CP Campground Review – James County Island Park, Charleston, SC
A simply wonderful county park only ~7 miles from downtown Charleston, SC
Note/ Review updated as of last stay Nov 2017
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very nice sites here, with just one main ding. Sites are generally spacious flat, hard-packed dirt sites with large pleasant “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire pits. There are 6 electric/water only sites (#32/#34/#36/#38/#40/#42), some of which are only suitable for smaller rigs, whereas the rest are full hookups (50 Amp/water/sewer) that can handle any rig-size. The campground is green & tree’d providing a very natural setting throughout. Main ding is that *some* of the sites are definitely more spacious/private than others:
- Pull-Through Sites – The Pull-through sites on the left-side (west) loop of the campground (#29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43) are HUGE. These cost $56/night and are some of the nicest sites in the park with lots of space and privacy. Get one of these if you can! Note/ Pull-throughs on right-side (east) loop (#56, 61, 77, 97) lack privacy and are not nearly as nice as those on west-side. I wouldn’t pay premium for these.
- Buddy/Shared Sites – There are 24 sites that share an entrance (#10/11, #18/19, #20/21, #23/24, #50/51, #66/67, #71/72, #78/79, #92/93, #95/96,# 100/101, #124/135) where 2 sites are right next to each other. These cost $49/night and are great for friends traveling together, but lack sufficient privacy if you’re not pals. These were our least-preferred sites.
- Back-In Sites – The remainder of the sites are individual back-ins ($49/night) which are generally very nice indeed providing a good mix of size & privacy. We stayed in one of these and liked it very much.
- Overflow + Other Camping – This campground also offers a large overflow (dry-camping area) where you can stay for $28/night if the main campground is full. The overflow is basically just a large, open green field just north of the main campground, but it has good solar and is nicely quiet. There is also a separate tenting area & 10 cottages for rent.
- Facilities = 5/5
Very nice facilities. Flush toilets and warm showers with separate bench to place your stuff. Facilities are somewhat dated, but were impeccably clean while we were there. Also on-site laundry machines (wash & dry) which worked great while we were there. On-site dump station & water too.
- Location = 5/5
This is the PERFECT location to explore Charleston and the surrounding area. The park itself is huge with lots of green biking & hiking trails. Plus it offers a slew of activities such as playgrounds, outdoor climbing wall, pedal-boat/kayak/bicycle rentals, disc golf, fishing/crabbing, game area (giant chess, bocce ball, horseshoes), volleyball courts, and the Splash Zone waterpark. You could easily spend your whole time here just enjoying the park! In addition you are only ~8 miles from Folly Beach and ~7 miles from downtown Charleston where you will find no end of history, food and sightseeing. For those without tow cars the park even offers a round-trip shuttle service to both Charleston & Folly Beach (fee required).
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
A super spot for doggie. Lots of space in camp as well as miles of paved hiking trails around the park. Plus there is an FABULOUS (and huge) off-leash doggie park on-site where pooch can run around and enjoy both grass, beach & water. They even offer a separate fenced-in small-dog park for those who prefer that. Lots of poo bags throughout the park too. Polly loved it here!
Overall Rating = 4.75
BONUS ALERT = Camp in an awesome green/spacious park just ~7 miles from historic & vibrant Charleston, SC
Video Overview: Want to see it in living color? Watch our ~7:30 min video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLx8kQJxPbY
Summary: We chose this park primarily for its close proximity to Charleston, but it turned out to offer SO much more than that. The best way to describe this park is that it delivers the amenities of a full-service RV resort with the relaxed & green “feel” of County Park. It’s HUGE, covering over 643-acres and offers a SLEW activities & facilities including miles of paved hiking/biking trails, playgrounds, outdoor climbing wall, pedal-boat/kayak/bicycle rentals, disc golf, fishing/crabbing, game area (giant chess, bocce ball, horseshoes), volleyball courts, and the Splash Zone waterpark. In addition there is an AWESOME on-site off-leash doggie park (literally one of the nicest we’ve ever seen) which has large green meadows, beach and water for your dogs to play & roam. The campground itself is located just north of the main public park and has 124 sites in a green/tree’d area. Sites offer full hookups and are generally large and spacious with pleasant “sitting areas”. Main ding is that sites vary somewhat in how private they are with a few of the sites offering great privacy (especially the pull-throughs in the west-end loop) whereas others offer rather poor privacy (especially the “buddy sites” that share an entrance -> we did not like these). Overall however it’s wonderfully quiet/green here and so relaxing that you could easily spend your entire time just hanging around in camp and enjoying the park. For sightseeing the proximity to Charleston & Folly Beach couldn’t be better (less than 8 miles to each spot) and you’ll be able to enjoy everything there is to see & do in those areas without much driving at all. We were lucky enough to score almost a week at this County Park, and although it’s more $$$ than we usually pay we absolutely LOVED the stay. Great park, great town, great experience. We’d come back here in a heartbeat.
NOTE/ At the time of this review this park only accepts phone reservations (no online reservations) so make sure to call ahead for a site. The park *does* offer a large overflow/dry-camping area if the main campground is full, so you can always ask for that while they put you on the waiting list for a regular site. Also be aware that the Christmas Light Celebration here is a HUGE event (starts ~mid-Nov) and makes the park even more popular during that time. The lights are amazing & well worth seeing if you get the chance!
Extra Info: Free on-site WiFi, but it was not really usable most of the time. Stable, good cell signal (2 bars Verizon LTE, 1-2 bars ATT LTE). 124 total sites, 6 sites with water/electric only whereas remaining are 50A FHU (water/electric/sewer). Sites cost $56/night (pull-throughs FHU), $49/night (back-ins FHU), $45/night (water/electric only). Overflow area (dry-camping only) costs $28/night. On-site dump station.SPONSORED LINK:
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