for tent campers and for people that do not suffer from smoke filled air. Definitely not worth the trip. Charleston, SC is a great place to visit, but we would not return to this campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Paid $43.28/night with Good Sam - James Island Park offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family. We stayed March 31 – April 7th in site 120 – full hook up, camping in a motor coach. The campground was well laid out and offered a little green space between each site, along with a fire ring. There are many biking and walking trails throughout the park and the dog park was extremely nice. April 1st, the park hosted the Low country Cajun Festival and we enjoyed the food, drink & music just a quick walk away from our coach. For the price, this was not our favorite campground as it offered no cable. The Wi-Fi was unusable (and we have a Wi-Fi ranger, Wi-Fi booster that connected to their router at 100%) and each site was covered in road pack. We had a rally heavy rain, making this one of the messiest sites we have ever encountered. Make sure to have your bug spray handy. Especially if it rains as the road ways and sites hold water for days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Can't add much more than what is here. This is one of the nicest parks we've stayed. There seemed to be a continual set of activity going on to mow, clean, and keep the park looking pretty. The campsite was a back-in and handled our 38' 5th wheel and truck plus a small car with no problem. The Wi-Fi was very solid the entire 12 days we were here. The rest of the park had so much to do and we were only 12 minutes to Folly Beach or about the same time to downtown Charleston. We do not own a dog but if you did this is the park. They have a separate beach just for your dogs including another area for the real small dogs. Easy to give this park a 5-star...and we will be back We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a great park. In addition to being a really nice campground (good sized sites, all separated with a small patch of woods) there are a couple of water parks, and a 50 foot belay climbing wall. You can rent gear including shoes. There was so much to do just at the park that we could have just stayed there and missed the historic city. It took about 20 minutes to drive to the Ft Sumter visitors center which is right down town. Getting a F250 around the streets can prove to be a little daunting, but the campground is really a gem even at this price. Great place as a base to see Charleston or just relax. Superb staff all round as well. Would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very neat, clean park. Friendly camp store workers. This campground is very close to Charleston & Folly Beach making our daily drives in to town super convenient. Lots to do in both those places. The Festival of Lights was an added bonus & we drove around 3 times during our stay just to see it. I guess the after Christmas crowd slowed down for that cause we had no trouble going through. Our site was pretty private, was on a corner. But I did notice the kids seemed to hang out more around the bath house riding bikes, playing football, so yes that area was quite noisy. Will definitely come back again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lovely campground. Our site fee included access to the Festival of Lights, which is spectacular. We reserved on short notice but it was a Sunday night. I'm told that this time of year it can book up on the weekends. Also, the advice to arrive by 5:00 was great as the festival traffic is pretty heavy in the evening and could delay entry. We thoroughly enjoyed our short visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a destination park for many families during the holidays. but for us it was just a very expensive place to stay. We paid almost $50 for just electric plus water. They charge us an extra $13/night for the privilege of using the dump station. Sites are relatively level and large. Electrical was low. My EMS read 114-118 volts most of the time. Water was fine. You need to get a key from the office to unlock the dump station. Showers were very heavily used and not always clean; the work-campers did their best to keep the sites clean. CG is in the middle of the park and has many walking trails. From November to Jan 1st they have an extensive holiday light show. CG sells out a year in advance for the holidays. Sunday morning there was a nice pancake breakfast that my son enjoyed. Historic Charleston is only 5-10 minutes away. Our site, #40, had zero privacy since it was right next to the bathrooms. Everyone using the facilities walked within a few feet of our trailer; young kids took a short cut through our site with their bikes! There is a laundry area but the machines are old and we needed assistance from the office to get one of them working. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park. Very accessable for big rigs. Many sites are 60-80 ft. Asphalt roads and hard packed sand/gravel sites. There were many 36ft+ motor coaches in the park. Friendly staff ready to help. the grounds are in great shape. Thousands of trees but none low enough to touch our coach. Used the free Christmas light tour shuttle and the $10 shuttle to downtown. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We asked if this park would handle a 45 ft motorhome before coming, more than once. While we are parked here, we found this park not to be appropriate for larger rigs. They have low hanging trees which hit and dragged over our coach. The place is one big dust pile. To get to our space was nearly impossible because of the number of vehicles parked around the area and the low hanging branches. We actually had to come to our space going down the one way road the wrong way, because of the situation. I would never come back to this park because of this situation. They should never advertise this park as big rig friendly, as it IS NOT. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We travel with two Standard Poodles and the huge, fenced dog park was great! Wi-Fi was spotty when the stormy weather rolled in. Park personnel we're always friendly and helpful. The grounds were well kept, bathrooms were clean. Don't miss the Christmas lights which are lit beginning November 11th. The actual RV space was large, private, well maintained, and easy to back into as were all the roads throughout the park. Great park, worth coming back to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived during a rain storm and noticed most of the campground was under water. All campsites are small, narrow and have no privacy (are wide open). Our assigned site was completely flooded and we were afraid to get electrocuted if we plug anything into the outlets. We asked for a new site that is on a little dryer ground. We received a much smaller site on a grassy area. We thought that would be better, because of our two dogs. We were wrong. The entire glass area was infested with fire ants. We had to tip-toe quickly to get in and out of our camper. Overall the park was too overpriced for fire ants, flooding and extremely dirty bathrooms. The front desk (with 3 people that didn't do much) was not helpful and pretended to be clueless about service. We stayed for 7 days and nobody cleaned anything. Everything the park claims to have is, available at an extra charge. Absolutely nothing is offered here for free or is included in the outrageous camping fee. The dog park was always over packed with pets and people that don't belong in the park itself. So we couldn't use that. We would never recommend to stay at this park to anybody, because of its nickel-and-diming-for-everything attitude. It would have been much better to stay in a state park for a reasonable price instead. We won't be back here - ever! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What a beautiful park! We stayed for 5 nights and enjoyed every minute. The park is convenient to beaches and downtown. Office staff helpful during reservation process and while at the park. Three different walking/biking trails, dog park, and, during the season, water park and other activities. Free Wi-Fi with great speed/connection. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My family stayed at James Island campground for 4 nights. This place is fantastic! The amenities are excellent. It's only a few minutes from downtown Charleston & a few minutes in another direction for the plantations... it's a great location!! There's walking/biking paths throughout the entire park, a splash park, a water park, a fishing dock, a rock climbing wall & a dog park. There was a pancake breakfast that my son loved! The place is extremely well kept. The office/ general store was great. The campsite we had was fantastic (#29). We had so much space yet it still felt very woodsy! I highly recommend this campground! All five of us in my family say it's our favorite campground to date! We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a GREAT find! We loved this "stop over" and wished we stayed for a few days! We have 2 lab's and the huge dog park with a lake was their best part! This place has everything and yet very nice spacious sites. They do have sites that share with another, but you better know them or you'll be sorry. On location was Rock Climbing walls, water splash park, bike rentals, kayaks, and just everything a resort would have! We stayed in a water/electric only site.They only have 5 but our site 42 had a ton of space and shade. Loved this place! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Superb county park with excellent RV facilities, water park, huge dog park with pond where leashes aren't required. Was an easy back-in and hook up, a short drive to Charleston. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The only complaint was no swimming pool but definitely a destination camp in a beautiful, park setting. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for three nights and really enjoyed the park. The sites were large and mostly level, the restrooms were clean and adequate. Laundry facilities were available. Campground store had a good selection of necessities that may have been forgotten, ice, propane, and bike rentals. The park is very large and bicycles are the preferred mode of travel and pets are welcome. There is a playground and splash area for the kids. The water park was closed due to a water main break while we were here, so we visited another one in another county park while we were here. Discount tickets are available in the store for the waterparks. Your campground pass gets you into all of the other parks for free. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice campground within the huge James island Park facility. Sites were large and level. Nice restroom/showers. Great biking around the park, and superb dog park. You get a discount to enter the water park. I feel that while the campground was nice, it was overpriced for what you get. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground with a friendly helpful staff. We booked late so had one of the buddy sites previously mentioned. The site wasn't bad because of the layout for the fire pit, but you can end up with a sewer hose in front of you depending on which side of the site you are on. I would recommend reservations well in advance. Nice shady sites and our walk around the CG told me that most if not all were pretty level. Nice municipal golf course close by and easy access to downtown Charleston. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Shuttle service to downtown Charleston was great $5.00 per person each way. Sites were level with good water, electric and sewer hook-up. Minor complaint--some sites are buddy sites with your neighbor right on top of you. I was given this kind of site when many single sites were available. A little better planning by the park would be appreciated. The "Best Damn Dog Run" period. I would guess 6 to 8 acres on a lake with several dog areas to the river. Price a little steep considering no cable, however for us and our dog it was worth it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While it doesn't have paved sites, we thought it deserved a "10". It's a nicely laid out campground with room for big rigs, good water, good power, Wi-Fi worked, etc. Bring kids, bikes, dogs, and radio controlled boats if you them. Excellent shuttle to/from Charleston. A little challenging to find. We believe the directions provided on the campground receipt give you the best chance to miss tree limbs. The rate reflects Good Sam discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice park inside a state park. Lots of activities for kids. We particularly liked the dog run area. A giant fenced in area on the lake with 50 dogs and lots of nice people when we were there. We enjoyed our stay and got our money's worth. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love James Island. Each year around the holidays we camp here. The main attraction is the holiday light display. It is about a 2 mile loop we drive it every night. Lots of great work campers. A bunch of friendly people that make us want to return again and again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
No cable, Everything else is top notch. Quiet, clean, staff very helpful and cheerful. Great dog park. located close to downtown. Paved walking and bike trail for plenty of scenic walks. Love the place and will be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were in site #63 very close to store and had a sidewalk next to us. This is our second visit and we came to specifically see the Christmas Lights. Less turn around of sites than in summer. We were actually surprised that there were a number of sites vacant while we were there, even on Thanksgiving day. In summer people are moving constantly to new sites to be able to stay for the time they want to spend here. So this time there was less traffic congestion. Our site was spacious, we had a fire ring/grill combo, large picnic table, w/e/s with 50 amp.Wi-Fi in park is very good. There is a laundry area at bath house and a clubhouse in campground. There is a store with ice cream, drinks, and firewood, and propane refill. Park has very nice bike/walking paths. Husband ran the Turkey Trot in Charleston while we were there and was able to utilize paths to train. Dog area with beach, fishing dock, very nice playground though it is starting to fade from the sun after just 1 year of being open but is well maintained. We did use the climbing wall but the day we went there was not enough help for all the people who wanted to climb the wait was really long. And when the employee did call for help the man that came instead of helping to belay he took over an hour to set up the small movable climbing wall instead. The Christmas Light festival was great and it was better being in the park. Each night we walked a different area to see them up close. There are train rides, food, a carousel, 2 stores, a bakery, and visits with Santa. Charleston is very close by with many things to do and stores to shop in. Everybody we met was very friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent park. Sites were mostly roomy. Facilities were in good shape. Verizon wireless and 3G worked well. Located close to Charleston. Is in a massive park with all types of activities. Off leash dog park is nearby. They were setting up the Festival of Lights when we were here: very beautiful. Check in was efficient and the staff very helpful. Some sites can be close to others. Quiet at night. There is good shade for most sites. Well lit at night. Average price in this area: utilized a Good Sam discount. Stayed 5 nights and would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Clean, quiet park, but vary hard to get to from the interstate. If we had not had a GPS, we likely could not find it. Check in process was very slow (20-30 min.), as the senior lady at the desk, should have never been here. She didn't have a clue. When we didn't like the site she assigned to us, we repeated the whole process all over again, even though there was a more knowledgeable person here also. All-in-all, very pricey, for what we got, even though our rate was a Good Sam rate. Would not return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fabulous place. We stayed here as the Christmas lights were being set up (boy, they look great!), but be forewarned--if you stay between November 12 (this year's start date) and the end of the season, you must be back in your site by 5PM. That would've been a surprise if we hadn't known it. Now, on the other hand, the park offers a shuttle: 9AM to Charleston and 4PM back for $10 round trip. Great deal. Leave the RV and the toad behind to enjoy walking this historic and beautiful city. But back at the park, enjoy the large, leafy/grassy sites, the convenient recycling program, and the clean bathhouse/laundry. Good camp store, too. There are walking trails and what looks to be a great off-leash dog park, too. We stayed in the cool weather, but folks who stay here regularly said that the lazy river/water park is a blast in the summer (and they were 50+). We would stay here again, especially because of the shuttle. (Note: A taxi ride is only $12 one way, too, FYI.) We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park never disappoints. The staff is always helpful. The park is always well maintained. The only thing they need is updated bath houses with better ventilation. We love returning to this park again and again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
In a motorhome there is no access road to this great park that you will not hit your antenna and possibly your AC cover on low hanging branches leading into the park. You will travel at least 2 miles of roads with these low hanging branches. Once you get there it is a great facility. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park and with the holiday lights it should be great! A super location for everywhere in Charleston. We had site 53 and it was spacious and mostly private. When we come back we will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We did a lot of research before coming to Charleston and decided on this park after seeing it's great reviews. We were not disappointed, it was close to attractions and a very nice clean park. Despite being in a wooded area, we were pleasantly surprised to have satellite reception. There is a park ranger on duty overnight who does late check ins. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back. There is a water park inside the county park but it was not open during our stay. There is a great dog park that made me wish we had our dog with us, he would have loved it. If you forget your bikes, you can rent some. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This county RV Park was a very pleasant surprise. Has remarkable facilities for families (a water park, fishing/crabbing docks, climbing walls), for RV owners with dogs, and for big rigs. The park is only 10 minutes from the historic district of downtown Charleston. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved this park and location! It's beautiful, well kept and there is so much to do. There are beautiful bike paths, areas to fish and catch crabs, a water park. Beautiful camp sites and a very friendly staff. Best of all it's very close to Charleston and everything you want to see. Don't forget a day at the beach, just a few miles down the road. We will go back to James Island, it was the highlight of our vacation. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What everyone else said: a great park for activities and lots of them. We had site 75: it was large, wooded and private. I needed reservations for the 4th of July, they were booked but said they would put me on a waiting list. I thought I would never in a million years get a call back, but to my surprise they called when someone canceled. Now that was good service. They do have a shuttle to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, but it only leaves once a day. We used a taxi, it wasn't anymore expensive than the shuttle and they pick you up at your site. We are awful with schedules and this way you can come and go when it suits your schedule. Overall this park was very clean except the bathrooms they were a huge mess when I looked in to check them out. We would probably stay here again if ever in the area. Just a very pleasant campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has been our favorite campground so far! There is so much to do. We went to the water park, climbed the rock wall, and rode bikes all over the park. There are plenty of family activities, like making tie die t-shirts, trading silly bands, and pancake breakfasts. The campground is close to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach. The campsites and facilities were nice. We'll definitely return to this campground! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent 4 nights here in site #63. The first day (Tues) we went to the water park: it's 2 for 1 on Tuesdays. Great park for families! The second day we went to Charleston (close by) and then played nine holes of golf at the Municipal Golf Course less than 5 miles away! The third day we went to Folly Beach. We parked free at the pier with our camp ground park pass. Don' haul a bunch of stuff, just go and rent an umbrella and chair ($20). The rest of the time we enjoyed the campground and took the dogs to the leash-less play area. The Wi-Fi worked well. The site had sewer, power, and fire ring. We will definitely be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our favorite campground year after year. My family camps here each June and November for long weekends and extended stays. Always clean. Beautiful shaded sites and so much to do. Without leaving the park we are entertained for days. But in addition to the parks amenities, downtown Charleston is 10 minutes in one direction and Folly Beach is under 10 minutes in the other direction. The Holiday Lights festival is not to be missed. Reserve early as the park fills up fast, especially on special occasions. We are spending Thanksgiving here this year and cannot wait. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice campground. Tons of stuff to do in the park for all ages. We don't have young kids, but were impressed with all of the activities available for the youngsters. There was a water park, climbing wall, kayak rental, paddle boat rental, fishing ponds and lakes, and bike trails. I enjoyed the running trails and the dog beach was an awesome place for our dogs. I only have 2 minor issues with this park that kept it from being a 10. First, is the approaches to the park. All of the roads have low trees, making it a bit of a white knuckle experience for tall rigs. My rig is 13' tall and several branches knocked into our front A/C unit. Once inside the park, all the clearances were OK. The other minor point is that many of the sites are close together and not very private. Be prepared to see and hear your neighbors in most sites. Beyond that, I'd highly recommend this park to anyone. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful and well kept. The place has more the feel of an upscale resort than a county park. There is coin laundry located at the restrooms and a camp store with all the basics. Most sites are well spaced for privacy but some are paired up. Check the park map when reserving a site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our dog's FAVORITE RV park! She loves the large fenced play area with pond. The walking trail through the park is great. If interested, there are 2 climbing walls: one for children and one for more experienced climbers. We will definitely stay here if we come back to lovely Charleston! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean park, not just an RV park, large public pool, bike trails, canoeing, boating, fishing, and a huge dog park. The park was shaded for the most part, clean, and everything worked. Added bonus feature is that your car tag gets you admission to all the county parks and beaches! The Caw Caw Center is excellent for birding. Several NWR's also close. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed in some magnificent resorts, and few of them matched the beauty of this one. Now, having said that, the getting here, and leaving can be hazardous to the well being of your RV if you are traveling in a Class A motorhome. The streets leading to the campground are lined with beautiful oak trees. Unfortunately, many of them have limbs that are growing downward: on the way in a limb that was impossible to miss, hit one of our antennas and the satellite dome. From the sound of it we thought it destroyed both, but incredibly, nothing was damaged. When we left: limbs from trees lining the road were impossible to avoid if there was on-coming traffic. The good news is I was able to wax out several long scratches on the passenger side. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground with so many amenities. The kids love the water park. The dogs love the freedom of the dog park with their own beach. We love the walking trails. One park that we all agree on, we will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Getting into James Island County Park is a mission in itself. Reservations were hard to come by. This park has a great location close to Charleston but if you make a wrong turn, the roads toward the campground become a nightmare. The park itself is a county run facility offering a water park, children's play area and an unleashed dog area with lake. This all sounds real nice except some of the actual sites suffer from lack of maintenance. Our site was not close to level and held water. Sewer openings in most sites are below grade allowing uncapped openings to fill with sand and rain water. The tree canopy needed a spring trimming upon our arrival. We enjoyed our stay and will return if we can get a reservation. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of the best campgrounds we have camped at. We had a large site #26, with lots of room behind the trailer for a campfire. The site was very private with dense vegetation between sites. Lots to do in the park and in the area. An added benefit is free access to all Charleston County Park facilities, such as the pier and the beach at Folly Beach and the Beachwalker park at Kiawah Island. This was our second visit to James Island County Park, and we found the park to be even better than we remembered from the first visit 4 years ago. BTW the Wi-Fi was better (faster) than I have at home. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved our stay at James Island. It was an easy drive into historic Charleston, the site was large with beautiful trees, and the nearby lakefront dog park (within the James Island County Park) meant that our dogs were happy, too. The park staff was very helpful, and it was easy to get our big rig into our space and back out again. We'd definitely come back here if we are ever lucky enough to be visiting Charleston again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a superior campground in every way! The bike paths are my favorite thing. The water park is outstanding, but I still recommend camping here is cooler weather instead of summer due to insects. The Christmas lights are spectacular. It is a very family and pet friendly park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What more can I say, but this is a beautiful place to stay. Staff was great; it's clean; dog friendly; at a reasonable price in a beautiful area. Has level pads. The restrooms were beyond clean. Washers and dryers were new and clean. This park has made it to my top ten list and I will return. Just watch out for the red ants which I found out the hard way. Boy, do they hurt! I picked them up in the back overflow area while walking the dog. Two of the staff were driving by in the cart and offered sympathy and helpful suggestions on how to treat the bites. If you stay in the south bring some foam bug spray to go around the hoses so you don't get those little ants in the camper. I very rarely make reservations but I did for this park and I was worried whether or not I would like the site, but my worries were pointless. You can't go wrong with any of the sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While at Willow Tree near Myrtle Beach planning our next stop we stumbled on a review here stating it was perfect so it became our choice. We planned to stay here for a few nights and head further south but it was such a nice total experience that we stayed 5 nights. First of all let me say the previous reviews are correct. This is a jewel of a place to stay. But only if you're not expecting an up-scale RV Resort. In my opinion it's not that at all but it's close. It's very laid back in nature with lots and lots and lots to do without even leaving the park. We travel with what we tell folks is the smartest member of our family, our 10-yr-old Border Collie Jake. The park is definitely his favorite. Lots of places to walk and explore plus a huge, multi-acre fenced no-leash-required dog park with 2 beaches for splashing and playing. He hardly ever gets to interact with other dogs that are not on a leash so it was a big, big treat for him. We spent at least a few hours each day at this park. Always lots of dogs and folks there. Those that live in or around Charleston are very lucky to have this great facility. Another gem inside the park was the fishing pier. Not quite named correctly. It is a low-to-the-water pier but man is it beautiful here. It's set at a turn in one of the tidal creeks with lots of moving water. Fish constantly moving in and out of the area. You have to try to go out to the pier during sunset at least one night while you're here. It was breath-taking to sit there and watch the sun go down over the reeds and creeks. Other than that what other observations did I have? 1) Expect a tight fit when you drive up. The beauty of the place is in all the trees but they make it very difficult to get into the site. We didn't get a pull-through and it took a few tries to get BAR ("Big Ass RV") into her spot. But once there it was very wide and very private. You can get around here with the biggest of rigs but you'll just need to be careful. Also, many of the side roads have low-hanging trees so just stick to main roads. Like all beach parks it's sandy and we had to vacuum just about every day but that's to be expected. 2) Charleston area is just full of things to do. Folly Beach (10 miles from park) was almost deserted on the day we went there even though it was in the upper 70s. Music in town each time we ventured out. 3) Someone said we should visit Edisto Beach while we were here so one day we hit the road. Even though it's only 21 miles away it takes about 80 minutes to get there. Once there I agree that it was pretty but we found ourselves wishing we hadn't taken 1/2 day to drive when Folly Beach was so close and in our opinion just as pretty with a little more to do as far as shops and restaurants. So I'd say don't do that unless you're staying for a couple of weeks. Overall, the best all around park we've visited. Our new #1 favorite and we found it by search for 10,10,10 parks here. Thanks for all the other previous reviews. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park with friendly staff. Will fit any size MH or fiver with pull-throughs or back-ins. Call office if you want a satellite friendly spot. Reservations usually required way in advance. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice private sites. Be sure and take boards to place under jacks as you are camping on sand and the jacks tend to sink into the sand especially if it rains like it did on us. We arrived one night early and luckily they had a site available for us. We asked if we could stay on that site for the next 3 nights as well since we liked the site and our neighbors were really nice. We were very insistently told no way that we would have to move to the site they had reserved for us originally. Not sure why since there never was anyone on the other site. Just did not make for good customer service especially since a lot of the sites sat empty the entire time we were there. We visited the USS Yorktown in Charleston and the beach at Folly Field and enjoyed both. Be sure and slather yourself in bug spray as the chiggers and mosquitoes were taking over the place. We would probably go there again just take extra bug spray as that tends to go with camping sometimes. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had read some very nice reviews about this place & when we visited, this campground did not disappoint. This is a lovely of a place to stay. Nothing upscale, but it is rustic/(lots of trees) quiet, clean & close to many amenities. It's a great place to relax & enjoy nature. Lots of places to walk and explore. Expect a tight fit when you drive up. The beauty of the place is in all the trees but the spots are a tight fit. Like all beach parks it's sandy and we had to vacuum just about every day but, that's to be expected. Charleston area is just full of things to do & there are lots of shops and restaurants. So I'd say don't do that unless you're staying for a couple of weeks. Overall, it was one of the best parks that we've visited in a while. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park site's pads are limestone with grass and lots of trees. They are level and well kept. It would be hard to compare the facilities with high end condo parks, but the friendly staff and comfortable setting made up the difference to us. An example of their interest in customer satisfaction is that they keep a list of sites where a roof mounted satellite dish can capture a signal, and it works. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There's plenty to do at this campground: biking, hiking, boating and a lot more. A good Wi-Fi signal and friendly hosts. It's close to Charleston attractions and the beach. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed in. Private sites are situated so that entry and exit is easy. Good TV reception and Wi-Fi. Does not have a pool but a wonderful water park across the road with lazy river, pool and water slides. Favorite feature for us was the off leash dog park with beach area. Our dog loved it and she usually doesn't get on well with other dogs. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Campground fee also provided free admission to the County beaches as well. Don't miss if in the area. Reservations are advisable although each night we were there it appeared to have a few sites available. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice campground and has a lot to offer. Would have given them a 10 but the bath house in our loop was not clean. They had several camp hosts in the campground. Great pathways for walking, biking, and running. Our dog thought the dog park next to the lake was the best. Your vehicle pass will get you in to other county parks We camped here in a Motorhome.
A family oriented campground. Watch out for kids while driving around. The campground is fairly close to Historic Charleston and Folly Beach. The beach area had lots of traffic over the 4th of July weekend. The sites were large and spread out. Large trees provided shade. WiFi was super fast. Besides the campground the park offers hiking/biking trails, a water park, fishing piers, boat and bike rentals and a dog park. Although the campground was full over the weekend it it was nice and quiet at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this park, lots of trails to walk or ride bikes, staff was nice. Convenient to Charleston and Folly Beach.Nice big shady sites.We would not hesitate coming back to this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What a great campground! We hope to make it here on a yearly basis now. Only thing I could ask for would be cable tv. The free wifi was great. Bathhouse was kept clean. Our site was large and private. I had to change my reservations twice and each time the employee I spoke to on the phone was extremely patient, friendly and knowledgeable. Each worker we encountered at the campground was just as friendly and helpful. Love it Love it Love it! We cannot wait to go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a gem of a campground. There's plenty for kids & adults to do, including a water park, playground and lots of biking/walking trails. The dog park was great. This was very family oriented. We had no problem navigating the roadways. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is a true gem with an almost limitless range of family-oriented activities (some of them available at extra charges). These include a dog park, swimming (including a lazy river), boating, a climbing wall, biking trails, etc. The sites are well-separated and the security is good. There are only two problems that prevent us from giving a full 10 rating. The first is that their bathrooms and showers can be quite dirty and in need more frequent cleanings, particularly during high-demand weekends. Secondly, their telephone reservation service is shockingly poor. Your initial calls will be met with busy signals, necessitating trying 4 to 6 times just to get through to a machine. Then, when you indicate that you'd like to book a spot, you can be put on hold for so long that you will probably hang up before getting through to a human being. In our case, we generally waited 10 to 12 minutes before stopping the call. This is a real pity because the park is worth the wait. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were on site #75. We had a very shady site and it was quite private with lots of vegetation between sites. This is a wonderful park. Be warned most people book a year in advance and those that don't seem to piece together their stay by moving sites every couple of days. There was a lot of that going on while we were here. Some sites are close together and there are many shared family type sites, so check the map closely. This park has everything: bike trails, fishing, dog park/beach, kayak rentals, paddle boat rentals, rock wall, water park, spray play area, and THE best playground our dd has ever played in. Restrooms were very clean because there are only 6 partial sites as well as a group area so most people are self contained. The staff was very friendly, store was well stocked and reasonable. There is free Wi-Fi, free Folly Beach access, a WalMart (not super though) close by, as well as restaurants very close. And my favorite...boiled peanut seller within 1 mile of park! Park is quiet at night but very family friendly, there were kids galore here. We saw plenty of wildlife as well: deer on the bike path, lots of birds, turtles and a water snake swimming in canal. We will be back we're hoping to book for their Holiday light show next year. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because their online booking system is very hard to navigate. I ended up calling the park directly to book and had to hold a long time to get help, but now I know why they are very busy so I will expect that the next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great place to camp with our kids. The park was quiet and easy to navigate. The sites are nearly level, but sandy. We were on one of the "Y" sites with our neighbors. This was a unique arrangement that made our stay very pleasant. (See map) The site was heavily wooded and provided great shade. The only issue we has was the slow wireless internet access. The associated waterpark was fantastic for our kids. Very well conceived and well constructed water park with plenty to keep the kids going all day. The deepest pool in the park was only 4 feet and lifeguards were everywhere. We would reccommemd this campground to everyone. Not a long drive to the beach if you feel the need to leave the waterpark. The campground employees were extremely friendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I haven't given many 10's since starting reviewing parks but this is one of them. Nice treed site (103) and can even get rooftop sat TV thru the trees. Not just a CG but a real park. GREAT Dog area (off leash) and two beaches for the bowsers, ours loved it. Not far from downtown but yet feels like the country. Many trails, water park for kids, climbing wall, interpretive program, propane on site (albeit costly). Beautiful landscaping, 24 hour security and locked gate. We would definitely stay here again & again. Charleston should really be proud of this park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As per other previous reviews, a well deserving high rated park. Only point loss is for not having WI-FI available at a park that is not cheap. I expect WI-FI to be available & included at any park with a rack rate over $35 these days. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Overall, this place is very nice, as stated in previous entries. Wildlife is abundant, the park and campground are well maintained and clean, the staff are helpful and friendly, and proximity to downtown Charleston is about 7 miles (20 minutes) away. A couple of things I was not too crazy about: this place is very QUIET. Church quiet. Like, almost too quiet. At night, hardly anyone was sitting outside of their camper, few fires going, little laughter, little conversation. So we felt a bit isolated and awkward about making any outside camping noise of our own, which wouldn't have been much fun anyway, because we were so cramped. Do not agree to take Spot #118. It and #119 basically split one proper sized site, in my opinion. Our patio area was so close to the side of our neighbor's motorhome, we felt like we were invading their privacy by even sitting at our own picnic table. Also, their dump pipe was situated very close to us due to the small size of the sites, so every time we walked out the door - Hello, Orange Hose! So, while located in a lovely location, the campsite itself left quite a bit to be desired. I tried to relocate, but there were no openings. To re-cap - 1) make sure you reserve early, and select a large-enough site, and 2) don't bring a loud group with you, because you'll have problems. Beautiful location, but I don't think we'd stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is very nice with allot to offer, the only thing i didn't like was the price if in the 25 to 30 range it would have been a 10. Can't tell you about next time will have to look at my budget. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first time in a county park because we drive a bus with car trailer and are usually too big. They have about 10 pull-thru sites that are long enough for us. Unfortunately they allow travel trailers and fifth wheels to reserve these spots instead of keeping them for big rigs. We could get advance reservations for only 3 nights because of this and got the last available spot - site #1 - which is just as you enter and everyone has to drive by you in both directions so it's noisy. Roads are paved, sites are sand. We loved the miles of biking trails here at the park and it's minutes into Charleston or to Mt. Pleasant. Wifi worked fine. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our 3rd visit to this park. We have always been impressed with its cleanliness. It is constantly being maintained. There are miles of bicycle trails, fishing, boat rentals. This park is located 12 minutes from Charleston. Great location - great place!!!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful park. I loved the trees, walking/biking trails, ponds, swings, picnic areas, pavilions and open space. Still, $40 (Good Sam) is a lot to spend on a campground, especially when it doesn't have cable and the Wi-Fi occasionally cuts out on a whim. It might be justified in warmer weather but not when it's in the 50s. There are extra fees for most activities, including the water park/pool, bike and boat rentals, climbing wall. The restrooms are nice, with four showers and four stalls in each of 2 bathhouses. The showers' water pressure varies. The laundry rooms are outside. There is a lot of traffic noise (including trucks backing up and beeping) starting early in the morning. The playground is undergoing renovations for the next few months. The water activities don't open until May. The shuttle into town or to the beach is $7 round trip and is very convenient. We used it one day and drove in and parked in the RV garage parking on Ann Street (next to the Visitors Center) for $10/day another. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of the best RV parks we have stayed in since we left home from our Outdoor resorts lot in California. The staff is very friendly and the park is really nice and spacious. We meant to stay just two nights and ended up staying for six. Nice biking and jogging trails, the RV sites are long and spacious.The trees are aesthetically pleasing. Very close to down town Charleston. Gated after 10pm and they give you a password to get in that is constantly changing. Great dog park where the dogs can socialize and it's next to a lake, so that if your dog likes swimming he/she can. We are definitely coming back here again. I highly recommend this park! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent park with paved interior roads and gravel pads. Pads were level and well spaced. The county park itself is a gem with biking trails, multiple grassy areas, and much for kids to do. Great access to Charleston -- maybe less than 10 minutes away to downtown and easy access via roads. Watch out for Oak branches along frontage roads, though! The only gripe was the price -- $44 before Good Sam discount. Granted it's a nice park, but that was steep for our taste. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I stayed at this park for the world class Christmas lights that they have. My third trip at Christmas to see them. Great interior roads, gravel/dirt campsites. My only issue with this campground is that the county needs to work on getting concrete pads at least at some sites. However, this is the place to stay when visiting Charleston. We camped here in a Motorhome.
All I can say is “What a find!” We traditionally stay in state parks but research through RVparkreviews led us to this gem. The facilities are impressive from the large, full hook-up sites to the bicycle and hiking trail system, kayak and paddle boat facilities, a playground and water-park which we did not use, and even a dog park. There is freshwater and saltwater fishing, and even a climbing wall. We were here during the Festival of Lights which is an impressive display of over 2 million lights in stunning displays throughout the park. Our site was spacious and there was adequate vegetation between the sites to offer some privacy. The park is close to all needed services and facilities and is only a 15 minute drive to downtown Charleston. We took advantage of the shuttle bus to town. It also runs out to Folly Beach County Park. Personnel were very helpful and gracious. I would definitely rate this as one of the top parks we have visited. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our rate was for a back-in site with the Good Sam discount. This place is fantastic. There aren't any bad sites, but you'd probably want to avoid a buddy site unless traveling with friends. The bicycle trails are great. The Christmas light show is wonderful. The only awkward thing is that during the light show you are supposed to be back at your site by 5:00 pm, or you'll have to wait in line at the gate with the cars waiting to drive through the light show. The park is only 10 minutes from downtown Charleston. I don't give many 10 ratings, but there's just nothing we didn't like about James Island County Park! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Not bad, but for this kind of price I expect paved sites. Or at least gravel. These are dirt and get very muddy in the rain. Sites are large and well spaced. Dog park is not completely fenced so be careful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a great park with walking trails and a dog park. The sites were large and private with lots of trees. We had poor drainage in the site we were in after it rained. We were trying to pull out and the entire back end was standing in 6 inches of water which made it difficult to unhook. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I would like to go later in the year because volunteers were putting up Christmas lights throughout to turn it into a drive-through display, which will be beautiful. I would definitely return to this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only thing that this Park could do better is to trim their trees from side to side and up to at least 15' above the roads. The staff was superb and the work/campers were extremely helpful. We truly enjoyed our stay and the surrounding Charleston,SC area. This County Park offers a wealth of activities for all ages. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a really great city run park. It is close to downtown, in a huge recreational park, and had a world class Christmas light display. The sites are not that level and are dirt. It is one of those parks that picking your site is probably a good idea but because it is so popular you should have reservations. We would definitely stay here again but NOT in site 50/51. I spoke to the campground manager, and it all comes down to city budgets. They are constantly upgrading so each year will be different. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is the second time we have stayed at this park. If you ask about satellite the people making reservations know which sites you will be able to get satellite in. The first time we stayed in a pull through site that was mostly out in the open but this time we have a back-in site that has a wooded feeling to it. They also have strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the park. Quiet park that is still close to the city. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful CG and park.Charleston/James Island great place to visit. When driving to park from north some of the access roads (not in the park) have low hanging tree limbs with moss hanging from them. Our 13'7" MH scraped some and collected some moss - no damage we know of. Coming from south has fewer roads with low branches - might be worth considering for big rigs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The best county park we've ever been to. Sites are all 50 amp with sewer, free wifi, miles of great walking, biking trails (paved), crabbing and fishing dock, near the beach and five minutes from downtown Charleston. A fin water park inside the park during summer, all kids love it. We use the park for medical visits, but enjoy all aspects of it. We highly recommend this park to any and all families. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the second time we stayed here and this is a GREAT place. WiFi has been recently installed and works very well.Bike trails, water park, fishing/crabbing dock and dog park ( with lake) are all top notch. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Roads are paved, sites have dirt pads. Sites have good shade & size (deep). Interior sites back-up to small pond. Nice park with great biking trails, dog park, water park, and close to Charleston. Water park is more for younger kids - splash area, small waterslide, lazy river float, teenagers (ours) may be bored. Hosts offered pancake breakfast. Wifi through-out park. Park well maintained and clean, friendly staff, waited for us when we arrived late. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an excellent campground. It is close to downtown Charleston. There are plenty of activities within the park and around the campground. There is a nice level bike trail and a water park. In addition there is lots of beautiful meadows for some tranquil evenings. It can be very hot in the area and some high humidity. I would go back again. The staff is very friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived very late to this park, after the gate had closed, due to our routing somehow taking longer than we had planned. However, the ranger escorted us right to our site. They had just had a torrential downpour, and many of the sites were unbelievably flooded. We had a site with a shared driveway (and I don't think that was made clear to me when I reserved), so it was a little tight. But our neighbors were friendly and our site was dry. The bathrooms were well-used and seemed not to be very well cleaned. They usually cleaned them around 8:30-9:00 a.m. and it seemed like they needed to push that back to maintain cleanliness more throughout the day. It is extremely humid and muggy in this area, so we didn't spend a lot of time outside. The people were friendly, and the sites were nice. It is tricky maneuvering around this city though due to the many bridges, so watch your routing with your rig. We liked what we saw, but not enough to return to this area again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We could go on and on about the wonders of this park. It is always clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The paved, yes paved bike trails were really nice and probably have a combined run at least three or four miles. My boys loved the fishing and crabbing dock. The playground is huge with a nice splash and play across the big grassy area from it. The free run dog area is very nice; but I will say that you need to be careful there due to some people bringing in dogs that are not that friendly or watched very well by their owners. The sites are plenty big in most cases for big rigs and an extra tent. The water park was crowed but at $7 for campers, it was hard to beat. A really nice surprise was the price of concessions in the waterpark. They were as cheap or cheaper that a lot of fast food places. Another perk for campers was free entry and parking into Folly Beach County park. Only a few dollars but it all adds up. It is no wonder this park is full a lot of the time. We already have reservations there for next year as well. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was our first trip to Charleston and we stayed here 6 nights. It exceeded our expectations. We loved it. Our site was very private. Most were adequately private, with the exception of the joined sites, which are close together. The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The camp store had the basic necessities, along with RV gear, for reasonable prices. Our kids enjoyed biking and renting kayaks and paddle boats, which was only $4 per hour. The dog park is huge! The fishing pier on the marsh is very nice and we saw people catching crab there. We took advantage of the free parking for Folly Beach and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, which is about a 6-mile drive from the park. Otherwise you have to pay $7 per vehicle to visit these sites. The Wi-Fi is fast and strong even on the outer edge of the campground. We hope to return to James Island one day! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a GREAT park if you have kids. It is the nicest campground we've seen in 45 stays over 16 states. There are a good amount of "shared" spaces, which is perfect if you're camping with friends, but if you prefer more privacy, there are plenty of spots. Just call ahead and reserve one. They DO reserve specific sites (we didn't have reservations and had to move in order to stay longer). It's only 10-15 minutes from downtown Charleston (beautiful city!), and about the same from the beach. The Charleston Tea Plantation is about 25 minutes away and very worth visiting (if you like that kind of thing). The park has great walking/biking trails, an off-leash dog BEACH (yes, they can dive in the water all they want), a good playground for kids, a splash fountain play area and an additional fee, Water Park which was TOO much fun. It has all the amenities full timers need (washers/dryers), showers, etc. We can't say enough about it, we loved it, even if it wasn't the most private park we've stayed in. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wonderful park. Great bike trails, fishing, crabbing, dog off leash park, kayaks, paddle boats, climbing wall. Close to historic Charleston. Beach 10 minutes away. One of the best parks we've stayed in. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
James Island County Campground – Charleston, South Carolina - $27 plus tax – Site 34 – water and electricity. This campground run by the county is very interesting and the park itself is huge. Nice bathrooms with activity center, miles of bike trails, camp store etc. The park itself has a number of fields and ponds for everything – dogs, kids, fishing, splash center etc. Our site was on a little pond with a fountain in it near the activity center. We had shade, palm trees, birds and a swing to sit and watch everything. Very nice just make sure you follow the directions from the website not your GPS. They have a shuttle for a fee that takes you to Charleston Visitor Center (they even dropped us off at Fort Sumter) , or to Folly Beach and they are quite close to a Piggly Wiggly and a Wal-Mart. They have primitive sites for those that want to camp in the field without electricity. Their festival of lights at Xmas time is very well known and campers come from all over to spend weeks staying in the park. They are open year round and are full most of the year We camped here in a Motorhome.
Electricity: Good voltage Water pressure: 70 psi Water taste: Pretty decent Laundry: Outdoors! $1.25 wash $1.00 dry Fairly decent machines, fairly modernss WiFi: NO Cable TV: NO 6 stations on TV antenna with booster Site Foundation: Crushed Gravel Site Conditions: Most not level – drainage ruts – just OK at best Good Restaurants in area: The Mustard Seed – great and very reasonable all American food Walmart closeby: About 3 miles away. Not Supercenter. General Comments: I gave this an 8, and that is being generous. Don't know where folks get a 9 and 10. Nice for a county park. Nice and friendly staff, very busy weekends. Lots of kids on bikes, but no problems. Kids have stuff to do. We would come back. Don’t recommend getting mail here. It may go to 3 possible areas of the park, it was like a treasure hunt! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a wonderful county park for camping. The sites are large with trees and paved roads. Depending on the site location satellite TV reception can be had. There is no Wi-Fi or cable TV. Easy access to Historic Charleston. We have stayed here several times when visiting Charleston. Campground can be booked full at spring break and flowers season, and fall during the Christmas light display. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is very nice provided you get a good spot. Some are not good at all. Avoid any of the split or shared sites (seen easily on their online campground map). These sites are ridiculously close together and have zero privacy; and in our case our neighbors sewer connection was 5 feet from my steps. Not good. In my opinion they should eliminate some of those type sites and convert them into singles. Thankfully the friendly, helpful staff worked with us and we moved to a much nicer non-shared site and all was well. The park is very popular and busy. Terrific paved bike trails, lots of stuff to do inside park. Convenient to Charleston. Has a water park, dog park, kayak rentals, climbing wall, and several small ponds with fish. Very pretty place; just get a good spot. One more thing, be prepared to level your rig as many sites not level. We will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a wonderful county park. The campground is adequate. The sites are close together and fairly level. There was some shade available. The park offers many opportunities - a shuttle to the downtown area, climbing wall, lots of paths to walk and ride a bike, a great off leash dog park with access to the lake, kayaks and canoes. The swimming pool complex wasn't open yet but looked inviting. The park is clean, roads are well maintained. Excellent destination location. Will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has to be one of the best campgrounds we have been to. We had a buddy lot that was level and wooded. The dog park is great. You can let your dog run free in a LARGE fenced lot on a lake. This is a good family CG with a rock climbing wall, a splash park, miles of bike trails and kayaks. Charleston is 4 miles away and has all kind of neat stuff to do. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for 2 nights. This is a very nice park with friendly staff. Sites are very large and not too close to your neighbors. Full hookups all worked great. Walking trails were beautiful. We missed the shuttle to Charleston, but getting a cab was easy ($20). Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best County run facilities bar none. Very clean, very green. No WiFi access but my Verizon card worked fine with broadband coverage. If you are looking for a Christmas family spot this is fantastic with the Festival of Lights that they put on. It is phenomenal! We stayed here in a large rig and had plenty of room. Our parents also frequent this park in their Class A with no issues. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is my favorite campground. Even though it lacks WiFi. Very clean, nicely run by the city/county of Charleston. Nice space between sites. Call way in advance to get reservations as this place books up early. We camped there through the Christmas holidays. One word of caution camping during this time. This campground is part of James Island County Park. The park host's "Holiday Festival of Lights". Millions and Millions of decorated lights all through the park. So from sundown to about 10PM nightly, if you want to leave the campground or get back to the campground, plan and extra 30 minutes to get in or out, as everybody in Charleston drives through looking at the lights and traffic is backed up way past the entrance. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My family has spent several had several great trips to James Island. Our most recent trip, just my son and I just went, proved that this is great campground with a even better staff. We were at the park when they had a water main break both in the park and on the main street. The water problem was not the park's fault but they responded excellently. Port-a-johns and large potable water truck were placed at the bathhouses. The park staff also kept us up to date with signs letting all know what was going on. We decided to go ahead and pack up home, we were not that far from home. The staff was very apologetic when we left. I left only a day early and did not not expect a refund. The next week I received a refund from the campground and a certificate for a 1 day free stay. This was not expected but shows the class act of folks at the park and the Charleston County Park System. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Would be a 9.5 if the scoring scale allowed. Minor deductions for 1. No towel/clothing hooks in bath house, 2. Site a little thin on gravel and a bit un-level. Petty items aside this County park is a wonderful facility for everyone. Bicycle paths, playgrounds, and fishing opportunities are sure to delight kids and adults. The huge (including water access) off leash dog area will appeal to the four footed camper in your party. If you remain in the Park you should not run out of things to do. The web site gives a complete listing. The Park is very convenient to historic downtown Charleston via Route 30. The sites are mostly spacious. The park was booked solid when we arrive and our site was next to the dumpster, so I was skeptical. The site, however, compensated for this by being about 100 feet wide with lawn areas on both sides. The dumpster was well screened and the benefit was that we met a lot of people in the process. Even booked solid there is no feeling of crowding in this park. It’s a little more expensive than your average county park but unquestionably worth the price and then some. We would and will definitely return for a longer stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at this great campground for four nights while visiting Charleston. It is easy to locate and real easy to navigate the paved roads.The sites are level, good sized, privacy between sites and friendly staff/guests. I can't think of a negative at all. There is even a " beach" for dogs, and while we don't bring ours, it was fun to watch them romp in the water. We plan to return for a longer stay in this area and will definitely stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff is great. The sites are spacious and clean. This is a great year round park. In the summer there is a water park across from the campground and great crabbing at the fishing dock. Charleston is a great place to visit int he fall or summer. Go in december and enjoy the park wide light show. The traffic during this event keeps you "trapped" but then again who would like to be "trapped" in such a great campground. Park rangers are ever present and the gate is manned or locked (with a code). Great biking park and it has a great climbing wall. Plenty of wildlife. A serene escape not to far from a great small city. We come every year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is the greatest campground! The sites are large, the bathrooms immaculate. The southern hospitality was amazing! Great to walk around and the park had so many activities it took a week to even see them all. A great waterpark just across the way, walking distance, that you get a discount if camping, was wonderful even with a little one. I could walk back to the site for naps and lunch. Grocery store and restaurants short driving distance. Just 10 minutes from downtown and the Pier. The only part negative about the park are the roads getting there. VERY tight and not sure how the motorhomes & big tag a longs made some of the turns. I would go earlier or later in the year since it was too hot for a campfire and we felt stuck inside some of the time due to the heat. But this is a MUST STAY for anyone going to Charleston! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Charleston has a great county park at James Island. We had a pull-through 50 amp site that was large enough to put our slides out and our 21' awning out. Park was near empty because kids were back to school. Only problem was in the pet recreation area. dogs were playing in the pond and there was a gator stalking in the pond. Found out next morning that the gator was caught that evening and removed. Stayed here for four nights in a motor coach. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great base camp for visiting the Charleston area. It is without a doubt the best run municipal park we have ever been to. Waterpark, fishing, crabbing and the beaches are wonderful. A must for anyone visiting the Charleston area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an excellent park. It is a destination park for the locals. It has a very nice water park and is by far the nicest county park that we have ever visited. I would certainly stay here again. If you are in this area, don't miss this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground was nice and well kept. Our site was a pull through that was very long (100ft) and level. The only issue was that we went to Charleston in June and it was very hot with lots of mosquitoes. It was nearby the Splash park which was convenient. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I could not have been more pleased with this campground, unless it had been directly on the beach. The people who worked there were so friendly, the bike paths were awesome, the fishing pier had an amazing view of the marsh, the campground was clean and most of the sites were shaded. The bath house was clean, not spotless, but clean. Quiet hours are enforced. The water park was within walking/biking distance and a great place to spend the day with the kids. And since it is a county park, you can get in all the other county parks for free with your pass. We really enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We just got back today from a 5 day stay at James Island County Park. This was our first time to the park, but not our first time to Charleston. We actually had plans to "see the sights" but only left the campground 3 times! (One was for groceries and the other was to meet family in Myrtle Beach for the day) I can't imagine a better park anywhere. To be honest, I was a little put off by the fact that there is no cable or internet access but, after we checked the place out, we found that we probably didn't have time for such things at this place. The grounds are immaculate and there is a ton of stuff for kids to do. The 10 mph is strictly enforced and the bike trails are fantastic! The water park is perfect for all ages. We thought it was just the right size to relax and be able to keep up with your kids without chasing them around everywhere. Tickets were $6.99 if purchased at the campground (all ages above 2) and $9.99 if purchased at the water park. If you go to the water park after 3:00, the water park sells them for $4.99. (They stay open until 6:00) Be sure to take your fishing gear. They have several great ponds and marshes to cast your line in. There is also a daily activity - none of which we participated in. We stayed on the go constantly. This campground is heavily secured. We had no disturbances the entire week. This is definitely a place where you can let your kids go loose on bikes, within reason, without fear of being mowed down by speeding vehicles. We did not use the restrooms but my husband checked them out "just in case" and found them to be in great condition. We will without a doubt use this park again the next time we are in Charleston. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park, lots of things to do. Very kept up and clean. Sometimes the park is full and we head over the Lake Aire RV Park off Hwy. 17 south on Hwy. 162. It is a pleasant, quieter park. Great pool and people. They had free wireless at the sites and was very clean. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pro: 1. Location. From here you can be either in Downtown Charleston or on Folly Beach in 10-15 minutes by car. 2. Appears to be a nice park overall. Well-maintained. 3. Good campground store. Con: 1. Only a dozen 50-amp hookup sites. They were full when we were there. If you want one of these, you probably have to reserve well in advance. We were in one of the 100 or so 30-amp sites, which is all we need. They were about 50% occupied the 4 nights we were there. 2. No WIFI, if you want a wireless Internet hookup. They did have a dial-out phone line in the rec room that you can connect your laptop modem to, if you want. We used this, but had to wait a couple of times for others to finish. 3. Sites are dirt floor. 4. No-see-ums. They kept me from sitting out under the awning in a lawn chair. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 3 days during the first full week of April. The bathrooms were new, but were not cleaned daily. My wife complained of horrible water pressure in the lady's showers. The men's showers were okay with water pressure. The toilets seemed to not be cleaned daily. The fixtures in the restrooms seem new and there is ceramic tile in them, making them look nice. The overall campgroud was very well kept. The location to Folly Beach and downtown Charleston are big drawing points. Our dog had a good time at the off leash dog park located about a mile from the campground. The 7 I'm giving is due to the restrooms. The gnats at the park are horrible! This of course is not the campground's fault, but even 100% DEET didn't deter them. I would not recommend going in April! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Well run and maintained. Easy access to downtown Charleston. Sites are very level and spacious. Showers and washroom were especially nice. Lots of activities available in season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a super nice campground and park The staff was friendly and very knowledgable about both the campground sites the park and the Charleston area. Everything was clean. We saw a staff golf cart at least once an hour picking up or checking for trash. This park would be great for both sightseers as well as a destination. They have shuttle service to the beach as well as downtown. The water park was not open but the kids would really like it. We did not use the TV but our neighbors said they had great reception. The only problems we had were cell phone service being spotty and the bugs were getting a good start. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful county owned/operated campground. It is one of the nicest parks we've visited, anywhere. They have a super store at the check in office with about everything you could need in a campground, and it's all reasonably priced (guess that's because the county isn't looking at it so much as a profit center). Staff is wonderfully friendly and helpful. Sites are all neat and very clean; gravel pads, but firm and adequate. Most sites are very private. Lots of biking & walking trails, and one of them even leads to a major river where you can walk out on a pier and fish or catch crabs. The showers and restrooms are in new condition and very clean and well equipped. We give this a 9; only reason it wasn't a 10 was the lack of cable TV and all the wooded sites so our satellite didn't work. We'll definitely be back here next time in this area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place is great. Wonderful light show during Christmas season and the RV park offers a ride through it. They also offer a van ride to downtown Charleston in the morning and they pick you up at 4:00. Sandy sites. I don't understand why it is not more fully populated -- especially in the winter when swimming pools aren't warm enough for swimming. I look forward to returning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great family park for camping during the holidays. The campground is on the Trail of Lights route with Santa's Village and a Winter Wonderland right across the street - so many fun things for the kids (and kids-at-heart) to do. A rock climbing wall is within walking distance from the campground and the hike/bike trails are great. The campground itself was very clean and well kept. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It was our first time going to James Island and it won't be our last. This park has a lot to offer all ages. We went for the Christmas lights (our children are grown), but we had so much fun with the train ride and sand castle, and the lights were beautiful. Charleston should be proud to have such a lovely park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice overall campground. No concrete pads. Bath houses were OK, but NOT air-conditioned... a big minus during a South Carolina summer. Friendly staff. Quiet was maintained. Lots of children..a family oriented park. The water park was very nice. 6.99 per person for campers but don't expect it to be like White Water in Atlanta. It is mostly for small kids and adults who want to relax. Nice small camp store. Needs cable, A/C in the bathhouses and pads to be a 10. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful RV park. The sites are large, level, and relatively private. The grounds are immaculate. The shuttle service to the beach and into Charleston is very convenient. There are bike trails, walking trails, and a large swimming pool (with a separate area for children). What we liked most, however, is the huge exercise area for dogs. After sleeping in the back seat on our drive down from Maine each spring, our Welsh Terrier is more than ready for some serious, off-leash, running and frisbee chasing. This is the only park we've seen with an area like this for pets and it's a very nice feature. The dogs get along surprisingly well and all seem glad to just run! The pet area is well removed from the RV sites, so noise is not a problem. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We love camping at this campground. This is the 4the time we've camped here. We love the bike trails and the convenience to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach. We enjoyed the water park which is great for kids under 12 and is very reasonably priced. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our first trip to Charleston and we were pleased with the campground and park in general. If we ever visit Charleston again, we will definitely stay here. Positives: Large spaces Fire rings Paved roads Dog Park Fishing Dock Negatives: No WiFi or cable Pads were semi-gravel/dirt Biting Sand Gnats We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an OUTSTANDING site with paved roads and wooded areas between most of the sites. A few were without trees and close together, but those seemed to be used by folks traveling together or meeting from other places at this site. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Sites were extremely clean with each having its own fire ring and picnic table. My husband went crabbing for the first time and we had delicious crab cakes for dinner one night. It was quiet and peaceful with many birds sights and sounds. There were very few children around as school is not out in this area and Splash Zone had not yet opened for the year. There is much to do for every age here from relaxing, crabbing/fishing, swimming, biking, walking, kayaking, or wall climbing. The dog park and lake for dogs was quite impressive with the dogs swimming and frolicking with each other. Just overall a splendid location. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great place to stay in the Charleston area. Closest to the historic district. One way cab ride is $13. 00 to the historic district. Lots to do in the park also. Bike trails, crab/fishing pier, water park (not open for our visit), climbing wall. Great family park. We stayed on sites 10 and 11 with family. We could have our doors open to each other so we had plenty of room in our little compound. This is a top notch place to stay! Very friendly and helpful staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We don't need sewer so we reserved a water/electric site, when we arrived we were given a water/electric site but charged for a full hook-up site. They explained that even though the spots are about 50 ft deep they don't allow motorhomes (we have a 30 ft class A) in the water/electric sites (an error had been made when we reserved) so we needed to pay the full hook-up price (even though we did not have a full hook-up site) or pay $9 to dump our tanks. Not a lot of money but annoying. In the spirit of full disclosure they should document the $9 dump fee on their website and reservation confirmation letters. Not a bad park, sites level and deep but not overly spacious. Lots of amenities at this park that we don't care about but you really can't beat the location to Charleston. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice family campground, close to Charleston and all it has to offer, and there are also several very nice features in the park itself. The main attraction for us is the water park, which is just across the street from the campground (it requires an admission fee, but is discounted for guests of the campground). It is a very nice water park, particularly for kids 12 and under. We spent a whole day there easily. Also in the park are a climbing wall, a large playground, long biking/hiking trails, fishing pier, and a "dog park". Campground sites were relatively close together, but not terribly crowded. Roads were paved, but our site was not. We've been there twice now, and will definitely go again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped July 28-31, 2005 and this campground was one of the best I have stayed at. So much to do and see. We plan to go back again. All the reviews on this campground are right on. I never found the restrooms or showers unclean. The staff was friendly and they are building a new campground entrance. This looks to be a larger store and a nicer campground office coming in the next few months. Charleston is only a short drive and there is so much to see and do in downtown Charleston. We will be going back here more in the future. I only rated this campground an 8 due to the fact that we camped on a Thursday and Friday and it was 101 degrees on Thursday and 99 degrees of Friday with a heat factor of 115 and 110 this two days. Very HOT. If you go in the summer plan on extremely hot days. I believe cooler weather would make this the perfect place to camp with a family. Water park was very nice and you get a discount if you are a camper. Still cost my family of 5, $37.50 for the day but well worth it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really enjoyed our stay at James Island. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Some of the sites were pretty wet after a hard rain, but it's the lowcountry, that's the way it is. Racoons raided our coolers...took most of our meat. Our fault! Be sure to put all food indoors at night. Even though the grounds are level, the park has made an effort to round off most of the sites, so you will need to level your unit. The waterpark was lovely, something for everyone, but was probably enjoyed most by toddler-to-teen group. VERY friendly park for dog lovers, they even have a doggie park with a lake. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful park for families. This is a very quite campground. There is a huge playground for children, and a "spray play" area that allows children a chance to romp through sprays of water. For an extra fee there is a great water park near by, but often times is crowded with local daycares. The bike rentals are very nominal, and the bike trails take you on many excursions. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I am glad I read the other reviews on this campground. It is everything they said it is. We stayed here for 8 days. It rained half the time and the maintenance crew was out every time opening drains and directing water. Mosquito control was on top of spraying to keep the population down. Litter was picked up everyday. Lots to do here with all the hike/bike trails, fishing, dog beach, water slides, and climbing wall. Beach is close by and your park pass covers the parking fees. Close to all dinning and attractions in Charleston. Very friendly and helpful staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed in site 108, backed up to the parking lot for primitive camping and there just happened to be boy scout camping groups there. So some noise, but quiet bt 10pm (the parks quiet hour). Nice camp store and great shaded sites. Because of limited time we didnt get to see all the park. We are already planning to go back soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The Christmas lights were being strung around the park for the annual parade of lights, yet the staff found time to do daily maintenance and cleaning. We were impressed. We arrived on Sunday and stayed 3 nights. The rain on Monday night was impressive too, raising the level of a drainage ditch to near-fishing levels. We joked about installing pontoons on the PU. There is a wonderful fishing dock in the park, a water park, kid's activities, etc. We will visit this one again, soon. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We camped during the month of June. We found this campground to be a wonderful place to visit. It has a lot of activites. The park itself has miles of bike trails, a small water park (extra fee, but reduced for campers), fishing, free spray water area, play ground, offered pancake breakfast while we were there, crabbing with instructor, carnival for the kids, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and a 50 ft climbing wall (my kids loved this). The bath houses were ok. I think they could have been a little cleaner, but they were fine. The toilet had clogged but by the next day was fixed. The laundry was affordable. I did a load for $2.00 (wash and dry). The staff was very nice. When we arrived someone had parked in our spot and were not there to move. The management wrote them a note about needing to move asap in the morning. They do have a clause that states sites are not guaranteed. We parked in another spot for that night and moved the next morning to our reserved spot. This was a slight inconvience. A follow-up system would have been a nice addition to the campground to avoid these things. It was about 15 minutes from the beach. You can park at the other county park at Folly Beach for free with your campground parking pass. Overall, this is a nice place to camp and be very active. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Best campground we've stayed at. Staff was helpful and friendly, sites were level with
paved interior roads . Lots to do at the campground and in Charleston. They offer a shuttle bus to the city or to the beach for a small fee which was very convenient. We were fortunate to be there for thanksgiving weekend for the festival of lights, it was terrific. I can't say enough positive things about this campground. We will definitely go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground, nice friendly staff, they make you feel at home. Highly recommend this
for overnight or two week stay. Well maincured grounds. Gated entry. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is ok. Most of the sites are fairly private, but because this is a county park, there is no control of people walking through the campground. We witnessed several fist fights between teens outside the rec hall. The toilets in the bath house were out of order for most of the time we were there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Super nice park. Can't say enough about it. Will camp here on our next visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful grounds-water park on premises, fishing pier, walking/biking trails.Our site was on a pond with swings around it to sit in and enjoy the view. 10 minutes to Charleston, or campground has a shuttle.Admission to Folly Beach Park included--8 miles away, gorgeous beach w/great facilities. We will definitely be back. We camped here in a camper.
Excellent family campground inside secure county park. Friendly staff, nice lots and many activities for kids (playgrounds, pools, fishing, water park). Wonderful paved walking, jogging or biking trails. Plan to stay again, longer this time. We camped here in a camper.
We LOVED this campground. About 10 easy miles to Charleston. Plenty to see, do, enjoy in area. Campground itself was a delight - it was our idea of a perfect place to spend one nite or many nites. Staff extraordinarily helpful and sociable. Campground was clean, well manicured, beautifully maintained. Plenty of sites to please everyone's own preferences - Wish I were there... (right now!) We camped here in a camper.
Wonderful campground. Very beautiful. Safe, gated campground. Restrooms
clean. Very friendly staff. Will go there again if in the area. We camped here in a camper.