SC-Chau Ram County Park-Oconee

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  1. Dredwolf

    Dredwolf New Member

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    Trying to post this from my Blackberry Curve, hope it works. We are currently in the PUP at this small county park, less than 25 sites, but I am impressed. This park was made for tent campers. Small sites, but with 30 amp service and water. Sites are too small for TT's or 5th wheels, but just right for pups. My Flagstaff is a 12'box with the front storage bin, so its actually 14', with king and queen, so it fills a site pretty well. But we had room for the TV and our wagon, since we were doing a festival. All the sites were on a steep hillside, so it took so doing, but they are using timbers to build retaining walls to add to the sites. The bathrooms were as good as any SC state park, and the county staff worked to keep the little park very clean, even making garbage pickup runs through the camping area. As I type this, we are one of only three camping groups here, the others are a truck camper, and a set of tent campers.

    Sites are gravel, with fire rings and "park" style grills, but the camping loop road is asphalt. They even have a woodshed offering already split seasoned hardwood for $3 a stuffed 5 gallon bucket. This little park has a nice dumping station too.
    There are hiking trails, and small waterfall with a suspension bridge and picnic area. The county operates two other parks with camping, but bring cash, these little parks don't take plastic.
    Hope this posts.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">1995 GMC G2500 or whatever runs..
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    Nights camped in '08:9 Booked: 14

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  2. Camp Wilson

    Camp Wilson New Member

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    Thanks for the info Dredwolf!! I have stayed at High Falls twice(another park operated by Oconee County). In fact our first trip with our PUP we went to High Falls this past April. High Falls sounds a lot like Chau Ram other than they do have some larger sites that allows larger TT and 5th wheels. It is located on lake Keowee and has two boat ramps, a large swimming area, play ground, fishing pier, put-put, and a softball field.
    Both would be a great camp when the leaves start turning.

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  3. Dredwolf

    Dredwolf New Member

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    Thanks for the info on High Falls, I am really impressed with these county parks, its a close trip for us too. We have stayed at Oconee State park a few times tent camping, but have not gotten the pup there yet. Oh, one note on Chau Ram, they close the gates early, 8PM, so if you plan to eat dinner out, do it early before the gates close.
    We'll be back here, but I want to try High Falls too. The leaves in this area in October are something to behold.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">1995 GMC G2500 or whatever runs..
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">1998 Flagstaff
    Nights camped in '08:15 Booked: 20
     
  4. WrkrBee

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    Since this thread is 12 years old, it's due for an update. We stayed here two nights last week. The entrance road is about 1.5 lanes wide. The campground road loop goes straight up a good hill. Sites are terraced and about 90 degrees from the road. A staffer goes with you to make sure you can get your rig in, since it can be tricky backing in up or down a hill at strange angles. Campground is not bicycle friendly. No problem with utilities. Campground had low usage during the week. About 2 dozen sites and we made three campers when we rolled in. Firewood is inexpensive and across the road from Site 1. There was site maintenance going on, so sites 1 through 3, were closed for equipment and material staging. Bathhouse was clean, but the design needs to be updated, to eliminate the common shower changing area. We used the camper shower. The park sees a lot of day use due to the falls, rapids, beach, swimming, trails, etc. Saw a Ranger stop the ATV, get out, and pick up a tiny piece of trash that I had not seen.

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    My granddaughter looked at me funny a said you're lying when I told her our gym showers were columns with several shower heads on each.
     

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