Buck Hall Recreation Area Camping

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful vacation. We made our base camp at Buck Hall Recreation Area. I have the recreation.gov app on my phone and that is where I found this campground. It’s in the Francis Marion National Forest. I’m not positive now what made us choose this place, but I’m sure it had something to do with it being on the intracoastal waterway. The fact that it was the beginning of the coastal end of The Palmetto Trail also helped. I do love to hike! Charleston and its beaches being an hour away was also a plus.

The first thing that I would say to someone thinking about visiting this campground would be, “BRING BUG SPRAY”, because these mosquitoes and sand flies mean business! It wasn’t as bad at the campsite because having a campfire kept them at a distance. The first morning on The Palmetto Trail was a different story, though. Our hike pretty much ended before it began. We literally had to turn around because of the bugs. So we decided to regroup and come back. More about that later.

One of the coolest things about this campground was that it was on the intracoastal waterway. Our site was one of five on the water. You couldn’t walk down into the water from there because of the retaining wall, but it was so cool watching the boats go by. There were lots of fishing boats that passed, but one barge came by that was insanely big for such a narrow space. ⬇️

The bathrooms were pretty nice and clean but as you can see below I wasn’t always able to shower alone. The first night when I showered one little frog kept me company. The last night he brought along a friend. 😆

Of course I have to mention the dolphins! Two different times we were able to see them. The first time was during breakfast and my husband and I both happened to look up at the same time. The second time was a couple of days later. How cool to see dolphins while sitting at our site! Check out the video below. ⬇️

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  1. That is so cool! It looks like it is a very beautiful site. I think the little tree frogs are neat. We had them in Wisconsin but not around here.

    • It was a really nice site. There was always some kind of breeze. If the bugs weren’t an issue it would have been perfect. I’d read that they were bad there but I thought we were early enough in the season to miss that. Wrong! But seeing the dolphins while sitting & eating breakfast was awesome.

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