Sunset Bay not only has a lot of different things to do, but the space to do it in. There are well-designated spaces within the park to gut fish and look stuff up in an interpretive center, and beaches, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts and hikes just outside. We biked in and didn't miss a beat. Bring your drone. The only issue is that you feel a bit packed in at the sites. There are a few out-of-the-way spots, but in most, you might be negotiating with your neighbor as to where the borders lie. This place was built before giant SUVs came around. And everything's right by the campground roads. So - it's hard to gauge how respectful your neighbors are on a night-by-night basis and how much the in-park stuff gets overrun by crowds. That said, the large vistas and deep green ('make your trees look like happy trees') will ensure that you'll have a good time.
The experience was more like camping in your backyard, with crowded, close sites fenced off from most of nature (creek).
Pros: Clean bathrooms and firewood available. Short drive/walk to Sunset Bay, were you can catch a beautiful sunset on the beach.
Cons: Crowded and noisy. Although our site was creek side, a chain linked fence separated us from exploring nature. Probably more suitable for a family with small children.
Tips: Go to Sunset Bay.
The campground itself is within walking distance to the beach. I especially loved the safe walking trail that includes a tunnel that goes under the road and keeps beachgoers away from traffic completely. Bathrooms were clean (no showers avail due to Covid) and hosts were pleasant. We were able to buy firewood on-site. Sites are close together, but there is a lot of vegetation and trees throughout, so you still feel like you have some privacy. First time staying here and we can’t wait to return!
A great place, very close to the ocean and very beautiful. Tent sites are $19 and pretty close together and small. We only stayed for one night and we got there when it was dark. Very busy for the end of November. Super rainy but that’s not the camps fault. Showers were hot and the bathrooms were nicely kept 😎
We didn’t stay at the campground, but we drove through to check it out. We visited offseason (October) so the interpretive center was closed, and there were lots of open spots available. It’s shady and off the road, but the spots are fairly close together. The yurts looked great, but had very little privacy. It might feel very crowded and busy in the summer months. Everything was clean and tidy. It would be a good landing place if you’re wanting to explore Sunset Bay and the surrounding State Parks.
Clean campground with open sites. Easy walk to bay! Beautiful sunsets
This campground has everything and more! My only regret is making this the first campground in my family’s camping experience, the bar was set way high! There is a botanical garden, tide pools, swimming beaches, and very importantly, clean showers and bathrooms! It is so picturesque, it almost looks fake. There is a lighthouse that makes noise at night so I recommend earplugs to sleep. I wish I was closer to visit again.
I have been frequently this campground for 20 years and although a lot has changed in that time this campground seems to stay wonderful. Campsites are nicely maintained and practically on the beach with nearby hiking trails and pet friendly beaches. Campsites are pet friendly and nice sized with fire pits and picnic benches. Bathrooms and showers located nearby and the entire campground is very peaceful.
Pretty campground surrounded by large, old trees. Sites are small and close together, so limited privacy. I was able to show up and get a site for the night no problem. The roads are very narrow, so it might be difficult for large rvs to park. Close to the beach & perfect for tidepooling!
This is a great family campground. Walk to the beach on a nicely maintained foot trail, and there are other trails that wind through the trees. Close to Charleston harbor where you can go crab or fishing.