Weston Lake Recreation Area and RV Park

Weston Lake Recreation Area and RV Park

 
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Weston Lake Recreation Area and RV Park

Location

Installation
Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC
GPS Coordinates
34.007222, -80.828403
Location Information
Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC
RV Gate Coordinates
33.998761, -80.819047

Directions

Directions
From I-20 East or West take I-77 South to Exit 9 to SR-262, Leesburg Rd. Go East about 8 miles to entrance on the left. ---- From I-26 East (Exit 115) and West (Exit 116) take I-27 North to Exit 9. Go East about 8 miles to entrance on the left. ---- From Sumter on US-378 exit at US-601 North. Go about 5 miles to SR-262, Leesburg Rd. Turn left going west on SR-262. It's about 6.5 miles to the recreation sign on the right.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(803) 751-5253
Mailing Address
Weston Lake Recreation Area, Recreation Division, Fort Jackson, SC 29207-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted.
Internet Access
None available in the recreation area.
Pet Information
Allowed in the RV Park with the usual leash and clean-up rules. Doggie clean-up stations available throughout the park. Pets are not allowed in the rental cabins.
Campground Information
Cabin rates vary on type of accommodation. $5 dump fee if not staying. Camping, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, swimming, and more - Weston Lake is a wonderful recreation choice any time of year. Accommodations at Weston Lake include camp grounds, recreational vehicle facilities and cabins, all fully equipped for an enjoyable get away without any hassles. Both the hiking and the biking trails accommodate all fitness levels so your workout can be as leisurely or as challenging as you choose. If you enjoy water sports, you'll love the variety of water craft available for rent on an hourly or daily basis. Choose from motor boats, canoes, paddle boats, and pontoon boats. Weston Lake also features picnic shelters, a spacious air conditioned community house, a beach pavilion (perfect for a BBQ or family reunion!), playgrounds and sports fields. And when you really need a break from the ordinary, sign up for a day trip deep sea fishing, white water rafting, snow skiing or canoeing.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
Small Golden Age/Access discount available on some sites.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
33
W/30,50A/S
$22
N/A
N/A
Tent
Unlimited
None
$6
N/A
N/A
Cabins
11
Full
$18 - $85
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Officially, not allowed on the installation.
DoD Interactive Comment Evaluation

The Department of Defense (DoD) Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is a web-based tool that collects feedback on services provided by various organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Click the ICE logo to submit your evaluation on this campground directly to the responsible department.

Weather Information

Weston Lake makes it easy to get the feeling of the great outdoors getaway without the drive. Located on Fort Jackson, only a short 5 minute drive from Gate 5, Weston Lake Recreation Area feels like a world apart from your regular workday world. Weston Lake has you covered whether it is a place for an afternoon picnic, a waterfront cabin for a long weekend, an air conditioned building big enough to house the largest of family reunions or a place to park an RV.

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    2015/2016 Price List, including cabins, RV/Camp sites, and Boating.
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4.1
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5.0

Dec 16 - Apr 17

This is our last night at Weston Lake in Fort Jackson RV Park. We have wintered here from 1 Dec 16 – 16 Apr 17. Here is my take a way of the park: If you like plenty of spaces between RV’s this might be the place for you. If you get the lower sites (we had N-5) there are huge amounts of space between each site. The higher sites (in the 20’s) are more typical of other parks. There are quite a few of active duty that are living there full time! I know why but it takes away from many of the nicer sites from others. You can stay up to 90 days but with an extension they will let you stay longer if approved. We stayed here because my son was active duty here. Wife wanted to be around the grandsons!!! They have raised their daily costs. Daily fee is now $22.00 per night. $19.50 if you have an Access Pass. There are no weekly or monthly rates. Be forewarned: there are on laundry services here. You have to go on post or drive down Leesburg road. I must say, the area doesn’t look the safest but that might be me. We never had any issues but everyone told us to be careful. The back gate has some very weird hours so I would suggest you take a picture of the hours until you get used to going on post. As of today the lake is way down. You CAN NOT put a boat in at the ramp. They have been repairing the damn so they have drained the lake. Before it was lowered the fishing was good. Stumps that are now 5’ to 6’ out of the water were completely submerged when we first got here. So if you plan on fishing in a boat I would call first. The office personal is friendly and helpful. They did have trouble finding where I paid over the phone so keep your receipts! They have a large swimming beach but it doesn’t open until Memorial Day. I was here last June and the whole area is full of people. Overall our stay here was great. I would stay again if ever in the area. 

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Feb - Mar 2017

Excellent upgraded RV sites. Quiet, ameneties short drive. 

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3.6
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0

March 2017

If you like remote camping this may be a good place to go. It’s on a small, but nice lake and set well back in the woods: Very picturesque with nice beach. You are at least 8 mi from any stores and with gate times, generally have to go completely around the base to get into Ft Jackson. There is a nice Aldi’s and Food Lion nearby. Site price is cheap, but you get what you pay for. RV sites are good condition concrete pads 40+ feet long with a picnic apron around 30’ long. We needed an extra 30’ section of sewer hose to connect up. Our site was fairly level, having to put the downhill side on one set of blocks to get level. We saw several sites that had a definite slant though. By far the worst part is entry and exit. The entry road ~ 2mi long is not wide enough for Class A’s to pass and the road sides have large broken sections and the shoulder drops 6 – 12” in places. They do not shut the entry gate at night, but I did see the police make a few daytime swings through the CG. To top it off, check-in is down a one-way very narrow dirt/gravel road with close aboard trees and one turn that was really tight to navigate. A large 5th Wheel might not make it. You then continue back to the main road to go to the CG. There was a lending library for DVDs at check-in. From general maintenance conditions it appears that their focus is on renting the many pavilions & cabins on site. No WiFi and Verizon cell was sporadic. Cable connections are still there, but I was told there aren’t funds to pay the bill, so it’s disconnected. They do have both a grill and fire ring at each site. Unfortunately there was a general disregard for the leash law with at least 3 nearby campsites that just let their dogs out. It was 80 deg, calm and blue skies when we tried to rent a boat, but we’re told the dock was too dangerous to use. We asked about canoes (which were sitting on the beach) and we’re told, “I said no boat rentals” by the L-in-C. 

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Overall rating 
 
4.3
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0

14-18 Sept 2016

First time staying here, and I can appreciate previous reviewer’s enthusiasm. This is a terrific campground with long, level, and wide concrete pads, patio, grill, and fire ring. It appears some sites do not have septic hook up, and not all are satellite friendly. We did not use the restrooms/bathhouse, so cannot comment on that. The lake is peaceful and quiet as we observed no boating or fishing activity whatsoever. We will return.

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

13 April 2016

Our first stop at Weston Lake. We loved it. Location and site were very nice. The staff was extremely easy to deal with. We don't generally use the restrooms or laundry, so we can't speak to those. It will be on our list of places to return to.

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Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

Jan 1 2016

I go out of my way to stay at this park. We could stay in a parking lot, or look for a campground off the interstate but we like this place. It's quite and has very nice concrete pads.  You can't beat the price. The only thing that needs attention is the gravel road through the actual RV park. This area has had a lot of rain, which has caused the gravel to wash out. We arrived on Jan 1 and the office was closed. We made contact and paid for our overnight the next morning. Nice office and friendly staff. I tell everyone about this place.

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(Updated: November 13, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
5.0
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3.0

May 25 - 29, 2015

If we are ever in the area again we will definitely stay here. The sites are spread out which we love! They all have nice level concrete pads, nice picnic table, grill and fire ring. It's very quiet and relaxing. Only a couple of issues for me...there isn't an internet service. We thought is was going to be a problem however it was really nice disconnecting for the week. The cable at our site wasn't the best. We probably should have let the office know but as long as I had 1 local station to check the news and weather that was fine. One of the main reasons we chose Weston Lake was for the lake. However because there wasn't a life guard on Tuesday and Wednesday we weren't allowed to use it. We are grown adults that were staying with no children. That was the only thing the campground offered. It should have been available to us to use. We also rented a big cabin. Which are wonderful and the decks are overlooking the lake...awesome views. They do need a little upgrading but all in all very nice. We did catch a little mouse in the kitchen LOL. It just really bothered me that we didn't have use of the lake when that was one of the main reasons we wanted to stay there.

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3.5
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0

April 27, 2015

Like everyone says, nice pads, nice hookups, but it needs work yet. New pads still not finished and bath house still looked closed. Very friendly host. We won't be going back, but all the sites were full. We had the last one available, so other folks must like it!

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Overall rating 
 
3.2
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5.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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2.0

Jan. 1, 2015 - Feb. 13, 2015

Campground location is fine, it's a campground! Nice RV Pads, about 40’. Hookups are in left rear corner, so we had to buy extra sewer hose. Staff is nice. Nice picnic table, fire ring and grill at each site. Restroom/shower house at campsites appears to be being refurbished. It was closed for our 44 day stay, and no one has worked on it at all. There is a restroom within walking distance at the boat ramp, but the heater does not work, and the place has not been cleaned for a long time, the toilet was clean thou. Main restroom/shower house is next to the office, which is not within reasonable walking distant to go shower. It is nice, but not once was the floor sweep and mopped during our stay, and it needs it. Half the sites lights on the power pedestal don’t work. Cable hookup doesn’t work, but you can get the main TV networks over a good digital antenna. No Internet. Golf Carts are allowed. CAUTION: LOW AC Power which can damage your RV’s equipment. Staying from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 13, 2015. Had site manager turn in Work order on Jan. 6th. For a week I tried to get status by making numerous phone calls. The Next week I turned in an ICE evaluation. About 4 days later, campground employee meter’s AC at sites. They are showing 109vac on one leg, and 111vac on the other leg, and tell me 108vac is satisfactory (wrong). I show him at that time, with just a 2 amp load on L-1, we have 104vac. And a 14 amp load on L-2 indicated 107vac. Power is worse on colder days and nights. Around Feb. 4th I get in contact with the Electrician. Only answer I am still getting from anyone, is the issue is known about. I had to run my refrigerator on LP Gas the whole time so the low power didn’t damage it. Buying all the extra LP just added to the cost of staying here. I am normally at the campsite most every day and offered to help show the problem to an electrician, but no contact. The Coax cable service has not been repaired for months, and around Jan. 9th, they have suspended all internet service that was offered.

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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

December 27 2014

Stayed here one night. Large concrete pads, full hook ups. About 40 ft to 45 ft long. They are building about 12 more concrete pads. A mistake I made was I busted my water filter canister. I hooked to the water, unfiltered and picked up a lot of sand. After I put a new canister on, I had to pull off the commode valves and the kitchen faucet to clean the filters. Never use unfiltered water! They have also built a new office since my last visit. Staff very friendly. Yea it's out of the way but you can't beat the price and quietness. Will keep this place on my list of good locations.

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

June 29, 2014

We were a little concerned reading the previous reviews, but I am glad we came here. Our campsite has full hookups with a large concrete pad. There is a lot of room between sites. The person at the office was friendly and helpful. If in the area again, we will return.

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Overall rating 
 
4.9
Location 
 
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0
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5.0

Mar 2014

This facility is now accepting reservations. You have to pay for the first night when you make reservations. Have stayed at this facility on various occasions and have always had a pleasant stay. They have both long and short term sites available. The only thing they need to do now is build a laundry facility.

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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0

December 2013

We stay at this campground quite often on our way down south. We have never had a problem getting in without a reservation, although we are usually here in the winter and try not to make it a weekend. The concrete pads are pretty level and the campground is nice, with a beach and boat rentals. We usually only stay for a few nights, but I don't think there is a laundry facility and the bathrooms/showers could use some attention. Lots of homesteaders, which means it's pretty quiet and people keep to themselves. They also give a small discount with the "Senior Pass". We have never been able to get the free Wi-Fi to work, but have had no problems with the cable.

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3.3
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0

December 23, 2013

Stopped by to check the recreation area out. It was slow and hardly anyone here at this time of the year. It looks like this would be a very busy recreation area in the summer. LOTS of rental boats and other water activities available in the summer. They recently added new RV sites. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The office also includes a small store. This is a larger complex and everything is a little spread out. This isn't a bad thing, as you don't feel cramped and it's easier to enjoy the outdoors.

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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
5.0
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5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0

July 2013

Stayed July 2013. Locating the park is a little difficult due to one obscure roadside sign which is not easily noticeable during the day and ever worse at night due to poor lighting. Entry roads are rough and dilapidated. Access to park is off the beaten track. Currently, soldiers have to leave the post and drive around the perimeter of the Fort to gain access, I highly recommend an additional access road be developed from the current fire roads to accommodate the soldiers. This is for the soldiers ...RIGHT? The park personnel are very professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. Park grounds are very well maintained. The campsites and cabins are reasonably close to the water and the community house, but the office and general store are a short drive or long walk away from both cabins and campgrounds. Adding a laundry facility would be a plus. This park seems to be always under improvement every time I pass through here. I hate to let the secret out, but this is a great park for it's size. Wish they would expand to wooded areas and more around the lake.

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(Updated: June 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
4.0
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3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0

25-26 June 2013

Stayed 25-26 June 2013. Park grounds were well maintained. It is a bit off the beaten track and was relaxing & quiet. We drew a new hardstand that was level and accommodated our 33' fifth wheel with ease. The water pressure was & flow was quite sufficient. We found the pedestal AC voltage to be quite low 110 VAC no load > 106 VAC with AC running. Our EMS alerted us to this when the AC attempted to restart on the thermostat by cycling on & off AC failed to start but drew the voltage down enough to cause the EMS to error out & interrupt power to our rig. Maintenance came out & replaced the 30 amp breaker. that marginally improved things but allowed no cushion to guarantee the AC compressor would not stall on restart with a head pressure. We therefore ran our generator during the day and used park power at night when voltage was in the 118-116 range. Overall we enjoyed our stay and will use this facility in the future. Amenities & Value suffered due to the voltage issue.

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(Updated: June 12, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Location 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0
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4.0

1 Jun 2013

Stayed overnight while passing through. What a NICE park! Grounds are kept up nice. Got to use our Golden Access Pass on a $17.50 site making it only $15 a night. There are old sites and new sites. We were lucky to get one of the 2 remaining new sites. Nice big cement slabs with a lot of room between campsites. Had a nice new picnic table and there was a fire pit with wood to use (had we been in the mood to do so). The only reason I didn't give it all 5's was it's a little ways off the freeway, the signage is very poor to get to the campground (we took a wrong turn and ended up in the picnic area) and I had a HECK of a time trying to figure where to pay when we wanted to leave the next day but we'll definitely stay there again when going home to NY from FL.

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(Updated: November 13, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Location 
 
4.0
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5.0
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0
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4.0

10-28 June 2012

Stayed here as we moved to Fort Jackson for my new assignment while we waited on permanent housing. Was a little confused about the process of checking in, but after calling as we drove in went straight to the sites, found one we liked, parked, and then went to the office to check in. Very courteous staff. New sites are concrete pads with lighted power posts, old sites are asphalt that are better suited for a smaller camper. We lived out there for 2+ weeks while I in-processed and took over my new job until our on-post house was ready and we received our household goods. We kept the camper a few extra days out there for family to stay who visited for a couple of days. Not having a laundry facility was a pain; we found one on post, but later saw one closer to the campsite on Leesburg Road. Lots for the kids to do around the lake with bicycling and a few playgrounds. We never got the time to fish, but the staff was knowledgeable about what was biting (not much!) and with what bait. This was mainly a place to hang out and sleep while we explored our new community. Other members of our family have used the cabins when visiting and enjoyed them even though about 20 minutes from our house to the campground. We will probably not stay out there while living here (would rather take the camper elsewhere) but would recommend to anyone passing through or visiting the Columbia area.

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(Updated: April 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Location 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0

March 1 - 3, 2013 and March 13-15, 2013

We really enjoyed Weston Lake. The sites are fairly close to each other, but it was low attendance both times. We came up to visit our son who was temporarily at Fort Jackson. The base is close and has a very nice exchange and commissary. There is a Food Lion just down the road from the campground and of course there's a WalMart near by. It was chilly during our visit, but the office sold good firewood. There was only one trail to hike, but basically it was nice just to walk around the lake and the campground. We had a very good experience and expect to return.

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(Updated: November 12, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Value 
 
5.0
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5.0

Nov 10 and 11 2012

We were thoroughly impressed with Weston Lake. After reading the previous reviews, we were a little leary, however, the trip there was outstanding. The staff was very friendly on check-in and made us welcome. PROS: The park along with directional signs, has obviously been upgraded from the reviews I have read. The area is picturesque. The lake with all the rental equipment is the center point of the park. The new RV sites have concrete pads with both 30 & 50 Amp service, water, cable and sewage located on an illuminated post so your spot # can be seen. There is plenty of room between neighbors and each of the new sites has a new table, grill and fire ring. CONS: Directions are poor. When exiting I-77 like we did, start following the signs for Hwy 262 (Leesburg Road). Once on Leesburg Rd, it is in fact 9.1 miles. Keep looking left for the sign for the park. The wifi is the other con. It worked good for the first couple of hours then went dead and was local only(?). A call to the staff reported that sometimes it drops out. Overall, a great stay in a clean, well maintained park with a lot of friendly people. We will be back in the summer with the grand kids. Thanks.

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