The Oaks at Point South is a Thousand Trails campground located in Yemassee, South Carolina. We stayed there for two weeks May 4 to May 18, 2019.
During our stay, the weather ranged from sunny to stormy with daytime temperatures in the 80s. We experienced at least three lightning storms while in the area, one of which spawned tornado watches in neighboring Georgia. Luckily, we had none in our area. In fact, Yemassee seemed to only get the edges of the bigger storms. I’m not sure if that holds true throughout the year, but it was nice to be spared the worst of them.
Our spot was a nice size with a decent amount of space between our neighbors and large shade trees all around. At this time of year, the park was mostly full; but we still felt like we had plenty of room and it was very quiet. Our neighbors were friendly and one even stopped by to help Brian replace our large slide topper. Cell service was excellent for both AT&T and Verizon and we only had a few minor slowdowns in the evening stream time. We had full hookups with 50 amp electrical service and it looks like the entire park has that available. We did lose power twice, once during a big storm when the whole region was out of power; the other just for a few minutes at our pole. We’re not sure what caused that one as there was no storm at the time. We didn’t report it since the power came back on right away.
The staff we talked with were nice and helpful. They do accept packages there, though I’d check with them about USPS mail. It seemed that may not get delivered there. It’s not a huge park, which makes for a nice, quiet atmosphere. They have a small pool, bathrooms, and laundry as well as a pretty lake that’s shared with the KOA next door. There are warnings about alligators in the lake, but we never saw any; so they seemed to keep to themselves. The lake is a short walk from the edge of the park and separated from it by trees, so we weren’t concerned about any alligators showing up in the actual campground. We walked around the entire lake one afternoon. It doesn’t take long and you just need to be aware of how to deal with alligators, which they discuss in the welcome paperwork. It’s the same as hiking in the desert with snakes or the woods with bears or mountain lions. Be aware and know what to do if you come across them.
One thing we really appreciated about this particular Thousand Trails is that they assigned our space ahead of time based on our size. Every other Thousand Trails park we’ve stayed at is first come, first served – meaning you try to get there right at check-in and hope or pray that there is a space open that’s big enough for you.
Yemassee doesn’t have a lot of shopping or things to do, but it’s about 45 minutes to an hour from Charleston to the North, Savannah to the South, and Hilton Head and other coastal towns to the East. (Watch our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channel for more about those day trips!) This makes it an awesome base camp while exploring the area, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to stay in each of those locations.
The town of Beaufort is about 30 minutes away (toward the coast) with a number of big box stores and better grocery options than the local Yemassee area. We were able to buy our finicky cats’ food there and found a Publix, which has a decent selection of organic food. Beaufort is a cute town and has a number of good restaurants. Eating keto limits our dining out options, but we did enjoy (twice) the upscale Old Bull Tavern. We liked it so much the first time that we decided to go back for our 16th wedding anniversary!
The value is excellent considering it’s part of our Thousand Trails membership. Figuring in our monthly payment, it cost us about $75 for the two weeks.
We enjoyed this park, especially its location. We highly recommend staying here if you’re in the area because you can explore popular towns within an hour’s drive and sleep in the woods.
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