We tried to get into the State Park but it was full. We decided to try this park that did not have any RV Park Reviews. It was adequate but just. It is almost completely taken up with full time and seasonal occupants, most with old trailers. It was somewhat noisy and the sites are not well kept. The campground roads, the ones to the sites, were dirt and extremely rutted. The main attraction to this campground is most likely the access to the lake but nothing here I would call a resort, as its name applies. We were in a 50 amp/water site that was out in the open; all the sites are grass, where it isn't dirt. The website lists a pool, but I never could find it. The park is close to the town of Santee and just over the bridge from the Wildlife Preserve and just about 5 miles from the State Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There is no reason to stay at this former KOA unless you want to fish on the lake. We asked for a waterfront site and were told "I wouldn't put a nice rig like that in those sites!". This place is rundown and full of old trailers. We were told there was one site left for overnighters so we took it and saw at least 30 other empty sites when we drove through. Roads are narrow, sandy and uneven. Sites are sandy and uneven. No fire rings, no internet except at the office and no cable TV. We couldn't get satellite due to the trees. This rate included a Good Sam discount. There was a newer campground around the corner, but it was more expensive, had no cable and also had no internet except at the office. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Older campground with dirt roads and sites. We were told to take specific site only to find another RV there - office didn't know that they weren't leaving for another week? We had to drive around campground to come back down the narrow lane to get in to a different site. Lots of tall old trees make the sites feel even tighter. We had trouble finding our sewer connector - was under leaves and dirt. Bathroom / laundry facility is clean (considering it's in the middle of woods), but the drains of the showers needed attention - one had a pile of dirt or something around the drain. Road noise from I95 is noticeable outdoors, but inside our trailer wasn't bad. Wi-Fi was good. no TV though. Only 30 AMP service. Price of $35 is a Good Sam on a full hook-ups. Too much of a charge for what the campground offers. If really stuck I'd stay here again, but rather find something with better services for less $. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Depressing run down park even for an overnighter. I never saw so many "vintage" campers. No cable or internet and we didn't even get sewer so I thought price per night was high. Only seasonal people there, who were very nice. I guess the lake is the reason they stay because the park is a dump. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stopped here to take a break while driving I-95. Very easy and convenient location. Sites were just long enough to leave a 40' 5th wheel hooked to our truck. Nice dock and beautiful view of the lake within walking distance of our site. Nice, quiet campground that we would definitely stay at again if we find ourselves heading south. the only reason I gave 9 stars instead of 10 is that there was heavy rain when we arrived and the site immediately flooded (about 6" water). However, as soon as the rain stopped the water receded into the sandy soil and all was well again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Horrible stay! Not kid friendly at all! Many permanent campers that complain over kids walking from the camper to the lake. The staff is rude and are not able to answer any questions about the campground. The "security guards" harass and bully anyone who is not permanent resident. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice shaded lots. Ground cover is dirt with gravel roads. Very quite when we were here in May. Probably 75% of campground is permanent sites with RV's and built around decks. Staff at front desk was very friendly and nice. We stayed for three nights and we will be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice place to stop off I-95! Close to highway but noise was minimal. Campground was nicely wooded, restrooms / bath houses clean. Would recommend this to travelers in the I-95 corridor. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Appears to be a former KOA (A Frame buildings). Nice lakeside campground. No cable TV and the trees make satellite difficult. Workers out doing spring cleaning and sprucing park up. No 50 amp service. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rustic! If this were a state park I'd give it a high rating but as a commercial campground I can only say "Rustic". I guess in the middle of a hot summer the canopy of trees and the proximity of a lake would be a great draw, but during the off-season the best I can say is it's a convenient stopover, close to I-95. Very clean restrooms and showers, good wi-fi, no cable (or satellite), water and electric only (no sewer) in the overnight area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our campsite was in a low place and it rained and water ran to us, other than that everything was good. We did not spend much time there as we were visiting family and we would stay again and ask for a site on higher ground. Office staff was helpful and friendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Clean pool, clean yet dated restroom and showers. Beautiful setting on the lake. Very few garbage cans throughout campground. It seems they want you to walk all the way to the very corner of the park to the dumpster. The one can that was nearest us was spilled over with garbage. To be fair however, we did see it being emptied in the morning when we left. Some permanent sites where run down and others were quite charming. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Okay park for an overnight stay. Close to I-95. A lot of "permanent" trailers. Some were pretty trashy looking. Our site had a lot of cigarette butts and small trash on it. Park has a nice dock for fishing. Bath house was nice: freshly painted. The pool was nice. Would stay here again, but only for an overnight stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Some sites overlook Lake Santee and most have shade. Sites are dirt or sparse gravel. Free WiFi with good signal and throughput (we were near an antenna). Many trees. Pleasant park with rough edges. Leaning electrical box for our site had unhinged cover that dropped to the ground. Nearest rest rooms were out of service. They advertise "TV Services." That was explained as a good signal if you have an antenna. (It's NOT cable!) Forget the laundry: the kind hostess explained that we'd be better off hanging clothes out to dry, as the dryers were poor performers. Park is largely populated by long-term residents. It served our needs for a one-night stopping point. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I found the campground to be suitable for a one night's stay. Would have preferred a 50 amp service but did fine with 30 amp. A lot of the units are year round, but it didn't take away as most were clean and orderly. No problem for an overnight in any case. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here one night. There's a lot of trees thus setting up satellite reception is a chore. They just had their cable TV removed from the whole park, but the Wineguard reception was acceptable. There's also a lot of permanent campers. All in all, the owners are extremely pleasant. We'd stay here just one night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stopped at this campground for only one night, while they advertise Big Rig sites there really aren't any. We had to drive through a maze of big trees and campsites to get to one that we felt we had a chance of being able to get out of; fortunately we were the only RV in the treed camping area. We had a Toad and with it connected we blocked the roadway behind us. When we left I had to walk my way around the camping area to figure out the best way out so I wouldn't be trapped into a situation that required me to disconnect the Toad. Basic problem is too many large trees and short campsites not suitable for a 40' RV with a Toad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It is a bit run down, and there are too many seasonal "shacks" that have seen better days. The place would be spectacular with a little maintenance. It's right on Lake Marion. We would have been better off at the state park for half the price. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park could be really nice. The staff and guests were very friendly, the pool was great, and the lake is lovely. Internet is fast, with three towers to insure a connection, and a 192/80 speed. However, there are ants. Lots of ants, which would keep me from staying here again. I felt that it should be the campground's responsibility to spray for them, not the guest's. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Okay, we did not really camp here. But: here's what happened. We were heading home from vacation and needed an overnight. I had two guidebooks, both which rated this as an "above average" campground. So, it was getting late, and we pulled into this campground. I go into the office, check in, and suddenly see a sign, which says, "We have ants, please spray." Okay, it is somewhat late, and we happen to have bug spray, so we'll stay. I pay the young lady, get into the RV. We drive a few feet and enter a scene right out of the movie Deliverence, or the show Twilight Zone. Take your pick and no, I am not kidding: this was one scary place. I think people actually live here year round, in rusted, ready to fall down shacks. This place looked like a third world country. Okay, maybe the overnight section is better. But, as we continue to drive (another ten feet) these huge bugs swarm onto the outside of our RV. I am talking hundreds of them. My husband and I look at each other, drive back to the office, I run in, ask for our money back. Not a bit of a problem, and we continue on our way. I would have rather slept in a parking lot than in this place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want cable TV, you better keep on riding. If the cable works at all, you still can't use it. The driveway has some huge holes and your RV might drag the ground. There are a lot of rundown permament RV's. Sites and lanes are not marked well enough to see after dark. The Wi-Fi is good and the staff is nice. The problems seem to be managment problems. An overnight stay maybe, but extended stay: NO. There are not a lot of attractions in this area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a campground that before you check in, you should take a drive through. We checked in for one night and chose an area with a lake view. We were told there were many open sites in that area and to pick one. Out of about 30 open sites, we found one that was level enough we only needed to use boards on one side. The view is nice and there is a small dock you can walk out on and fish. The area near the lake I would term as almost a "low rent district". The rv's are old, really old and a lot appear to be weekend getaways for people. The nearest camper to us was two rows away and had two small dogs that did nothing but jump and bark on their leashes all afternoon, till dark when they were put in the camper and barked inside (at least we didn't have to hear them all night). I would not stay at this campground again. We were given very detailed directions on the telephone how to get into this park to avoid us stopping at another park next door. We should have did a drive through, then went to the one we saw as we drove in. Another lesson on camping! Also, I almost forgot to mention on the countertop as we checked in there is a sign that says WATCH OUT FOR ANTS. The desk person said that sign was there all year round and that she hadn't seen many because it was not "hot" yet. If you stay there when it's "hot", watch out for ants. Would I stay there again, No... We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Since this campground is only a couple of minutes off of I-95, we've used it a couple of times to overnight. There are a lot of run-down looking seasonals, but overall it's a good campground in a nice location. Bathrooms are old, but clean. Same for the laundry room. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Free wifi is a big plus in my book. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a campground not a RV park. It is back off I-95 so the traffic is not a big problem. The staff in the office were very nice. There are a lot of junky resident rv's in the park. Some of the sites are not level and some of the streets are rough. They are not paved. The restrooms are a disaster. Water backs up in the showers and some of the comodes do not flush properly. About half the machines in the laundry work. Lots of campers had trouble finding their assigned site because of poor marking. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A former KOA. Easy to get in and out of. Lots of trees, a boat ramp and jetty. Bathrooms
were not well kept, trash piled up at sites as pick-up was not frequent enough. Sewer connection backed up on our site. Lots of seasonals and trailers up on blocks gave the park a run down apperance. Don't think I'll be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 4 / 10 ]
Yes, ants, ants, ants. We stayed for one night. Rain = standing water in low areas. A big muddy mess. Many seasonal trailers mixed with open sites. More of a trailer park feel, not a resort feel. Playground was over run with ant hills and wasp nest. We will not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
This is a fish camp also and there were a lot of seasonals and fishing people. We just overnighted and it was OK for that. Pull thrus are not very level and muddy. Would probably overnight there again. Heard of an Ant problem but didn't have any problem just overnight. Lots of
ants though. We camped here in a camper.
[ 4 / 10 ]
Ants! We had thousands inside when we woke up and so did many others. A lot of permanent campers, they must know something we didn't. Some sites overlook Lake Marion. We camped here in a camper.
I pulled in for overnight stay after a rough (literally) ride on I-95. I didn't call first, just showed up at the entrance to the park. It was kinda confusing as there were no instructions for campers including how much. So, 2 bucks went into the envelope and after a bumpy ride, I found a level site. It was obviously off-season as the roads were not graded and the sites needed cleaning. I was waiting for the ranger to stop by and collect the camping fee but he never stopped by. As I was sharing the whole park with about 7 or 8 other friendly campers, it was a quiet stay. I would come back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice get away campground. I live about 40 miles from here and camp here often. Someone said they reserved a 50 amp site? There are no 50 amp sites there. This is an older campground kept up pretty well by the rangers and hosts. Fishing is mostly catfish and there are a few nice golf courses nearby. I have found that most of South Carolina State Parks are about the same. All built around the same time and not much updating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I agree with the previous review in regards to rough roads and sites with tree roots. The sites are spaciously apart from each other in most cases. There is free & very good Wi-Fi at the store and ranger station. It does not reach the campground area. Our Verizon My-Fi and cell service was spotty. We didn't have sewer at our site (lake front). Water pressure was good and power was stable. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second stay at this park. It is about 70 miles from home so it makes a weekend get-a-way easy. There are many other state parks that are much better than this one. The check in process is easy and staff is very nice. We stayed on the Cypress loop (small campground). The road in the campground is dirt and filled with potholes. It is very rough and dusty. Navigation is not difficult even for large rigs as the roads are wide enough. The sites are all dirt. Some are more level than others. The sites have a lot of tree roots making leveling of a coach difficult. When we arrived at our site, it was not very clean. I had to rake the site of limbs, pine cones, and leaves. AT&T cell service and 4G is good. Mi-Fi had great reception. Over the air TV has about 8-10 channels. Bath house was clean and well stocked each time I visited. The rangers made rounds through the campground every couple of hours. The nearest stores are about 5 miles from the campground. There is a lakefront store in the park. However, it is stocked more with T-shirts, etc. and only a few camping or food related items. Firewood and ice is available at lake front store. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Made reservations for 50amp site, but only site we found large enough and straight enough to back into was 30amp. Roads were very tight and rough. Feral cats in abundance, my dogs were not happy. It was OK for an overnight stop, but I'll try somewhere else next trip. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice place in general. Location a bit remote. Trees provide shade on all sites, but also makes the reception of sat TV near impossible with a roof mounted dish. We did manage to find a small hole between trees on site #120. Verizon Internet reception was good. Bumpy road that are narrow in places for big rigs. Restrooms are old and not in good repair. No soap provided and no means for drying your hands. We never found any washing machine. The park would benefit from a general overhaul. Very nice golf courses nearby. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice state park convenient to I95. We stayed overnight mid-week on way north. There are two camp areas and we stayed in the Cypress View (Lakefront B) area. Camp host very friendly and helpful. We arrived after hours without a reservation and were told to just pick an open site and pay at the office in the morning. Sites are in a wooded area with no undercover so lots of shade but little privacy. Spacing is OK but the camp was not full. Site descriptions state flat, slight slope, or moderate slope and these descriptions are not accurate. There are flat sites listed as sloped and some listed as flat but have a slope and require leveling. Some pull thru sites were heavily rutted and in need of grading. Site and road surfaces are sandy clay. Our site was missing its picnic table (borrowed by an adjacent camper before our arrival) but it re-appeared overnight. Great playground for kids. Nice lake views. Bugs not noticeable. Bath house was old and worn but serviceable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The weather was cooler so not a lot of campers. The site we were on was one of the better sites and was lakefront. Most sites are not level. The campground is divided into two sections. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in Lake Shore part of the park. Our site #100 was approximately 100 ft from the lakes shoreline. There is a wonderful view of the lake from this site, but there are many more sites with lake views. I found the park a bit ran down. The Camp host RV and site is a mess. Sites have eroded and are mainly sand and clay. I would stay there again We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campsites were decent sized. Lots of places for kids to ride bikes, and had a playground. Easy access to fishing. Would recommend this campsite very family friendly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What a wonderful campground! Very kid friendly! Great boat ramps and wonderful staff! The check in process was very quick as they are very organized! The cabin was super clean! The park offers a small store with limited groceries that is good in a pinch. You are only minutes from the town of Santee where you can find anything you might need. The campground itself is beautifully maintained. There is an abundance of material in the campground office so that you can learn more about the lake. Park rangers patrol regularly and are more than willing to answer any questions. Also all of the cabins on land have a spot on the water in order for you to park you boat during your stay. Check out is also super easy. They ask that you strip the bed linens and leave them on the floor and turn your key in at the office. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This campground is a few miles off I-95. Arrived in late February planning a one-nighter but stayed an extra day. Rangers are friendly and set me up with a great pull-through campsite right on beautiful Lake Marion. As I drove in to the site, I was greeted by a very friendly volunteer who helped me park and answered many questions. While it has electric and water, you have to go to a dump station for sewage. I enjoyed hiking and the waterfront is great, but even in February, there was a bug problem. If you have kids, ask for a site away from the shore because there's a big drop. The sites are dirt and uneven and leveling the trailer was not possible. There are playgrounds for the kids, but it is a short hike to get there. My only disappointment was the store on site. It is several miles to shopping and all it had was soda and snacks. If you are a fisherman, this is a perfect place. If not, it's a great weekend and layover campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Overall the park is great. Staff and Hosts were helpful and friendly. Only negative comment are the restrooms and showers. They were reasonably clean but run down. There was also no hand soap or towels in the restrooms. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park was alright; nothing that jumped out that was wrong. We had a spot on the water if you call it that. There is a 15' steep drop and you couldn't really see the lake from the site; very wooded. The bathrooms were great the first day but no service on weekends?? The lady at the guest services station was really clueless. God bless her though. We camped here in a Motorhome.
So-so campground. Per previous review, interior roads very bad for larger rigs. Sites were poorly defined, we pointed back down the wrong way to get to the hookups in a 35' MH. Site basically level, but lots of surface roots. There are some very nice sites if you know which ones they are. Went to wash my hands in the bathroom, no soap dispenser in it??? Could not see where it might have been, no sign of where it could have been broken off the wall. The park itself is very nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Two campgrounds are available here, we stay near the marina. Has mostly shaded areas with some larger sites near water or within view. There are good hiking trails and bike paths. It's a short trip to town and shopping; 50 miles to Charleston for day trip. There are fishing areas nearby, walking or a short ride to the dock. This is a good park to stay at to check out the area and Charleston nearby. It's in the top 10 parks we have stayed at. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A nice State Park but the campground needs work. The interior roads are full of holes and the sand needs grading! Thirty amp and water with a dump station. Lots to do here too. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We spent the weekend in Santee and enjoyed it. The bathrooms were as clean as they could be, but I wouldn't use the shower without shoes on or something to stand on. The toilet part was ok and had even been recently mopped when I went in on Saturday. Our site was in the larger Lake Shore area, and was very peaceful and quiet. You'd never believe I-95 is just a little ways up. There was plenty of beach since the water is low, but the steps to get down there were rickety and broken and could be dangerous. Also, every once in a while, we caught wind of a sewer smell even though we were no where near the dump station, still not sure where that was coming from. The campers, camp host and employees were all friendly and most importantly, our antennae picked up the TV station I needed to watch my football game. There was lots of dead wood on the ground to burn and even though you don't feel like you're near town, Santee is just down the road with shopping, groceries and dining if you need it. One warning though, even if you're only staying a couple of days, go ahead and put up your screen tent or porch because the black flies were horrible. Nothing we did got rid of them and they were everywhere. They weren't the biting kind but they were disgusting. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped in the Lakeshore Campground. This is a very nice campground with very large sites. There were 2 drawbacks: The "swimming hole" has been closed because of alligators and the restrooms did NOT have "No Smoking" signs anywhere. I actually was taking a shower when a woman in the next shower stall started smoking IN the shower! It has always amazed me that people who want to be near nature by camping would so pollute the restrooms by smoking in them. Please smoke outside and put the butts in the trash. A lot of people bring boats here as there is great fishing in the lake and to ski. We do not boat but thoroughly enjoyed the view. Up I-95 at exit 102 is Santee National Wildlife refuge, which had a 3000 year old Indian Mound, which was cool. The first night we were here a racoon came into our screen room at dusk while we were right there and the lights and TV were on and started rummaging through our food box so make sure your food is locked up at all times, even while you are there. The second night an awesome wind/rain storm blew from across the lake, causing havoc with people's awnings and tents so make sure everything is well-staked and awnings are properly tilted down if you leave your site. There was a small "beach" near our site which many children waded into the lake from. This is definitely a great place to camp and get away. We did not even use our A/C as the temps were so pleasant--good to know if you tent. There are boat ramps near both campgrounds (Lakeshore and Cypress View). Cypress View is also near the park office and boat rentals. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a wonderful park located right on the Santee Lakes. Plenty of hiking and biking trails and great out of the way places to just go off and find your own private fishing or swimming hole. The Rangers are very helpful and easy to deal with We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the Cypress View campground at Santee State Park. Cypress View was more convienient to the park office, store, etc. but seemed a bit busier than the Lakeshore campground, which was more secluded. Some sites were set up at strange angles to the road. I suggest contacting the park office about any sites they recommend for your type rig before making a reservation. There was a nice mountain bike trail that was on the easy side, however the singletrack section could be a moderate level if taken quickly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This State Park was very well run. Lots were all large, giving lots of room between campers. The staff was extremely friendly. Be prepared for lots of sand! The park actually has two seperate sites, and has boat ramp access. Santee Park provides a nice and quiet atmosphere to bring your family to. There isn't a pool, or many other fancy trapping. However, it's a clean and friendly park away from the noise of the interstate. This makes a nice weekend getaway, or stopover. We plan on returning many times. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
There are two campgrounds in the park. We stayed in the smaller Cypress View. It was very shady, and many sites have a beautiful view of the lake. Bug spray,citronella candles, etc are definite musts as it is exceptionally 'buggy'! Quiet, but lots of fishermen and hunters so they were stirring early in the morning. Not a lot for kids to do but they enjoyed the stay anyway. We camped here in a Tent.