Santee State Park ~ South Carolina ~ 5

As we wandered toward Charleston, South Carolina we found DSC_0038Santee State Park in South Carolina. (compliments of ALLSTAYS Camp & RV App of course). I prefer state parks because I love their natural ambiance but IMG_7592occasionally their sites are not large enough to accommodate our size. Typically they don’t have all the RV amenities (water, electric, sewer, cable, pool, store, Wi-Fi, laundry) that many private RV parks have but their natural beauty outshines those conveniences. I am always prepared to dry camp.

Notice I said “I” am ready to dry camp when need be. Neal, the city IMG_7582boy, prefers to have all the comforts of home with the priorities being a daily hot shower (preferably his own) and satellite TV to watch the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. The first time I suggested dry camping he reacted as though I wanted to go tent camping in the winter. A few weeks later, we found ourselves in northern New York at Southwick State Park on the beach of LDSC_0028ake Ontario with no services. The generator, inverter and propane water heater provided all his luxuries. He had his own hot shower and even watched the Jets game (they lost…again).

Neal’s more apt to dry camp now but Santee State Park had water and electric hookups. The roads throughout the park were paved but the campground loops were a mixture of gravel and dirt with spots washed DSC_0042out by the recent rain. A very slow crawl got us to our site without incident. Our campsite was lake side, spacious and well wooded with a fire pit.

IMG_7577Our three-day stay at the campground was wonderful. The area had a traditional southern feel with Spanish moss draped though out the park and a cypress forest thriving in the middle of the lake. Cotton grew in bordering fields in every direction and IMG_7595a nearby barbeque and mercantile added to the setting.

IMG_7604 We went for long walks everyday and I got on my mountain bike to explore the grounds by way of the bike trails. We cooked outside (chicken & waffles one night using our new waffle iron) and had campfires every night. If we had more time, I would have gone fishing. The park is situated along Lake Marion that is home to a large population of enormous catfish, largemouth bass, stripedDSC_0036 bass, bream and crappie. Most tents and campers had a fishing boat parked nearby. There is also a fishing pier and equipment for rent within the park.

It was the perfect relaxing oasis before we headed east to Charleston.

 

Santee State Park, Santee, South Carolina ~ $18.00 per night

http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/santee/introduction.aspx

 October 2014 ~ High 63/Low 49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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