After leaving North Carolina, we headed south to the Charleston, SC area. We had to be in Charleston for some doctors and lawyer appointments for Mark for his workers comp case. As of this writing, we are still waiting for mediation to close the case which isn’t scheduled until March 31st.
When we looked at Charleston for an RV park we were a little surprised at how expensive the parks were for a monthly rate. I guess we shouldn’t have been considering Charleston is a very active tourist area. So we decided to browse further afield.
About an hour outside of downtown Charleston is the little town of Dorchester, SC. A local family has a small (and I do mean SMALL) 12 space RV park (7 spaces are 30 amp only, 5 are 50 amp). It was a bit out of the loop but the price was right so there we went. Located 1/2 mile down a VERY bumpy dirt road is Tanager Woods RV Park.
Map link to Location: Tanager Woods RV Park location
We stayed here from the first of January through the middle of February. And while it definitely had its downsides there are some nice things about it as well, especially if you like solitude. Here is some info to help you make an informed decision about this park.
- Pros: Located about an hour outside of downtown Charleston (could be a “con” for a lot of people). Surrounded by beautiful farm/forest land with all sorts of local wild life. Lots of Civil War history in this area.
- Cons: Getting to the park is relatively easy and they have signs that will guide you in. Unfortunately, the last 1/2 mile you will travel is a ONE LANE ungraded dirt road. It is very bumpy and you need to go very slow (5mph or less). There is also no lighting so if you come in late at night you might think you are lost until you see the signs. The closest real grocery store is in Summerville, SC about 20 minutes away. Summerville has all the stores you can think of and has a cute little downtown area with lots of places to eat. The RV park is really out in “the boonies” (which was ok for us) but if you want close by amenities then this is not the park for you.
- Pros: Monthly rates are $450/mo (including electric) for a 30amp space at time of writing and $525/mo for 50amp (could be cheaper IMO considering the lack of amenities, see below). We were able to get by on a 30amp considering it was winter time and we didn’t run an AC unit. Daily & weekly rates are listed on their website. The spaces are large and (fairly) level with all being pull throughs for big rigs. All sites have water/sewer hookups. All spaces include a picnic table but no fire rings or bbqs. We stayed for 6 weeks and the owner only charged us for a half a month the last two weeks which was cheaper than the website stated so that was nice, all in all.
- Cons: There are no large trees so there wasn’t much shelter from the wind and it was very windy while we were there. The sewer drop and the water hookups are pretty far away from each other so you will need either a long sewer hose or water hose or both.
- Pros: Lots of shady tree lined trails to walk. Pet friendly. They built a small (50’x50′) dog run while we were there. There is a park host on duty. Why, we have no idea, but he is there.
- Cons: There is NO CABLE, NO WIFI and NO LAUNDRY. This is a bare bones park. AT&T LTE signal is very good in this area and my Coverage? app shows great Verizon LTE as well. You will definitely need to have your own internet coverage.
- Pros: Pets are welcome at this park. Just remember this is a southern climate and with that you could have alligators in the ponds here – do not let your dog swim in them! Do not approach alligators for any reason. Also, when walking in the woods be mindful of snakes. There are many poisonous varieties here. See my “con” below that I touch on snake issues here.
- Cons: The camp host has two dogs that just LOVE to be outside and bark at the world. It’s a tad annoying to say the least. There are quite a few loose dogs in the area that like to wander through the park, including the owners dogs who are not very friendly with other dogs. So just watch your dog(s) around them. They like to come by and pee all over your stuff outside and knock over grills, etc. Grrrr. Also, both the camp host and owner carry side arms due to snakes and this was in January/February. I would be worried to be here in warmer months and walking around. But then again, I hate snakes! 🙂
- Other thoughts: The website states it accepts rigs that are only 15 years or newer. That isn’t the case at all, considering they have two pretty dilapidated travel trailers that are parked here full time. We had a great spot (space #7) and didn’t have to look at any of the rigs as they were all on our far side but be advised that is what is there. If you are looking for a “brand new rig only” park, then this is definitely not it. Most of the people here are nice but of course there is always one bad apple that spoils the bunch. Our closest neighbor was very unfriendly and rude but we just ignored them so it was all good.
- AT&T & Verizon – the AT&T LTE signal is very good here. According to my Coverage? app it shows a decent Verizon LTE signal as well.
Overall, this little park is just ok but it suited our needs (once we got down the road to it) for the time we were in Charleston. Probably not something we would come back to as their daily rates are on track with parks closer to Charleston, but the monthly rate was acceptable even with the lack of amenities and it allowed us some privacy and quiet. It could have been a much better experience if the loose dogs were not allowed to run free and be destructive, tho.
Where are we going next? Well… we are keeping that under wraps for now. Until this case is closed we are going incognito. 😉 We will post our plans though when it’s all over!
Will leave you with a few photos from around the park.