Camp in a very busy location outside of Charleston. Not very big, but cool if passing through.
We were put next to a camper running an auto repair shop out of his campsite. The rules we were given upon settling here clearly state that campsites are to be maintained in"a safe and orderly manner and… keep it camping." The rules further state that any and ALL external items must be"camp related(grills, lawn chairs, coolers, bikes.)" Since when are using pneumatic power tools, power saws and hammers"keeping it camping or camp related?" This mobile auto repair shop, as his business is so named on his trailer, operates about six feet from the bedroom in our camper where we sleep. The other day when I complained the management told me they would"talk to him" but they never showed up to talk to our neighbor and he continued hammering and drilling away from 7am until 10pm that night. Apparently the campers surrounding this guy have no rights; only the auto shop owner has rights here. There is a reason auto repair businesses are only allowed to operate in industrial zoned areas. I never realized campsites can be operated in these environments alongside an industrial business. It's disappointing enough for the local campground manager to allow one camper to trample the rights of the other campers, but when the KOA corporate response is to hide behind broken rules and passing the buck to the local manager, that's pathetic. Maybe the managers are intimidated by the picture of an assault rifle with threats to deter visitors that this guy has posted in his window. Not many nationally known companies would allow a local manager to sully their name and run such a trashy operation, but it appears KOA is an exception. Not only is the noise ridiculous, but this campground has not had functional public toilets and showers since before we got here and will not have them operational in the near future. This place also has the worst wi-fi reception of any place we've stayed. We are full-time campers and if this is how you treat your guests, KOA will be dropped to the bottom of our list when seeking future accommodations.
I agree with the other reviewer. My opinion is very strong about this place but will try to stick with facts. If you have to stay overnight due to traveling through, this would be adequate. A lot of the campers are there for work and are more permanent. Not super family friendly of a campground. Even though we visited at the beginning of December, it appeared unkept. Unsure what it would be like in the spring/summer. Dirty is how my husband and I described it. Most of the “roads” are paved which works out nice for a stroller. The dog park is a fenced in area only with swing, trash can and picnic table. They do not allow dogs to be tied up. In their words “must have an owner attached”. We have a 90lb Lab and 4 lb Yorkie. During the day, if the weather is nice, the dogs prefer outside on most occasions, as are we. The lab is not aggressive in the slightest bit and doesn’t bark without reason or at all. We received a warning from the campground via a note on the door for him being outside on a short lead to be within their rules. Never mind the yappy other dogs in the park where owners stroll through multiple times a day and allow their dog to poop on your campsite without cleaning it up and other better hidden sites with dogs tied up. The biggest part of the warning that frustrated me was that I wasn’t told directly. Instead I saw the lady comping through the site and asked could I help her (she stuck the warning on the door) even though I was clearly there and she saw me multiple times going to the laundry, strolling around with the dogs, etc. Approaching me directly about a rule violation or a complaint from a fellow camper (as I assume is what sparked the warning), etc would have been much more preferred. The playground is small but in good working condition and has an infant swing which is nice. Laundry area is sufficient and easily accessible. Some camp sites have old picnic tables and look run down but you can tel they are slowly switching them out. We stayed at a deluxe site (C15) with a fire pit, swing, outdoor seating, etc right on the end of a row. This appeared ideal until we saw all the foot traffic that came by with their multiple dogs (sometimes as many as 2/3 per person). If there has to be a next time, we would select the deluxe spot a little further up from C15, towards the middle of that row. We also believe some the the foot traffic came from the neighboring trailer park. The general area of the camp ground is very accessible to grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores. There is a lot of noise from the highway, airplanes (which my son and husband love) and workers getting up early (5:30am) to go to job sites. During high traffic times, it can take 30-45 min to get to downtown Charleston so be aware. For our next trip to Charleston we will plan more in advance and book early at a different place.
Felt like this was a location where several out of town workers camp - just seemed less family friendly. It’d work as a pit stop but I wouldn’t go back again. The Mt. Pleasant KOA is a much better bet for the fam.
It’s in the middle of town in North Charleston so it’s near lots of store but it is loud and the spots aren’t very shaded. But it’s much cheaper than staying at a hotel and the campground is run by young adults who have no idea what’s what but the place was clean and very family friendly
We wanted to stay close to Charleston and be able to visit the beach, but all the beach campgrounds were full, so we found this KOA. It wasn't a bad drive at all to get to downtown Charleston or any of the close beaches. It was so easy to get there, right off the interstate, and check-in was a breeze. We were one of only a few tent campers. Most people were in RVs and Campers, but the noise was minimal after dark and we felt like we were out in the wilderness. Our dogs even came with us and enjoyed the dog area. The showers were kind of small for my liking. I always felt like I was about to touch the wall when showering, but other than that, everything was great.