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Short Stay Recreational Area, SC | Featured Military Camping Facility

This week’s featured camping facility is the Short Stay Recreational Area, based out of Joint Base Charleston, SC. Nestled right on Lake Moultrie, Short Stay offers wonderful water views, plenty of camping, fishing, and beach for all to enjoy. Lake Moultrie is a large lake in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.


Short Stay Recreational Area sits on 55 acres, and has several accommodations available - there's lodging, rustic camping, and a FamCamp, all of which can be reserved 3 months in advance.

Short Stay Villas


The villas can sleep 4-6 people, rustic cabins can sleep 2-4 people, and the bunkhouse can sleep 16 people. Rustic log cabins are equipped with a refrigerator, beds, heating and A/C, and microwaves. There is a nearby bathhouse and/or portalet.

Short Stay Cabin


RV sites have the option of waterfront or wooded and have either 30 or 50amp capability. There is a dump station nearby and a bathhouse. The campground offers free Wi-Fi, a general store, and laundry facilities.


You'll also find boat, paddleboard and kayak rentals, propane tank refill, a playground, boat launch access, picnic area access, beach area access, and swimming at Short Stay Recreational Area. You can also rent various camping equipment.

Short Stay FamCamp


Nearby Charleston, South Carolina, offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some things you might enjoy doing while visiting:


  1. Explore Historic Downtown: Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the historic district, lined with antebellum architecture, colorful houses, and charming shops.

  2. Visit Fort Sumter: Take a ferry ride to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. The fort offers historical exhibits and stunning views of Charleston Harbor.

  3. Visit the USS Yorktown: The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is one of the most decorated aircraft carriers of World War II. The USS Yorktown is a museum ship at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, near Charleston. Visitors can tour the ship, explore its decks, and learn about its storied history through exhibits and displays.

  4. Enjoy the Beaches: Head to nearby beaches like Folly Beach or Isle of Palms for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing by the ocean.

  5. Sample Lowcountry Cuisine: Indulge in Charleston's renowned culinary scene, featuring dishes like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and Lowcountry boil. Don't miss out on trying some classic Southern barbecue either. High Cotton and Slightly North of Broad are fantastic restaurants downtown on East Bay St. to try.

  6. Take a Ghost Tour: Charleston is known for its haunted history. Join a guided ghost tour to hear spooky tales and visit historic sites with eerie pasts.

  7. Visit Waterfront Park: Relax in Waterfront Park, featuring picturesque views of the Charleston Harbor, fountains, gardens, and walking paths.

  8. Explore Museums and Galleries: Immerse yourself in Charleston's art and history by visiting museums like the Gibbes Museum of Art or the Charleston Museum.

  9. Go on a Carriage Tour: Take a guided carriage tour through the streets of Charleston for a narrated journey through the city's history and architecture.



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