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“Nice Campground; Not Geared Toward Tent Campers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of James Island County Park Campground & Cottages

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871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412 (James Island)   |  
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South Carolina
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Nice Campground; Not Geared Toward Tent Campers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Like most campgrounds (other than some state parks), this is really a campground for RVs and pop-ups. But you can still work it with a tent, as we did. You just have to deal with the fact that your "pad" is gravel.

Other than that, the place is quite nice. There's a nice pond where you could hear lots of frogs at night (when we visited) and lots of attractions plus the whole park and water park and such surrounding. And unlike most campgrounds, there is actually a place where non-RV campers can wash their dishes, but you have to look for it in the rec room. It's no Hunting Island or other coastal state park, but it is quite nice.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Miramar Beach, Florida, United States
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

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 wifi was unusable (and we have a wifi ranger, wifi 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 moved on April 7th to Oak Plantation on John’s Island and would recommend this campground over James Island Park. Particularly for big rigs.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Just came back from 4 days of camping at this beautiful campground. My granddaughters loved the climbing wall and playground. Nice hiking trails and great biking. Laundry and bathroom facilities were great. Will surely make a return trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at James Island County Park. There is a lot to do including a wonderful jogging/bicycle trail, kayaking, and a climbing wall. The park staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We camped in the primitive campground which consisted of a large grass field under the high power lines. There were flush toilets but no showers, a bit pricey ($30. per night). The no-see ums bothered us every night around sunset but no bugs at any other time. On our last morning someone decided to mow the grass in our campsite at 7am. We woke up to a large mower with in two feet of our tent. Next time we will rent one of the wonderful cabins offered.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Irmo, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

We stayed at the James Island County Park Campground in mid February. It was a beautiful campground and the bathrooms were very clean. The hiking/biking trails were very nice and look forward to many return trips to check out Charleston.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, South Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

James Island park and campground is one of the BEST camping facilities we have visited. They are ALL about providing an exceptional experience to the family. Activities for kids, adults, crabbing, cycling (bikes for hire), waterpark, shuttle service, more, more, more. You cannot go wrong with this home away from home.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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74 hotel reviews
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528 helpful votes 528 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This park is close to everything if you like charelston.The sites are fairly large with some privacy I would not call it a lot of privacy unless you usaly do the large RV parks. the sites have power,water,sewer, fire ring and free WiFi but no pay phone ???.The washrooms are clean.The only issue is we are staying during the light festival.The music start at 4.30, the 3-4 thousand cars per night show up at 5.30 and crawl through the park untill 10.30-11pm just a short distance from the campsites.The campers if you leave off the campsite area after 5.30 pm expect at least 1 hour to get back to the campground as you are in the same lineup of all the cars going through the great light show.The bathroom in the mornings had no lights at all when we complained we where told they would fix the timer two days later we complained again as no lights at all in the morning just a pitch black washroom,over all a nice park with the good sam discount around $42.00 a night. We stayed for 6 nights

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > James Island
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Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Charleston
Number of rooms: 124
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