Falcon's Nest FamCamp

 
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Falcon's Nest FamCamp

Location

Installation
Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC
GPS Coordinates
33.9654, -80.4548
Location Information
Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC
RV Gate Coordinates
33.965347, -80.44388

Directions

Directions
From I-95, take exit 135 and go West on US-378. Drive about 25 miles to Shaw AFB truck gate on the right. Large RV's are asked to use the truck inspection, if open. After clearing the gate, make an immediate left turn onto Patrol Road. Go about .75 miles to the FamCamp on your right. ---- From I-20, take exit 98 onto US-521 heading South. Go about 15 miles and turn right onto SR-441. Go about 6 miles and turn left (East) onto US-378. Go about 2.8 miles to the Shaw AFB truck gate on your left. Large RV's are asked to use the truck inspection, if open. After clearing the gate, make an immediate left turn onto Patrol Road. Go about .75 miles to the FamCamp on your right. Check-in at the office. Late arrivals find an empty site and check in next morning.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(803) 895-0450
Mailing Address
Falcons Nest FamCamp, P.O. Box 52826, Shaw AFB, SC 29152
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted 60 days in advance for active duty and 30 days in advance for retired.
Mail Forwarding
(Your name), c/o Falcons Nest FamCamp, Site #, P.O. Box 52826, Shaw AFB, SC 29152
Pet Information
Allowed with the usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
Dump station fee $5 (no fee for members staying in the FamCamp). Long term sites are available.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Grills, Fishing Gear, Fishing License, TV Lounge, Horseshoes.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Golf
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Snack Bar
  • Post Office
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
20
W/30,50A/S
$20
$120
$450
Tent
Open Space
W
$5
$30
$110

Other Information

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Weather Information

Falcon's Nest FamCamp is the newest top-of-the-line Famcamp in Air Combat Command. There are 20 ten-foot by 58-foot recreational vehicle sites complete with water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. Each site is accompanied by a 10-foot by 20-foot picnic pad with table and barbecue grill.

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3.0

April 13 2017

It's a long way around when the commercial gate is closed. And currently that is at 18:00 on weekdays and on weekends. If these folks are leaving 1 May there is no evidence yet most site are filled will long term quests. The new site look almost done. They've planted grass and paved so I guess the utilities are in.

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April 2017

They are finally getting this famcamp straightened out. All the people that are currently there have to be gone by 1 May 2017. They are also adding 10 new sites which should open up sometime in June. They still have work to do on the bath house and wifi, but, at least they are making an effort. Some of the people have been their since 2013???

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February 2017

I'm amazed at the tagline for this campground: "Falcon's Nest FamCamp is the newest top-of-the-line Famcamp in Air Combat Command." Nothing could be further from the truth. In the daylight, this place looks like a run-down trailer park. We wanted to break up our trip back from Orlando, Florida, to our home in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Falcon's Nest was an ideal stopping point. I called about a month before we even left for Orlando, and Tron took my reservation information. Unlike other military campgrounds, he didn't ask for a deposit, which is the only reason I didn't give just one star for "Cleanliness/Hospitality". I was asking for two sites, but at the time he only had one, but would let me know if another opened up. Fast forward to a week before we left Orlando. Called Tron and he said we had site #12 and a gravel dry site that had power. That was fine. He said to call him when we were close to the base so he could meet us there and show us where the gravel site was (we were arriving around 9pm on a Saturday). I began calling him 30 minutes before we arrived and kept getting his voice mail. Never did reach him, nor did he ever call back, not even the next day to make sure we got settled in ok. We arrived, and unlike all other military campgrounds, there was nothing posted on the campground building: no open site list, no map, no instructions - nothing. I literally got out and walked around looking for site #12 and this so-called gravel site. I found #12 and had my son-in-law back into that. WARNING! Power and sewer are at the very front of the site. My son-in-law's camper's utilities are at the back. Fortunately I pack a 50' RV extension cord, so he was good. However, I never did find that gravel site. I ended up pulling into a grassy area and hooked up to someone else's 30amp outlet after running my own extension cord. Comparing this to other military campgrounds I've stayed at for the same price, this place is lacking in everything. Sites are unlevel with only a small concrete pad for your picnic table; power and sewer at the front of the site, with the sewer "connection" being a non-standard large-diameter pipe with a rock shoved in it as its cover; no lighting, so if you arrive at night - good luck; entire place sorely lacking in upkeep/maintenance. In their defense, there is significant construction taking place adjacent to the existing sites where they're adding a dozen or so new sites. Walking around them shows lessons learned, at least for the power and sewer connections - they're more in the middle of the site. Maybe work is being dedicated to the expansion and in the future they'll redo the existing sites. I have to wonder what they'll do with the 10-12 permanent residents that are directly across the road from the campground building. When I say permanent, I mean PERMANENT! There was one camper that's so permanent that he has THREE sheds and some kind of fenced in storage thing with tarps over it - possible pet cage? If so, must be a horse because the cage must measure 6'x6'x6'. Also, he has at least two utility trailers behind his camper, a bird bath, rock garden, and clothes lines. A real dump. Other permanent residents have permanent steps installed and alike. Based on complete failure to follow up and show me where that "gravel" site was, the overall condition of the campground, and the host of permanent residents, a lot has to be changed before I stay there again or recommend it to anyone. I expect a LOT more for an Air Force Base. If Falcon's Nest needs comparisons, try Kings Bay Georgia and Jacksonville NAS: both campgrounds have sites for less than $20, have FULL concrete slabs, well-lit, very clean, very well maintained, free internet and CATV, after-hours hosts, after-hours check-in booth, etc.

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May 2016

Good place to stay back in 2005 through 2012...now it is a full time trailer park for base residences. Mostly the army personnel that has been added to the base. One of the best golf courses you will find on a military base. But that don't matter if you can't get a site because of the long term folk. We are talking two years here! That's what they told us. You can't be mad at the people who are doing it. Its the management that is allowing it and not following rules that are mostly every where you go. BUILD a long term camp ground if you need one. Don't rob the rest of us of our earned benefits as 20 year plus service.

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3.2
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0

Feb 2016

The base location is convenient to I-95 N/S. We pulled in after hours and there were only 2 open sites, with all the others appearing to be taken up by full time residents. The sites in general had the allure of a mobile home park and were very tight. All sites are back ins, but we had to pull in as the W/Elec pole was 4 ft high and right on the edge of the concrete pad; blocking our slide. The sewer connection was at the front, next to the road. Access to the sewer was found by moving a large rock and then draping the hose into an open hole about 8” wide. Road access to the base and CG was all nicely paved. We didn’t have a chance to use Wi-Fi or any other amenities. We stayed in a motorhome.

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4.9
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

November 2011

This is a little late and I am not sure of the exact dates. This is a very nice campground with new updates. We were there for a couple of nites. The camp host was great and helped us and provided great information and a map of the base. I would recommend staying here anytime.

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

May 2012

Well maintained, dedicated staff, exceptionally clean laundry, showers and rec area. Love the on base Golf course, have stayed there 6 or 8 times.

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2.7
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7-14 Jun 2013

Nice staff and good location. Grounds were trashy and the office was very dirty and cluttered. Electrical box was barely attached to pole. Overall, seems to be suffering from a lack of management, and/or maintenance resources.

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(Updated: May 02, 2013)
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

March 14-17, 2013

Best access to the famcamp is entering through the back/commercial gate. Coming from Sumter on Hwy 378, the back gate is the 1st gate on the right. You do not have to use the commercial side of the gate. Back gate closes at 10pm. After passing through the gate, take a left at the light. Follow road (Patrol/Perimeter Rd) around gate and tree line for approximately 1 mile. FamCamp will be on your right. We arrived after hours, but had reservations, knew our site number and got settled. There is a note on the door if you arrive after hours to pick any open site and see them in the morning. However, they take reservations and your site may be occupied when you arrive. FamCamp was full while we were there, make sure you make reservations. There are several active duty in the park. The sites are long and narrow. Make sure you have plenty of sewer hose, most are in the front of the site where electric and water are in the back. There are lots of trees, you may or may not get satelite. We have a portable satelite and were just fine. There is a fabulous 1.5 mile paved walking trail that goes around the ball fields and the famcamp! Nice commissary and PX. Did not use restrooms or showers. We were there in a 40' 5th wheel. We would definately stay here again!

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(Updated: September 29, 2012)
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4.7
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

29 Aug to 5 Sep 2012

Although off the beaten path, Shaw AFB is worth the extra mileage. The camp ground is located on the base which gives you access to the PX/Commissary and other facilities. There are numerous merchants three miles from the base including many chain restaurants. Sites are shaded and not on top of each other. The facilities are very clean and updated. We were able to get a very nice site over the Labor Day holiday and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great walking path next to the camp ground and an air show almost every day! Bring extra sewer hose! and enjoy!!

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(Updated: August 02, 2012)
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4.3
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

August 01, 2012

If you don't know Shaw AFB then the RV park is very had to find. No signs to the park and and no sign in front of the park. Also, the park is not known as Falcon Nest but FamCamp so the gate MP had to ask and then directed us to where he thought it was. After passing it once, we u-turned and then found it. The park is very clean but the sewer is at the front of the coach and power and water are where they should, aft. Don't know why just bring plenty of sewer hose. The park is a good distance from the BX/PX and Comm. but not a big deal and there are 2 fueling stations. WiFi works great and it is very pleasant. Try this one but make advance reservations because it is small. Semper Fi!

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(Updated: June 05, 2012)
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2.5
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3.0
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1.0

May 29, 2012

We were very disappointed with the condition and service of this highly rated campground. We arrived around 4 PM to find our assigned campsite (#3) was occupied by a long term camper. No one was in the office to help. A camper helped us with our problem. He told us the vacant site #1 had an odd 30 amp plug and needed an adapter. He was right. It was not the standard 30 amp shore power outlet. I had a 50 amp adapter but no outlet was available. We chose the vacant site #6 and was able to get our choice approved by the person who had returned to the desk. He didn't understand why #3 was occupied. I guess no one gets out and physically confirms site status. The camper in #3 was very surprised that I was assigned his site since he had been there for months. Around 5:20 PM, after setting up in site #6, I went to the mens room I couldn't find any toilet paper. The bath room was clean but the sink plungers where broken, one piece way laying on the shelf. By then the office was locked. Several campers said most of the campground personnel were useless and uncaring. I couldn't believe the state of the picnic area between the campsites and the office building. Obviously, a lot of money was spent planing and completing this area. Now, large barrels of garbage were overflowing, vines have grown over the picnic tables and some of the garbage barrels. Maybe funds ran out to maintain it. If this picnic area has been abandoned, hopefully the equipment could be used somewhere else--such a waste of money. When I made the reservation, Ty was very courteous and helpful in getting this reservation. Tim efficiently completed the details. Overall, we had a good overnight stay. Water, electric, and sewer worked fine. I can see why this sight had high ratings and it's unfortunate that it was allowed to degrade into the condition it is now. With effective management and fixing, this campground could once again be a highly rated destination for us RV'ers and the pride of Shaw AFB MWR. Norm Taylor, Ocala, FL.

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(Updated: June 18, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
2.9
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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2.0
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3.0

June 1 - 15, 2001

As full-time RVers and retired military, we like to stay at military campgrounds whenever possible. The FamCamp at Shaw AFB, SC has full hookups but their hookups were not what campgrounds typically offer. Specifically, the sewer connections are at the front of the site and not next to the power tower and water supply. Above ground piping did not allow for normal connections without some modifications. The FamCamp on-site management team indicated that their fax machine was not working, their copy machine was not working, their ice machine was not working properly, and that they were having trouble getting these items fixed. Power went out 2 times in a two week period, too. And, one day while in the FamCamp office getting ice, I was told that the power would probably be going out that afternoon and could be out for up to 2 days. I asked management if they were planning on letting the other campers know of this and they indicated they would let others know as soon as they could ... they could not leave the office unattended while telling other campers. The good news ... power did not go out. Overall, the campground needs much improvement starting with sewer hookups. Ice machine needs to be repaired if the FamCamp is advertising free ice for campers. The air base is beautiful and the BX and commissary are outstanding. I have downloaded pictures for viewing if interested. The FamCamp management team could use more monetary support.

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(Updated: March 20, 2011)
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3.2
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

Dec 2010

Overall not bad, quiet and clean. Nice lobby, Good sized fenced dog park, very friendly people.

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(Updated: February 19, 2011)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Feb 2011

Very nice campground. We stayed two nights. The only down-side is the black/gray water hook-up at the site. I think every post here has mentioned the PVC setup ...not ideal. Everything else was very nice and the people were very friendly. Weather was perfect ...both days in the 70s. The park was not even half-full, so very quiet and relaxing. We have two medium-sized dogs and there are walking trails and softball fields near by, so they were able to get plenty of exercise.

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4.3
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August 2010

We spent 3 nights at Shaw FamCamp. The staff was helpful and friendly. There were only 6 other visitors so it was quiet. We were allowed to pick our site. The sewer hookups were unusual so to speak - long pvc pipes as mentioned in other reviews. The site where we ended up only had half of the sewer connection with no cap on it. Yuck. So, we "borrowed" pipe from an empty site to complete the configuration! Worked great once we did that. The restrooms and laundry could use some good cleaning. Toilets and showers were clean, but the floor and walls weren't. Looked as if they hadn't been wiped down in months. The laundry room is small (2 washers/dryers) but the price was right - 25 cents to wash and $1 to dry, but you get 80 minutes. Unheard of! Overall, it was OK.

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Aug 21 - 23 2010

This is one of those places that is a best kept secret. While we were there, there were never more than 6 Occupied RV's on the grounds. There were two others whose owners never showed up during our stay. A word of Warning to those who are used to seeing the site numbers near the power pedestals. You need to adjust your thinking. The numbers near the pedestals at this location refer to the space between the number and the pedestal on the other side of the paved parking space. When we arrived we had been assigned space 5 but saw an RV parked in what we thought was space 5. We took another space as instructed for weekend arrivals. After setting up and taking our first walk we discovered the unique numbering system. When the manager came in on Monday we reported our mistake. We were allowed to stay in space 6 for another day. The sewer system leaves a lot to be desired. It would help control leaks if they would glue the pipes at the joints. They have 6 inch taps along the length of the the above ground system but you need a wide jaw (3 inch) pliers to get the covers loose. The water tap is at the front of the site while power is to the rear. Each site has its own covered trash can and there is a dumpster at the end of the row for large items. All in all this is a remarkably well maintained space.

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July 2010

The most positive thing is that there are great things to do in the area. We really enjoyed visiting some of the historical sites. Otherwise, we stayed at the campground 3 nights. While the campground seemed clean, they really needed to have someone improve the laundry room. The staff seemed pleasant, but not very friendly. They do have a great office building! We were surprised at the speed of driving (including the security police) around the campground. No way someone could have stopped if one of the small children ran out into the road.

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June 9, 2010

A great stop-over camp. Wish it had been closer to the Interstate, we took a 30 mile or so jog off 95, but it was easy to locate. Park staff were not overly knowledgeable but nice. If you need ice be sure to get it at the store, the ice machine at the camp is for a specific use only and not for resale of ice - more of a storage unit. The facilities appear to be in the midst of repair or reconstruction - lots of PVC pipe all over the top of the ground. From other posts it appears to have been this way for a while. Overall value and experience was good. We think this could be a diamond in the rough. We were thankful it was there, we felt safe and secure as we rested for the remaining part of our journey.

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May 20 - 22, 2010

We liked the area, enjoyed the base. The RV site was a bit small when trying to back a 5th wheel in. Ten feet wide is a bit smaller than most RV sites. The sewer hook up was the worst one we've ever encountered. We have traveled all over the USA and never ever seen one like it in any RV park military or civilian and I'd have to question if it was all within code specs. The PVC 6 inch pipe from the rear of the site leading to the actual sewer dump located at the front of the site, (PVC was about 20 feet long). The PVC pipe was constructed with two 10 foot 6 inch pipes connecting them with a T connector with 90 degree elbows on each end. None of the joints were glued and could be taken apart if needed. Needless to say, from a sanitary standpoint if you use the system there and the pipe came apart for whatever reason then you'd have one big mess to clean up and I'm sure the Famcamp and base would have to get involved. Suggestion...disconnect the pipe and set it aside then get the proper hoses and connectors.

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