Find adventure in Charleston

09/04/2012  | 

Fall is here and it’s a great time to explore the South! Families of all interests will find so much to experience in Charleston, South Carolina. Each year, Charleston is consistently rated amongst the country’s top travel destinations.

Here, you’ll discover scenic beaches, a historic downtown, and a county park system that provides unlimited hours of recreation at amazing waterparks, fishing piers, recreational activities, camping, marsh-front vacation cottages, and much more!

Seeking an affordable and more adventurous alternative to the typical hotel stay, centrally located to all that Charleston has to offer? James Island County Park is your destination.

James Island County Park

Even though James Island County Park is conveniently located to downtown Charleston and the area’s beaches, visitors may want to stay inside the park to enjoy its endless activities.

This 643-acre park offers miles of paved and unpaved trails winding around creeks and other natural settings. Rent a bike, pedal boat, or kayak, and hit the park for some instant adventure. You’ll find open meadows, walking and biking trails, a freshwater lake and tidal creeks accessible for fishing and crabbing, a state-of-the-art playground, a seasonal spray play fountain, picnic areas, and an off-leash dog park. Up for a challenge? Dare to scale the park’s 50-foot climbing wall, designed to accommodate all ages and abilities. Or, schedule your group for a day on the park’s thrilling Challenge Course, the ultimate teambuilding experience.

Plus, the whole family will enjoy exciting special events throughout the year at the park. Each winter, James Island County Park is illuminated with the sights of the season at the park’s own Holiday Festival of Lights, featuring millions of twinkling bulbs on hundreds of shining displays and much more holiday fun. The festival kicks off on November 9, 2012, and runs through December 31, 2012. Planning a springtime trip? We spice up the spring with James Island County Park’s annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival on April 7, 2013, and the East Coast Paddlesport & Outdoor Festival on April 19-21.

When the weather warms up, Splash Zone, located within James Island County Park, brings the Caribbean to Charleston with island-style play structures and slides. Plus, after enjoying all the park has to offer, we welcome you to visit other areas of Charleston by hopping on the park’s round-trip shuttle.

All this and more is right at the doorstep of your tent, RV, or cottage when you stay at the James Island County Park campground or cottages!

The Campground

Looking for real adventure? Sleep under the stars in the secluded camping area at James Island County Park, a secure location available for primitive and tent camping. Or, enjoy the park’s RV campground, complete with full hook-ups and 24-hour security.

The Cottages

Nestled within the natural setting of James Island County Park are ten modern vacation cottages, equipped with all the conveniences needed for a relaxing get-away. A perfect gathering spot for families and friends, the cottages offer a glorious view overlooking the Stono River Marsh. Each cottage has three bedrooms, is fully furnished, and sleeps up to eight people. Cottage amenities include a fully-stocked kitchen, bathroom, linens, phones, television, and a marsh-front screened porch.

Call 843-795-4386 to check availability or to make a reservation the campground and cottages. Our staff will be eager to assist you. Clubs, groups, and caravans are welcome visitors.

For more information on the campground, the cottages, James Island County Park, or all of the other great Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s parks and events, call 843-795-4386 or visit
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