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05/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful park. We had a waterfront site with a nice deck on the back overlooking the bay. Had an otter swimming below one night. Most spaces were level but we did see a few that held water after a heavy rain. Luckily our site drained great. There were a few things that kept me from giving this park a 10. The WiFi range was very limited and maybe reached 60 yards from the office. The Office hours were only 9-5 so if you needed something from their store or info, you had to get it then. The cable TV stations are 90% shopping networks or news. And last but probably the most annoying were the swarms of sand gnats that drove everyone into their campers by 5 PM each night. So we were not able to enjoy the deck as much as we liked. We would stay here again if visiting HH but maybe try for earlier in the year before the gnats get too thick.
05/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our first trip to Charleston and we were pleased with the campground and park in general. If we ever visit Charleston again, we will definitely stay here. Positives: Large spaces Fire rings Paved roads Dog Park Fishing Dock Negatives: No WiFi or cable Pads were semi-gravel/dirt Biting Sand Gnats
05/2006
rating [ 3/10 ]
There were four campers in our group that stayed at Campfire Lodgings on May 5,6,7. It was the first time there for all of us and we had read some good reviews. We had made reservations for 3 premium sites together and one directly across from the others two months in advance. When we got there, the friendly but totally incapable person working the office counter advised there was only one premium space available but we could pick from other available spaces deeper in the park in the trees. The others may not be together. She said they rented the premium spots to someone else. So much for having reservations. We found out that Premium spot #1 was occupied by one of the park workers. Spots 16,17, and 18 were also park workers. For a park with only 19 spaces to begin with, 4 of the better spaces were blocked by employees. We chose premium spot 4. I guess the view would be wonderful when it wasn't foggy but that was about 90% of the time. The premium spots also have very little yard and although we tried to have a group meal and get-together around the campfire ring, the ring is on a slope and about 5 feet from dropping off the cliff. Only a couple of chairs could be placed around the campfire due to safety. For having WiFI, we were in Premium site #4 and could only occasionally get the wifi signal strong enough to use. If it won't send a signal even 100 feet, what use is it? We used our own shower and toilet but some of the others used the shower facilities in the park. Although clean, they complained of no hot water on more than one occasion. Management was a hit and miss to catch in the office. If they were in the park at their camper, they were off duty and didn't want to be bothered. The trash cans at each site were full when we got there on Friday. It was Monday AM before they were picked up. In the meantime, on Saturday night, a black bear got into several of the cans and knocked them over. Contents were strung about. One of the campers in our group watched from her Motorhome. The people in the sites ended up cleaning up after the bear the next day as management didn't do anything even when told. One of the members of our group had an item stolen from their campsite. Management didn't seem to care when told. The turn around at the back of the park is very difficult for someone pulling a 30' travel trailer because of the tight circle. We did fine in our 34' 5th wheel though. There is also a large hole that was full of mud and water from the rains in the turn around. It has obviously been that way for some time but not repaired. It is deep enough to cause clearance problems for some trailers or possibly get stuck in. Since it is in the designated turn around and there is not much of a way to avoid it, this problem should have been repaired a long time ago. Apparently if a problem doesn't inconvenience the management, it isn't a problem. None of us will ever use this campground again, nor will we refer it to anyone. $45 for the premium and $38 for the muddy sites is way too much for this park. If the owners (who live out of state) wish to keep this park alive, they better get some competent management help onboard to address the problems.
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