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Overall good experience with this campground. The ranger was super sweet and helpful. We enjoyed the trails, and they were nice and easy to get through and just long enough to feel like you got a bit of hiking in. They offer rentals for John boats, paddle boats, and kayaks for a very reasonable cost. We rented two paddle boats and had a blast (it was exhausting though). There is wifi at the office and meeting building, which came in handy for communication since cell service was spotty at best.
The sites are kind of on the smaller side and close, so if you are bringing a large camper it might be a challenge. There were lots of campers, so it's definitely doable though. We were in a tent so the pad size was perfect for us. The pad is mostly sand over clay, rather than gravel, which was great with the tent. The sites have power and water. Lots of trees, so it's perfect if you have hammocks. They also sell fire wood on site, if you need it.
My only minor complaints were the bathrooms, office hours, and wasps. The bathrooms are clean and fully functional but oddly proportioned so the showers and stalls are really cramped but the sink area is huge. The office is only open a couple hours a day, which was understandable but inconvenient. There were a lot of wasps around the fishing pier and the boats. Didn't have any problems with them in other areas or at the camp site, so that was good at least.
All in all, the trip was very enjoyable and we look forward to going back to Barnwell as well as making our way through the other state parks.
Oct 26-28, 2021. Site#6
Campground was very quiet, relaxing. Campground has 30 sites and was full the weekend of our visit. Only negative to the park, although somewhat centrally located, there is only one bathhouse for the campground.
Sites 1-20 get the morning sun, 21-30 get the afternoon sun. Trees provided good shade. Our site was fairly level, no boards needed.
Firewood was available at the office and campground host site. The office staff was very welcoming.
Definitely one of the better parks we have camped.
We had site 32 right on the water, this site is a little tight but the scenery totally makes up for it, although the sites are not on top of each other just this particular site is close to the street and is a tight squeeze for anything I would say over 26ft. We absolutely will be back to this well kept piece of heaven
The campground was fine. Hookups were accessible and Mike the office manager was easy to work with. The pads for the back in smaller campers were sandy with a concrete pad next to it. The sand was impossible to keep out of the RV and we continuously had to sweep. There were also no fire pits or communal areas / playgrounds, so it was difficult to keep our toddler entertained. Served it's purpose as a one night stay but not great for longer term
We stayed in site 25 for 2 nights (Th and Fr) in early Dec. The campground was pretty empty on the Thursday night but was full on Friday night. Even when full, the campground was pretty quiet. There is a playground and picnic pavilion across the road from this site. There is a streetlight right in front of this site - maybe the only one in the campground. Our RV blocked most of the light from our picnic area, but thought it worth noting if you like star gazing or want a darker site at night. The bathroom/shower is pretty small but was heated. Firewood available from the camp host. We walked the trail from the campground to the mill and did part of the red trail - not amazing trails but definitely pleasant walks without needing to drive. Beautiful sunset views from this site. Would definitely stay here again. (If you’re traveling alone, be careful to not book the “buddy sites” which we almost did - sites 17 & 18 I think?)
A lot of the sites are on the waters edge and offers beautiful views. The red clay was horrible though, especially with a white dog and after it rained. We had site 145, beautiful views but difficult to maneuver into the site and access the water, but we made it work. We would return though. Site 144 and 143 had gorgeous views of the sunset…I’ve heard 108 and 77 are prime spots. Be aware of booking a site and how you’re awning will face! Bathhouse is about 1/2 mile away, so too far to walk when you have to go. Not many bathhouses either so there was a line for the shower (only 2 shower stalls and 3 toilets for at least 75 campsites with the tent sites included). Only 2 single access dump stations for the entire park, so there was a line of 8-10 campers at both on a Sunday morning!
Small campground, but awesome sites. Level and clean concrete pad. Nice picnic table provided. Full hookups and all have a view of the water even if you aren’t right on a water site. Very spacious sites with plenty of room. Bathrooms are clean and tiled. The water saver shower was a little strange at first as I had not seen one like it before. Push button that stays on for like 30 seconds. You have to keep pushing the button, but it wasn’t too bad. Two washer and dryers in front of the bathrooms that are free to use. Plenty of walk area for dog walks. No playground or frills but we personally don’t need those things and really enjoyed this campground.