South Carolina

South Carolina Trip Journals

Canadys Colleton State Park This is a small state park about 3.5 miles off I-95 via exit 68. All roads and sites are dirt and were muddy during our visit. We had planned to stay here one night, but quickly learned this CG is not really suited for 40’ RVs though they have a couple sites that indicate it can handle them. We were assigned site 1 (handicap site) but we could not get level. It looks like we are level, but we are not and to get there with just our stabilizers we would have had to raise our rear tires off the ground…. so we left. Normally we have our orange levelers to help us, but we forgot them this trip. groan But it was raining and more rain was predicted creating an even muddier mess in the morning so we felt it best to leave. Getting out was a challenge. Roads are narrow, and wind in and out thru the trees with many ruts.

Conclusion - Probably an OK CG for smaller RVs provided it is not raining. A busy road and railroad tracks were nearby and in just 1/2 hour (the duration of our stay) it was already a nuisance. I did not check out any other facilities so this rating is merely a reflection of the road and site limitations for our size rig. We could not get local stations on the regular antenna and of course our roof top satellite did not work. On our way out 3 different campers had dogs roaming around with no leash. We would not return to this campground.

10/08 - No Stay Rating 6

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Charleston James Island County Park This popular campground is about 15 minutes from 207967-430877-thumbnail.jpg
Site 58
Charleston’s historic downtown and 30 minutes from the big plantations. The park is filled with family oriented activities - water park and splash zone, paddle boats, rock climbing wall, huge bike/walking trails, off leash area for pets. 201966-435535-thumbnail.jpg
Fabulous Bike Trails
The campground roads and bike trails are nicely paved. Lots of trees and shrubs for privacy. $27.90/night, water, 50 amp, no cable or WiFi.

Conclusion - Three beautiful bike trails (our favorite part of the CG) - over 1 mile each. Good location to all the attractions around Charleston. While the interior roads and bike trails were wonderful - the CG sites need some TLC. Sites are quite weedy and trees and bushes need to be trimmed (including over roads). Sites could use a fresh layer of gravel. We could not get satellite connection but could have if we had a portable unit.

07/06 - Rating 9

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Hilton Head Outdoor Motorcoach Resort This Class A only “ownership”resort is not207967-175771-thumbnail.jpg
Site 351 (2004)
far from the popular tourist spots - such as Harbor Town yet nestled in a heavily wooded area and so beautiful. It looks like a park - large oak trees, palms and flowering shrubs are everywhere and many owner lots are nicely landscaped with patio furniture which you are allowed to use. Renters ride through the park upon arrival and choose a site from those available then resort staff guide you to the site and help you back in. 201966-437413-thumbnail.jpg
Site 335 (2006)
We have visited this resort twice now - once in 2004 and in July of 2006. Owners are doing a fabulous job updating their sites. Many are redoing the site pads with stamped concrete or pavers and adding lots of plants for more privacy. The 2006 rate and basic amenities - $53/night water, 50 amp, cable - free WiFi but signal was weak.

Conclusion - Top notch place.All amenities available to renters except the exercise room. Paved roads make it a nice place to take walks or ride your bike.We stayed in site 351 in 2004 and 335 in 2006 - both in front of a pretty pond with a fountain. Nice laundry facilities.Great pool and hot tub.

04/04 - 07/06 - Rating 10

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Lexington Barnyard RV Park - This campground is about 2 hours West of Myrtle Beach off US 1 not far from I-20.201966-244586-thumbnail.jpg Trees on the sites are small so if your looking for shade you might be disappointed.It is close to a flea market so entertainment here might be shopping. $22/night, water, 30/50 amp, cable. Propane service next door. We stayed here in a rental RV and this pic is part of a scrapbook I made of that trip — but hopefully you can see the pic if you click to enlarge.

Conclusion Great overnight spot. Owners very nice - site was very level and easy in/out. Tom used the shower - had a combination for security and said it was very clean.Most sites are pull through - long and wide.

04/04 - Rating 8.5

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Longs WillowTreeRV Resort This resort,about 14 miles west of Myrtle Beach, has 100+ full hookup sites that are 201966-291108-thumbnail.jpg
Site 8 - March 2006
huge and nestled in the tall trees or set along side a gorgeous lake. 40 of these sites are fairly new - added the end of 2006. We have stayed here twice — once for 3 weeks in the Spring of 2006 (Site 8 & 16) and for a month in December 2006 (site 17). The resort property is massive and absolutely beautiful - far away from major highways - tall trees line the perimeter.  Entrance to the park is off 905 - 1 mile back - a beautiful drive. The lake path is 1 mile and marked in feet. Canoes, paddle boats and a few golf carts for rent.201966-588014-thumbnail.jpg
Site 17 - Dec 2006
The bathhouse consists of 8 separate rooms (1 handicap accessible)with separate doors with deadbolt locks. Stool and sink, large fiberglass shower with 2 seats, wood bench and shelves in changing area.  Large lights at each door - so campsites near here might not like the bright lights at night. 201966-304213-thumbnail.jpg
Site 16 - March 2006
Our rates were not typical of a normal stay due to our extended stays and seasonal rates in effect - so I’m not including them. Water, 50 amp, WiFi worked great in the Spring but in December - it rarely worked at all. A new system was being installed at the time — hopefully they have that problem fixed now.

Conclusion Though the premium and lakefront sites are really expensive - they are spectacular. 201966-611349-thumbnail.jpg
View from Site 17
The bike/walking paths are outstanding. We had fires most every night, watched the sunrise and sunset - loved listening to the birds singing in the morning. Is this heaven?  Their website has pics of every campsite.

03/06 & 12/06 - Rating 10

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Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach Travel Park This campground is huge (probably over 900 sites). Some sites are in 201966-865552-thumbnail.jpg
Site 413
wooded areas, some around a large fishing lake but most are in the open sun .Each site has shelter with a picnic table like in the picture. There is a large pool/lazy river, nice campstore, large laundry and a few new bath houses. $42/night water,30/50 amp and cable.

Conclusion - Great place if you get a good site. Our 1st visit to this campground - we requested and got a lovely oceanfront site - #413.No golf carts at this place - one reason why we picked its over others in this area. On the north end close to shopping.

04/04 - Rating 9

Note: We were lucky to get the oceanfront spot.  If we had anything else in the rows and rows of sun spots, I’d not give this place a 9..probably an 8.  We like atmosphere & lodged between other RVs in the bright sun is not appealing to us.

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St. Matthews Sweetwater Lake Campground This is a 50-site ma and pa campground not far off I-26 via exit 139. I found this by looking for places near Orangeburg on the rvparkreviews website. The reviews seemed promising so we gave it a shot. 50 amp, water. Dump station. $20/night via drop box honor system. Owner’s home is at the end of the lane but we never saw them.


Conclusion - Great place for overnight. To my knowledge there is not much available along this route until you get closer to Columbia. $20/night - what a deal and a great view. Sites were grassy and sloped a bit towards the road. We were able to level easily with our stabilizers. We could not get any local stations and our roof top satellite did not work — probably because of the big tree opposite the road. Sigh We could have moved to another site, but we just chose to watch movies instead.

We’ll sure remember this place — easy in and out and I’m guessing they’ll always have availability since it doesn’t appear to be listed in any campground books. The sites are lined up parallel with the private road (approx 1/2 mile) which makes a great walkway for some exercise.

10/08 - Rating 8.5

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Pendleton Twin Lakes This is one of 9 COE campgrounds on Lake Hartwell is about 10 miles off I-85 taking US 201966-454034-thumbnail.jpg
Site 22
76. The CG is not far from Clemson University and a popular spot for alumni during football season. Interior CG roads in great shape and very wide. Sites are a good size and tucked in the trees — many directly on the lake. 201966-454035-thumbnail.jpgLots of activity on the lake as you would expect. Many campers tied their boats up behind the sites — (small ones). $20/night, water, 50 amp, dump station.

Conclusion - One of our favorite CGs so far — largely due to the waterfront site we had. The CG roads good for bike riding — a few hills exist so you can get some exercise. Checkout this link to get pics of every site.

07/06 - Rating 10