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James Island County Park Campground

871 Riverland Dr, South Carolina 29412-3107 USA

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“Enjoy true natural beauty”

We invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of James Island County Park, with year-round enjoyment for the entire family. Just a short drive from downtown Charleston, the 643-acre park offers an abundance of exceptional recreation offerings and natural beauty. Admission allows you to enjoy grassy open meadows, saltwater fishing* and crabbing, a seasonal spray play fountain area, miles of paved trails for walking, biking, and skating, picnic spots with tables and grills, off-leash dog park, sand volleyball court, horsehoe pits, and a park office providing information and passes.

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73 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.3 Access
4.8 Location
4.8 Cleanliness
4.3 Site Quality
4.5 Noise

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Reviewed by
cwlady

  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

Excellent park, very friendly, well maintained. Sites are flat and large. Wifi excellent. No cable but you don't need it, we got plenty of channels without it.

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 11, 2015
Rated

We may have had one of the best spots in the campground. Some of the others look very close to each other, but we had a wall of trees on either side of us in #26. This place fills up quickly and were full when I tried to reserve about 6 weeks prior, but I am very glad I asked if they had a waiting list. The alternative was a commercial campground that packs them in. Very beautiful, huge, well-kept park with: full hookups, miles of paved bike trails, fishing pier, climbing wall, big dog park on lake so dogs can swim, cabins, conference center, camp store, open air laundry with rocking chairs for waiting, $10 round trip shuttle to Charleston (traffic is awful so take the shuttle) and Folly beach, splash zone, playgrounds, picnic shelter, wifi (we used our own mifi). It is extremely well kept and feels pretty new. Although the campground was full, the park itself did not feel crowded. We were there early April, with few mosquitoes, but bring your bug spray (I recommend the natural mission essentials one they sell in the camp store, locally made, worked well). Grocery stores, etc very close. It was breezy at times, so carry light jacket. A lot to do in the Charleston area. This is not roughing it.

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Nightly Rate: $39.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: 26

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

March 10, 2016
Rated

After traveling to beat a storm, we pulled into James Island County Park to find an absolutely pristine oasis draped in spanish moss. We had only booked for two nights, but we immediately wanted to stay longer. When checking in the let us know about a promotion of 30% off a stay of 7 days or longer. We knew we needed to take advantage of this and extended our stay.
There is rock climbing, paved trails, an amazing playground where friendly locals bring their children. It is close to downtown Charleston, Folly Beach and a fairly short drive to Magnolia plantation.
My only negative was that their laundry facility is outside. At least they have laundry!!

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Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

March 28, 2016
Rated

We did not want hookups but were told we had to have them if there were sites available. The park is very nice with very large sites. The bike trail was really nice, all paved. about 3 miles of paved trail. Wifi was iffy, they have a shuttle into Charleston for $10.00 per person. The traffic is horridness. It also rained the 3 days we were there.

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Nightly Rate: $50.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 61

3 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 18, 2016
Rated

This place is huge. Lake, boat ramp, bike trails, water park, big playground and ropes course. There was an Outdoor Festival while we were there with kayak and paddle boards to demo and I gather they have a lot going on at other times.

Campground is well kept and organized along a few manicured loops. A few laundry machines located outside at the bathhouses worked well. We had a full hookup site. No complaints!

15 mins or so to Charleston and actually a lot to do on James and Johns Islands as well or out at Folley Beach. Don't miss the Saturday Farmer's Market in Marion Square and a stroll down hip King St. We went out to see the 400 yr old Angel Oak too. Look up the Red Hen or Low Tide Brewing to stop on the way back.

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Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 57

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

December 27, 2016
Rated

Overall, this park was very nice and we enjoyed our stay. The location can't be beat, as it was just a short 15 minute drive to downtown Charleston, and the park is very pretty with lots of hiking trails and other activities.

The sites are generally pretty nice, with a lot of foliage between them which gives a sense of privacy. Unfortunately, because we booked later than usual, the only site they had available was one of the "buddy sites." These sites are basically two sites next to one another that share a common entrance. While it wasn't terrible, given how nice the regular single spots are, it felt pretty cramped.

I think it would be fine if they offered these sites at a discounted rate, but to charge people almost $50 per night for such obviously less desirable spots, just seemed a bit wrong. Assuming we could get a regular spot, we would stay here again.

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Nightly Rate: $48.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: -

Reviewed by
edc1951

  • 77 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 05, 2017
Rated

Would that we had had more time to spend here (and Charleston) and that we had not had to put down our lovely dog last December, as she would have loved it here.
I was a bit apprehensive having read some reviews online telling of canceled reservations and rude staff so was happily surprised when our reservation was there (I had a receipt) and the staff some of the most helpful and gracious that we've encountered. We were greeted at the main gate of the park and directed to the campground office (there is a small camp store there, too) where we registered. And what a place. Were we the type to spend a lot of time in campgrounds when we are "on the move" this would have been one to do so but we have a bit of a schedule to keep to and are trying to at least hit some spots going up the eastern seaboard.
There is so much to do here with seemingly MILES of trails and bike trails winding throughout. And the dog park! Dog heaven! We watched dogs romping and cavorting on the beach and in the water, and on the grass of their special off leash area. Every dog owner we encountered said their dogs were exhausted and happy.
Our site, #81 was mostly private. It's the missing star as, while we had a bit of space and some small bushes between us and #80, on the other side we had an open area between us and #82. Being a friendly lot all of us RVers greet each other anyway so it wasn't a big deal but I did notice that some of the spots in the 90s looked far wider and much more private. But, other than that we could not have asked for a better place.
Had we chosen to drive to Folly Beach it was nearby but we spent our time in Charleston which was really convenient. There was a supermarket 5 minutes drive from the campground.
The bathrooms were clean, the showers good and we had good cell reception. There were kids on spring break so we heard them playing into the evening and that beautiful sound was the only one we heard other than birds chirping in the early morning.

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edc1951 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $38.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 81

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 04, 2017
Rated

I booked this site on my way in from leaving Beaufort. Site 60 was right behind the office, but surrounded by trees. It felt very private and I had a great view. This park really had much to offer. It felt like a state park. There were kids biking, people walking and there is a another section with a big pool. Restrooms were large and clean. I regret that I could only stay for a night, but I would stay here again.

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Nightly Rate: $38.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 60

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise
  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 18, 2017
Rated

Camped there Saturday night on a weekend trip away from the city. Drove with our city car and chose to camp at the Primitive Tent Site since we didn't need much more than a spot for the Tent and a fire ring. The park has 2 camping areas: full RV sites and a small field for tents only. The field is separated from the RV camp and has a separate big parking area. You leave the car and choose any free spot. First come first served. There were trees for shade, picnic tables, fire rings, bathrooms. We were lucky bc there weren't many other campers but still got to experience a whole lot of noise from one camp making a party around the fire at 2 am... Lots of mosquitos in mid-September but not too bad.

With so many picnic tables and fire rings at the field it looks like it can get really packed. But good location, 30 min to Folly Beach and to Charleston.

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roadtripper816836 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: Primitive Tent Site

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
2 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 12, 2018
Rated

Tree limb clearance issues on the roads leading to the county park had us cancel our reservations. The tallest RV we notices within the campground was 12’2” (I asked the owners), so RVs that are around that height should ideally not have an issued navigating the roads to the county park and within the campground. Our challenge is that we are just over 13’4” (with solar panels on the roof) and we could not find a route that had trees trimmed high enough, so we could safely travel to the county park. We thought we would be “ok”, but choose to stay at an area campground for a few days prior to our county park reservations, to make sure. The route that the county park campground suggested (and someone staying within the county park also confirmed), for the best for tree limb clearance, was traveling down Folley Rd/171 to Camp Road and then taking a right onto Riverland Drive to reach the county park entrance. We drove down those roads and various others (solely in our truck), without finding a route we were comfortable we could safely travel on when towing our fifth-wheel RV.
We did drive past our reserved sites 31 and 37, which looked like they could have easily fit us.
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Travel Route to Park: The route to the county park that has the best tree limb clearance is traveling down Folley Rd/171 to Camp Road and then taking a right onto Riverland Drive to reach the county park entrance. Note: There is currently ongoing construction on Camp Road, which could make the right hand turn off of 171 to Camp Road complicated for longer RVs (alt. drive past Camp Road and make a U-turn in the Walmart parking lot; this will enabling you to turn left onto Camp Road from 171).

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Nightly Rate: $55.00

Days Stayed: -

Site Number: 31, 37

1 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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James Island County Park Campground

871 Riverland Dr
South Carolina
29412-3107 USA
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Sites Count
124
Last Nightly Rate
39.0
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24.0
Back In RV Sites Count
25
Standard Tent Sites Count
10
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15
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
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