Georgetown County, SC – The highly-anticipated Riverview Resort & Marina in Georgetown County may begin construction by next year, pending the approval of permits for its development on the Sampit River.
Located south of the intersection of Shady Grove Lane and U.S. Highway 521 between Georgetown and Andrews, the resort is poised to offer an array of amenities. Highlights include a marina, pool, clubhouse, sports courts, a mini-golf area, and potentially a commercial area boasting a restaurant, gas station, market, cafe, and boardwalk.
“Our team is actively engaged in the design and permitting stages for the park, aiming to break ground in 2024,” said development representative Matthew Ryan.
The 260-acre plot was rezoned in 2021. While originally planned to house a 350-home subdivision known as Bluffs at North Hampton, the change in zoning allows for the resort's construction with a capacity of up to 700 RV lots.
The transition from the initial housing project to the resort stems from a commitment to environmental conservation. “Our design team has been meticulous in preserving the environmental assets that first attracted us to this location,” Ryan shared.
All RV sites will offer electricity, water, and sewer connections, accompanied by green spaces designed for guests' comfort. These lots will be spacious, accommodating back-in and pull-through parking styles and enough room for an additional vehicle and outdoor setup.
In line with the commitment to boating enthusiasts, a permit application has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a 98-slip marina. This phased project will ensure boating access and day storage within the Sampit River. Furthermore, an upland RV park is being considered for a Corps permit, simplifying the development process for minor projects.
National Land Lease Capital's presentation to the Georgetown County Council two years prior projected a tax revenue of over $130,000 upon the RV resort's completion.
While renowned RV resorts like Ocean Lakes, Lakewood, and Pirateland are situated roughly 30 miles away, Georgetown County officials aim to draw in more tourists. Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, recognized by USA Today as a top RV destination in America, underscores the region's appeal.
Beth Stedman, CEO and president of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, commented on the potential impact, stating, "An RV park would certainly cater to the growing need for tourist accommodations, especially in the western region of the county."
The proposed RV park's proximity to attractions like 8 Oaks Park and Hidden Marina & Campground, and the forthcoming Black River State Park, further bolsters its appeal.
Mark Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, expressed optimism about the future. "With the unveiling of South Carolina’s newest state park along the Black River, we anticipate a surge in visitors seeking outdoor retreats to reconnect with nature and appreciate South Carolina’s Hammock Coast," he said.
Source: Post & Courier