Top Places to Camp In Charleston

If you’re heading off on a camping vacation this year, you should definitely consider visiting Charleston. This stunning destination has it all, from historic attractions to beautiful scenery and plenty of fun activities.

South Carolina is a fantastic place to explore, whether you’re traveling as a couple, a family, with friends or even solo. So, where should you pitch your tent? Here, we take a look at some of the very best campsites in the Charleston area so you can get your vacation off to the best possible start.

State Parks And US Forest Service Campgrounds

If you’re looking for a stay further away from the center of downtown Charleston, you should head to one of the US Forest Service or State Park campgrounds. These let you reconnect with the natural environment while also giving you convenient access to recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming.

James Island County Park

James Island County Park is a great place to pitch your tent and is close to the heart of the city. You’ll also enjoy lots of fun activities there including crabbing and biking. The park covers an impressive 643 acres and is just a quarter hour’s drive from downtown. There are piles of beautiful paved trails, 16 acres of lakes for fishing, pedal boats, kayak rentals a ridal creek for fishing and even a Splash Zone waterpark for the kids.

Charleston KOA


Just 25 minutes from the heart of the city, the Charleston KOA has tons of Low County charm. There is a host of amenities from a snack bar and pool to a dedicated dog park, cable TV and Wi-Fi making this an ideal spot for all the family.

Mount Pleasant KOA

Another KOA site in Charleston is just 20 minutes from the city center and is set in stunning grounds. Once an antebellum plantation, this lovely campsite offers a nature trail of 1.5 miles as well as a 30 acre fishing lake, a mini golf course and even free wagon tours of the plantation.

Oak Plantation Campground

25 minutes from the center of the city, the Oak Plantation campground is a family owned site which has been operated by the same family for four decades. There are over 200 pitches here and there are a host of amenities to enjoy including an outdoor swimming pool, cable TV and Wi-Fi.

Edisto Beach State Park

A 1 hour’s drive from the heart of Charleston, this state park has two campsites for you to choose from. One is on the beach while the other is deep in the forest, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. There are paved trails for cycling and walking, the ocean to swim in and

a learning center to visit.

Lake Aire RV Park & Campground

Just a quarter hour from the heart of historic Charleston, this RV park boasts 87 camping sites across a 35 acre site. The amenities include a huge catch and release lake, picnic tables, laundry facilities, fire rings and Wi-Fi completely free of charge. Perfect for a comfortable stay in the heart of the beautiful city.

Buck Hall Recreation Area

On the old Buck Hall Plantation site, this campsite is just over a half hour’s drive from downtown historic Charleston. It’s a very popular site which offers all sorts of activities such as birding, biking, shrimping and fishing. There are also tons of amenities to enjoy like a dump station, grills, showers and electrical hook-ups so you’ll be well-served for your entire vacation.

Wherever you choose to stay when you’re camping in the Charleston area, you’re sure to have an amazing time. It’s important, however, to make sure that you’re well prepared for your stay. Make sure you have everything you need to get the most out of your break by reading to find the best equipment to take on your vacation. You should also make sure to reserve your pitch well in advance, otherwise you could end up being disappointed, especially if you’re planning on traveling in the peak season. Some sites end up being booked up early, so you’ll need to plan ahead.

Enjoy your trip to Charleston!

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