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“They have primitive sites” 4 of 5 stars
Review of James Island County Park Campground & Cottages

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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“They have primitive sites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

I noticed the first review stated that the park wasn't tent friendly. I think he just missed the huge field where they allow tent camping. there must be 30 sites that back up to a woodland area for a little privacy and shade and there is a small hill or rise at one end so the campsites behind the rise have a little more privacy. It is a bit of a walk to the campground bathrooms but totally maneagble. I have seen the field completely overrun with Boy Scouts but it was entertaining and not annoying. And most of my time is spent at the beach anyway or in Charleston. The tent is just a place to sleep.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Maria W
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Clemson, South Carolina
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249 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
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
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1 Thank SCDad
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Miramar Beach, Florida, United States
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87 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank LucyPorky
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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5 Thank ScottyTraveler
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Orlando, Florida
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45 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 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
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3 Thank gpflug
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Irmo, South Carolina
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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4 Thank gatorbaityogi
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Lexington, South Carolina
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 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
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6 Thank ojusto
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Property: James Island County Park Campground & Cottages
Address: 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412-3107
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > James Island
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Charleston
Number of rooms: 124
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