Campground Review: The Campground at James Island County Park – Charleston, SC

Father’s Day weekend of this year (2016) we camped at the Campground of James Island County Park. We have wanted to camp here for awhile, but with all great campgrounds you have to plan in advance to get a site. I believe I booked this site back in March as well.

This campground is awesome. It has 124 sites and 10 vacation cottages. It’s an example (as others have said) for all State and County Parks, for how awesome they could and should be. We have stayed lately at some great state/local parks but this one takes the cake. You really don’t have to leave (or ever want to leave) the campground.

We stayed in Site 22, which was a back-in spacious and private site. What attracts us most with State/County Parks is it usually costs a good amount less to camp at them and the privacy of the sites. We love being with people but it is so relaxing when you can just be in your own site and feel like you are in the middle of no where. This campground did a great job when forming their sites with leaving just the right amount of trees to give you privacy and shade and taking away the right amount of trees to not make you feel like you are in a cave. We stayed in a full hookup, back in site it cost $43 a night. All sites have electricity and some are full hookups and some are only water and electric. The sites come with a picnic table and fire ring as well.  There is a dump station at the campground free to campers located at the exit. You do need to call the campground to make reservations, but the cool thing about this campground is that they have a picture of every campsite on their website. So that can give you a nice feel of the campsite before you book.

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There is so much to do at this campground. First of all there are a ton of hiking, walking, biking trails – so especially if you have a bike getting around this campground is a breeze. They have activities going on at all times in the campground. We participated in Bingo one day.

Here’s some pictures of the walking/biking trails:

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IMG_3988James Island Country Park is a park for the locals (with a campground in it) so there are a lot of things to do at this park if you lived in the area like visiting the HUGE water park. We did not visit the water park this time because Liam was satisfied with the splash pad and playground. Entrance to the water park costs extra, but if you’re staying at the campground you can enter the water park at the reduced locals rate, which is nice. (Locals rate $9.99; non-local general admission $11.99)

The park has a LARGE, biggest I’ve ever seen dog park – wow. You’d be a lucky dog if you’re a dog taken here. 🙂 Here’s pictures of the dog park:

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Like I said we visited the playground and the splash pad in the park which were both pretty big and made Liam one happy little camper.

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The campground is about 20 minutes driving from Charleston which is so awesome. We have been to Charleston several times and love it, but this time we really just wanted to stay at the campground. We did take a quick ride out one afternoon and drove around Charleston for a little bit. If you don’t want to drive into Charleston they offer a shuttle for $10 a person. That shuttle service can also take you to some of the nearby beaches.

This campground is about two hours away from our home and we hope to visit it many many times in the years to come. It definitely got two thumbs up from us.

If you have any other questions about this campsite/campground visit or any other campgrounds we visited please do not hesitate to leave us a comment/question in the comments section below.

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