I retired as a DOD civilian from AMC headquarters at Scott AFB ten (10) years ago. March 29, 2018 I made reservations for seven (7) days in April/May time period at the Charleston FamCamp. Can't make the reservations on line. You have to call and talk to a person to make reservations, which I did. On Sunday April 29th, arriving from out of state, we approached the Charleston AFB gate closest to the FamCamp. I gave the security gate guard my civilian DOD identification card. After a few minutes I was told I could not enter the gate en-route to the FamCamp. The security guards said I would need special approval from the AFB which would open on Monday? So I was not allowed to camp even though reservations are paid for. Needless to say I scrambled to get a reservation at a local KOA campground. We were vacationing and had tour reservations so I had no time to apply for a special pass or whatever they require. Below is copied from the base web site. "The Joint Base Charleston Family Campground (or commonly referred to as FamCamp) is located on the Air Force base is open to retired Military members, 100% disabled veterans, 'DoD ID card holders' and active duty military members not stationed at or working on Joint Base Charleston." So why wasn't I advised upon my call to the campground that I would need a special pass to enter? Fix the problem!
Sometimes when you read these reviews you get a false positive. I really wish people would give an honest one. There is not one place all 5's. Let's be honest about it and write them as they are. Ok, let's start with Amenities that is in the Famcamp. There is bathrooms and laundry room, does that really deserve a 5 rating? Cleanliness, the main "new" bath and laundry room is clean, but the other is old and very worn. The newer campsites in the pull thru section is nice and clean while the older section in the woods is over grown. Now, does "cleanliness" deserve a 5? Ok, Value, $23 a night is good, but there is other ones in the area that you can get for $29. Let's talk about location, yep your phone in Charleston SC, but it is still along way from the beaches. That is not really a 5 either. Most of the other parks in the area do offer a lot of amenities for the campers. These would be activities either during the daytime or nighttime. What you have here is a RV park that is half old and have newer, laundry facility and bathrooms, nothing else. When they moved the long term campers out, now those "prime" spots are all empty. If you just want a place to park your camper with hook ups, well that the is what it is. I know most people are going to say, you have the NCO club, pool on base, ect. Nothing goes on at the club except bingo, and the pool is ok if your want to drive to it. I just wish people would do reviews trufully.
Drove over to Charleston AFB to play a round of golf and since the FAMCAMP is right there at the Golf Courae we drove through it just to check it out. Wish I had remembered to take my camera with me. The place is AWFULL! I would never say there it might be dangerous to your health to stay there. I would not recommend it to anyone. Old filthy abandond trailers. Very unkept place. I cannot beleave MWR would even attempt to run such a mess. I cannot even rate the place. Save yourself a trip and go to Foster Creek. Thats where we are and I will write a very nice review when we leave.
Decided to drive thru to see if any changes since 04', it changed for the worse. Now there are old, rusty, moldy trailers stored in the campground. Roads and sites are rough, standing water everywhere as no sun breaks through thick trees. Smells moldy as you drive through so anyone with allergies or respiratory conditions should be aware of this. Look forward to staying in Foster Creek again as it is a 10-15 minute drive to North Charleston where you can find malls galore and all restaurants you would expect to find in a metropolitan area.
In our travels from AK to SC, this is by far the dumpiest place we stayed at. Unfortunately, we had to stay there for 2 months! I was ready to leave that hole the day we arrived. I am so surprised that they haven't made Charleston AFB's famcamp one of the nicest considering the large number of tourists. What an embarrassment for such a charming base!
I only drove through while staying at NWS Charleston. Very old, dumpy famcamp. Looks like an old trailer park that has been converted without much effort or planning. Some sites very close together, others in the trees on a rough road. Probably the worst famcamp I have seen in my travels.