This park is still recovering from last year's hurricane, but is almost back to normal. They rebuilt a very nice pool and some nice looking cabins. The RV sites remain much like they were previously - sand/gravel/mud and a bit uneven. Given that, this park is WAY overpriced for what it offers. We stayed here just one night because we decided to extend our OBX trip by one day and the campground to the south couldn't extend our stay. The KOA staff was very helpful in accommodating my request for a pull through for one night. I was shocked when I checked in and I had to pay $5 per dog for one night (I had 4 on this trip, as I was dog-sitting an extra). So my total for one night was $114! Given that the sites are dirt and mud, we don't use the bathhouses, there is no wi-fi at the site, the cafe was closed Monday and Tuesday, the mosquitoes were horrendous, and I brought my own dog bags, I am not sure what that $114 was getting me. I will say the new ramps over the dunes are nice and the new bathhouses appeared nice, but short of that, you would be much better off to look further south for a better deal and nicer sites.
This campground is the best option on the Outer Banks. At less than half the price of the neighboring campgrounds, it is a great deal. They really recovered nicely from last year's hurricane damage and have spruced up the park somewhat. They even added deck chairs at the pool. The Wi-Fi seemed improved from last year, though still a bit hit or miss. Still no soap or paper towels in the restrooms, which is puzzling. There had been a near record amount of rain in the weeks before our visit, so (no fault of Ocean Waves) the place was a swamp. Several sites were unusable and almost all sites had puddles of water and mud. Not much they can do about the lack of drainage on a barrier island, but be advised to take old shoes or boots if the forecast calls for heavy rain! Also, due to the rain, the mosquitoes were horrendous. They literally swarmed you when you step outside. However, the campground has a curious rule banning torches. We have a tiki torch that burns citronella liquid that is a must for mosquitoes. I'd say if management won't allow such items, they better contract someone to spray the campground for bugs. All in all, a nice campground right on the beach and a great deal for the money. We will go back.
A very nice park, but it has a few issues that keep it from being rated higher. The campground is very wooded, which makes July in Georgia much more tolerable. It is also very spacious, at least at the pull through sites. We had so much room between us and the next rig over that we thought there might be a tent site in between (there wasn't). As noted by a prior reviewer, the hookups are somewhat randomly placed, so check carefully before you unhook. Also, our sewer cap was slightly uphill, and it also clogged up when I tried to dump. Management had someone out there within minutes to work the issue, however. The campground is also very sandy as mentioned, so there is plenty of dust and your feet will be black if you aren't wearing socks and shoes. The biggest disappointment however, were the mosquitoes. Other than Alaska, I have never seen so many mosquitoes in my life. They swarmed us as soon as we were out the door. They even bite through clothing! We were told by a shopkeeper that they spray the island, but if so, they missed the campground. We could not even sit outside. Last, there are some trees very close to the roads, so watch carefully when you pull in and out. I was able to maneuver a 38' fifth wheel OK, but there wasn't a lot of room on some roads to make the turns. Other roads are fine - it is just luck of the draw, so check things out before committing yourself to a road. Overall, we enjoyed the island very much. The beaches were quiet and peaceful, though the water is very silty. There is a very nice municipal beach near the convention center, 5 minutes drive from the campground. The campground is adequate and decent for the price, just bring lots of bug spray!
This is a tough campground to rate because it will be very appealing to some and not so much to others. For us, just looking for a nice place to park our rig close to the beach, it was a very good experience. There are only 29 sites, all with concrete pads and deep enough for a big rig and vehicle. There is ample parking for extra vehicles close by as well. The grounds are very well kept, with thick grass between each site. In addition, there is a huge field where dogs can be walked and are allowed to run off leash (if no other dogs or people are present). The beach is a short walk (8 minutes from our door to the public access). Overall, we found this place to be well kept and the manager is very involved with keeping it so. The only (minor) complaints we had were that there was no picnic table at the sites and the Wi-Fi was very weak and slow. If you are looking for a great location to park your rig (at half the price of other Destin campgrounds) while you enjoy the beaches and sights of Destin, I would highly recommend Geronimo. If you are looking for a campground with a view, a pool, and activities for your kids, you will need to look elsewhere.
Very nice campground located southeast of Chattanooga, about 1/4 mile into Georgia. Very convenient to all of the sights of Chattanooga; 15 minutes or less drive. Also, very convenient to I-75, which leads to a fairly regular turnover of sites. We used this campground as a base to sightsee. The staff was very helpful in recommending things to do and see. The battlefield just south was very interesting, and Ruby Falls and Rock City are a must. The packet they gave us when we checked in was very useful. It even included recommended directions for cars vs. big rigs, as the approaching roads to the campground are quite narrow and curvy. The campground has a small but well stocked store with reasonable prices. There is also acres of open space for dog walking and riding bikes. I would camp here again if visiting Chattanooga.
This is a very nice park in a great location. As many others have already commented on the tubing and other fun activities nearby, I will just say that I agree that this is a great family destination with tons of stuff to do nearby. The park is very clean and well kept. However, the roads do get quite muddy when it rains. My biggest issue with this campground is that it is really only barely big rig friendly. West Deep Creek Road, which brings you to the campground from Bryson City is VERY narrow and winding. My dually took up the entire lane and I had to "borrow" some of the other lane on some curves. Also, the campground itself has very narrow lanes and fences and rocks right to the edge of the road. If you are towing anything over about 34 feet, be very careful when you make the turns to the big rig spaces. The spaces themselves are just fine for a big rig - plenty wide and deep and more than enough room to back in. Again, the hardest part is just getting to the spots. So while you certainly can camp here with a big rig (my trailer is 38 feet), just take it easy and be very attentive. Lastly, I wanted to comment on the management. I found them all to be very helpful and knowledgeable about things to do in the area. Whether it was tubing, sightseeing, or places to eat in town, they had an answer and were willing to help. I did not experience any of the issues a few others have commented on in the past. All in all, a very nice campground that I would go to again.
I rate this campground as a strong 8. It is convenient to Williamsburg and surrounding attractions. The campground is nicely wooded, has level concrete pads, and nice, clean bathhouses. There are plenty of things to do in the park such as a long nature trail, horseshoes, basketball, mini-golf and what looks like a nice pool for the summer. They also have a very large fenced dog run for the pups. I have towed a 39' fiver into this campground a half dozen times and never had any issues with trees, obstacles or narrow roads. Take your time and you will be fine. Three minor things keep this park from a 9 or 10. First, the cable TV has always been very fuzzy here, as others have pointed out. Also, the Wi-Fi is very weak, and we were not very far from the office. I gave up using my computer after the first day. Last, if you are in the sites closest to the cabins, be prepared for healthy whiffs of sewage every now and then. There is a tall vent pipe of off the septic area that is quite pungent if the winds are right. Overall, you won't go wrong at this park.
We stayed here so that we could visit the NC zoo and also to see some fall colors in the Piedmont. It is a beautiful area, and the zoo was awesome. Overall, I would give this park a high 7 as it is currently, but it is very apparent the new owners are making rapid and extensive improvements since they took over in June. I could foresee a grade of 9 in the not too distant future. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground was clean and very pretty, with some great hiking trails along the river. There is a nice catch and release pond as well. The bathhouses are a bit messy right now, but that is due to the ongoing renovations. The only issues I had with the park are minor and more due to the "geography" of the park, and are out of the control of the owners, who obviously care about providing a nice camping experience. First, there is a fair amount of road noise if you are in the full hook up section rows near the edge. Also, I felt a bit like I was at Myrtle Beach, as our awning almost extended into our neighbor's site. Not all of the pull through sites are this narrow, but many seemed to be. As the park was not full, I thought management could have spread folks out more. Also, the sites are not very long. With my 38' rig, it was almost jutting out the back of the site, and I could barely parallel park my truck in front without being in the road. Last, there is a decent slope in the full hook up area, so bring your leveling blocks. Otherwise, nice park, lots of activities (putt putt, bocce ball, pool, volleyball, and more), and great staff. I would definitely camp here again.
The last time we camped here was our first trip to Myrtle Beach - in 2003. I vowed we would never go back and for the next 8 seasons we went to either Pirateland or Lakewood and enjoyed them both. I figured it was time to give Ocean Lakes another shot. Overall, it was about what I expected, though I give it a higher rating this time around due to the nice wide concrete pull throughs they now have in the 3000 section. Also, there are a ton of activities for all ages, every day of the week. Other than that, it doesn' have anything over its two neighboring parks and suffers from a few faults. First, golf carts are out of control and there is no sign that the management even cares. They are probably no worse than other nearby parks, but due to the immense size of Ocean Lakes, the number of "golf cart bandits" is much higher. Also, the beach was so narrow that it is incredibly crowded - if you don't have your umbrella in the sand by 8 AM, you may not find a spot. It doesn't help that everyone seems to have gazebo-sized sun shades either. The beach is narrow at Pirateland (where we camped last month), but because the park is so much smaller than Ocean Lakes, there is plenty of elbow room. All in all, if you don't mind the golf carts and a very crowded beach, you will be OK here. However, choose your spots wisely. Perimeter roads, the beachfront, and anywhere near the pool are very chaotic at all hours. If you want some quiet on relatively wide concrete pull throughs, look to the interior rows in the 3000 section. Note: we were with family on this trip and we had read about the incidents of theft. Though we did lock up some things, we had no incidents at either campsite and did not hear of anything being stolen anywhere around us.
We head to the Outer Banks about every other year, but have always stayed at the KOA next door. The prices there have climbed to ridiculous levels, so we finally got our request in early enough this year to secure 4 nights at Ocean Waves. We had walked through the campground before and it seemed pretty nice. I will admit, I was skeptical about the string of 9 and 10 ratings it garners. I will say it is a nice campground, but not quite worthy of a perfect 10 in my book. For my wife and I, who just want to park our camper and go to the beach, it is nearly perfect, especially given the price, but I am rating it for the benefit of others who may have kids or not be in a self-contained unit. That said, I would give it a low "8". The sites are a standard beach campground: very close. However, they are level, paved and deep. I was able to back in my 40' fiver and park my long bed truck in front of it without a problem. There is nice grass between each site: no sand spurs or hot sand! Water pressure was good and we showed 122 volts consistently on our EMS. The few minor negatives that keep this place from really being a 9 or 10: 1) The bathhouses are as stated by previous reviewers. Normally we use our own facilities, but do use the bathhouse when we are at the beach and don't want to go back to the rig. As stated before, no soap, no paper towels or dryer, and at 5'9", my knees pressed against the stall doors. How much can paper towels and some soap cost? Basic sanitation shouldn't be optional. 2) Next, the Wi-Fi was terrible. In site 64 we never got more than a "Low" signal and a 1.0 Mbps rate: think 1990s dial up speeds. Normally I don't care about having Internet, but my daughter was working some online classes and had to walk down to the office just to get a signal. It wasn't our equipment either. We had a Mac, a PC notebook, and a phone: same result, in or outside the camper. 3) The pool is not above ground as a previous rater stated, but a fiberglass shell that juts a foot or two above the ground and is surrounded by decking: no big deal. Adequate size for a campground this small. But there are no deck chairs at all. Seriously: a pool with no deck chairs? People were laying on their rafts or on towels on the hard deck. 4) The beach access is no problem for most people. However, anyone with difficulty navigating in deep sand or up steep hills, be warned. They need a boardwalk like the other 2 nearby campgrounds. 5) Not an issue for us, but there are no real activities for kids (other than miles of gorgeous beach of course!) A single swingset next to the dumpster was it. Compared to other beach places we've stayed, that seems to be lacking. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will go back. The beach is awesome: uncrowded and beautiful. The water can be rough at times and is usually chilly until mid-July. We saw plenty of kids in the water, so there is no need to drive to soundside beaches, as previously stated. In 30 minutes or so you can be in Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, or south to Buxton and Hatteras. If, like us, you just want to park your rig at a nice quiet place and fish or hit the beach, this place is for you. The price is unbeatable. If you are looking for a campground with nicer facilities, nice bathhouses, entertainment for your kids, Internet access, and a nice large pool, you might want to look elsewhere.
We go to this KOA on occasion, as it is close to our son's college. It is a nice campground, almost an 8 in my book, but not quite. The sites are level, the campground is visually appealing with woods and tall pines, and the staff is superb. Our dogs also enjoy the large dog runs. However, the detractors that take a bit of the shine off this KOA are the very dusty roads that turned to a muddy mess during rain, and the very busy road right in front of the campground. US 17 is very noisy at all hours and the car wash just in front of the park could be heard as well. The high volume of traffic makes turning left out of the park nearly impossible. Luckily most of the activities in Wilmington are to the right. All in all, a nice park, but fairly basic. It will fit your needs as a place to base out of for the Wilmington sites and beaches, but not a whole lot to do in the park if you have kids.
Very nice campground. Tons of stuff to do in the park for all ages. We don't have young kids, but were impressed with all of the activities available for the youngsters. There was a water park, climbing wall, kayak rental, paddle boat rental, fishing ponds and lakes, and bike trails. I enjoyed the running trails and the dog beach was an awesome place for our dogs. I only have 2 minor issues with this park that kept it from being a 10. First, is the approaches to the park. All of the roads have low trees, making it a bit of a white knuckle experience for tall rigs. My rig is 13' tall and several branches knocked into our front A/C unit. Once inside the park, all the clearances were OK. The other minor point is that many of the sites are close together and not very private. Be prepared to see and hear your neighbors in most sites. Beyond that, I'd highly recommend this park to anyone.
I have stayed at Lakewood many times and have always been satisfied with the park. However, this last trip I noticed a number of issues related to general upkeep and cleanliness. At check in the staff was very friendly and efficient. I was also disappointed that they still don't have Wi-Fi, as I needed Internet to keep up to date on the pending snowy weather and it's effect on my race that weekend. You can get free Wi-Fi at the coffee house, but it's only open from 8-12 each morning. However, my biggest issue is with upkeep of the sites. When I got to my site there was a big pile of sticks and leaves left by a previous camper right in the middle of the campsite. Obviously no one had checked our site or cleaned up a bit in between campers. Also, I've noticed Pirateland has upgraded many of their sites to concrete pads and has cabanas at many sites. Lakewood's sites have no pads and are all very sandy (which I sort of expect at the beach) but also tend to be very muddy when it rains. And most of the roads near the beach also became lakes during rain which meant we had to walk through nearly ankle high water to get into and out of our site. I also noticed many of the electrical hookup boxes are rusting and falling apart on many sites. A major annoyance was that the beach road trash cans they have at the beach access points, remained overflowing all weekend. I don't know why they couldn't empty them, but trash began to pileup all around them as people had nowhere to put trash. We still enjoyed our stay, though these annoyances detracted from the experience. The pool and hot tub were great and the staff is very friendly. Lakewood can be a very nice place to stay, especially off season, but they need to get back on the ball with some of the basic upkeep and maintenance.
We really enjoyed our stay at this park. The staff was very friendly at check in. The sites were clean, easy to get into, and perfectly level concrete pads. I was a bit concerned towing a 39' fifth wheel after reading some previous reviews about tight corners. I had no problem, but did see one or two rows where one would have to be careful due to the trees. The facilities were nice and the bath houses were the cleanest and nicest I've ever seen. We really enjoyed the long nature trail and having the large dog run for our dogs. The proximity to Williamsburg was convenient and the park is just far enough from I-64 that there is no road noise to speak of. It is a very peaceful campground. We only had one minor complaint, and it is as much an issue with inconsiderate campers as it is with the park. We stayed in sites 51 and 52 which are right across from the bath house. Because of that, we had a constant stream of rude people walking right through our sites. Perhaps posting a sign or creating a walkway between the sites would solve the problem.
We've stayed here before and came back because we enjoy the awesome beach this campground sits on. However, the price has gone up significantly since our last stay. In fact, it borders on ridiculous. With tax, it cost us $85 per night for a 30 amp pull thru, 4 rows back from the dune. And that included a 10% KOA member discount. So for 2 adults, one teenager ($7 per night per kid!), one dog ($5), 30 amp, cable ($3 per night), and WiFi (slow!), without a KOA card, this campground will charge you $93 per night!!! I am have no problem paying for quality, but this is obscene. Also, the management expects everyone to wear a yellow wristband all week long - in the water, at your site, walking around the campground, wherever. This is a measure to reduce the freeloaders who have been using the facilities. It seems to us there should be a better method to do this then wearing a wristband all week. For the record, we blew it off and no one ever questioned us. As for facilities - great beach, really windy (never could put our awning out all week and you get sandblasted sometimes on the beach), and lots of bugs at night. For the price, I'd say this KOA is not worth it. But since the choices are limited on OBX, there's not much you can do about it.
Beautiful campground! Very peaceful. Though the comments about the steep roads are true, I made it all the way up to the top sites pulling a 38 foot, 14,000 lb fifth wheel with no problem. The view and peace and quiet are worth it. Very friendly and helpful staff. Nicely equipped for a small campground - game room, fitness room, laundry, book and movie checkout, horsheshoe pits, and only minutes from most of the sights near Asheville. A pool would be nice, but not sure where they could carve it into the mountain! Families with small kids that need pools and playgrounds may not rate this park quite as high. One note - not a lot of sites are suitable for big rigs. Some of the pull-thru sites could handle a 40' Class A, but 36' and above 5ers might have some issues parking their truck on site -and it's a steep hill down to the parking near the office. Choose your site carefully! No issues with trees or overhangs for big rigs.
Very tough not to give this park a 9 or 10 based on its cleanliness and the awesome and friendly owners who take obvious pride in their park. My only issues with this park that others should be aware of: the big rig pull throughs are very narrow and there is a lot of noise of off US 321 next to the campground. The back in sites looked fairly wide, but the pull throughs are so narrow, that there is not even enough room to put the picnic table or a lounger next to your rig without blocking access or sloping up the hill toward the next site. That being said, I would definitely recommend this park if you are mainly planning to use it as a base for exploring the area.
This is an average campground. It was an adequate place to stay while sightseeing around the area, and was OK for the price. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The facilities are a bit sub par. No cable, Wi-Fi only at the office, very rough and rutted interior roads, and a lot of fill dirt on the sites to repair some erosion. I imagine it must be a muddy mess when it rains. I will say it is a beautiful setting, and one of the quietest campgrounds I have ever stayed in. Also be advised that the road up the mountain from Boone is very steep and winding. We did fine towing a 38' fifth wheel, but the more faint of heart in a big rig should be aware of this. Also, I have an electricial monitoring system and the electrical issue noted by others is definitely fixed.
This is a very pretty campground, though off the beaten path a bit. We did drive into Pinehurst to see the golf courses and clubs. We visited here as part of a sales pitch for Coast to Coast (we did not join). The sales pitch was informative and not the least bit pushy. I would have given this campground a 7 due to the condition of some of the roads and grounds, but it is very obvious they are working hard and working quickly to upgrade the facilities. The landscaping they have done so far on the lake sites is excellent. They have added 50 amp and sewer to many sites and are adding more all the time. The lake sites are a bit close, but the main area is nicely wooded and fairly spread out. The lodge is very nice, with a library, Wi-Fi (slow), and a couple of fireplaces. The staff is very friendly and helpful, whether you are a member or not. We will definitely return to use the rest of the free passes we got as part of the tour.
We stayed here on a shakedown cruise for our new 5er. We had stayed in the Wilmington NC KOA (same owners) several times, so our expectations were high. We were not let down and will definitely be back. This is a very clean campground with some very nice, level, long pull through sites with large patios, patio furniture, and fire rings. The sites near the river have a view of the river, though it is a few hundred yards away. There is a large dock and boat ramp on the river as well. All of the hookups were as advertised, with good water pressure and very fast Wi Fi (great reception and we were the farthest spot from the office) The staff was fantastic - even helped me hookup when I pulled in. All of the staff we came across were very friendly and helpful. The only reason this park is not a 10 is that the sites next to the entrance are subject to a fair amount of highway noise. While we could not hear it in the back, it might be an issue for those that stay up front.
This was our third trip here in 3 years. We use it as a quick getaway on weekends. As far as facilities go, this KOA is average, though our dogs love the bark park. What makes this an above average campground is the fact that the staff goes above and beyond to make sure the customer is happy. They are very friendly and helpful, which is why we will keep coming back to Wilmington KOA.
This is a nice park, only 30 miles from Skyline Drive. It is very wooded and sits next to a small lake, which is within a short walk from the sites. The sites are good sized and fairly level. The only draw back is that the campground is hilly, so those with small children or pets may want to be aware the there are some steep drop offs right next to many of the sites. The resort is very nice with many activities. The indoor pool and hot tub were very nice, though a bit crowded. The staff did a good job of keeping the under-16 crowd out of the hot tub. My only complaints were that the Wi-Fi did not work at our site at all, and we were not very far from the antenna. Also, there is only one cable box for every 3 or 4 sites. We would have needed over a 40' cable to reach the outlet. 3 days into our stay, we saw management bringing extra cable for one camper, so maybe we should have asked earlier. Also, be aware, this resort is expanding rapidly - lots of construction going on close by, so on weekdays you will here lots of trucks and heavy equipment going by.
We've been here before and like this campground a lot. The smaller size makes it more enjoyable than the other "mega" campgrounds immediately to the south. The best part of this place is the beach. Though narrow, it is clean, relatively uncrowded, and the water is very warm. The rest of the campground is nice too, though it is basically a standard beach campground - a big parking lot with no shade and lots of sand. Expect to be up close and personal with your neighbors as well. The only reason this place doesn't warrant an 8 or 9 is the standard reason - out of control golf carts. I know these campgrounds nearly double their revenue with $45/day golf cart rentals, but that is still no reason not to enforce the rules. They are truly a nuisance. If the management would simply kick the underage kids off them and slow down the rest of the drivers, all would be well. Other than that, expect a great stay at Pirateland.
This campground is the "standard" beach campground - a large parking lot with narrow sites, no shade, and lots of sand. But, we go to these type of places for the close access to the beach and that is exactly what you will find here - lots of beautiful, uncrowded beach a two minute walk from your site. Overall, the staff was friendly and very responsive to our needs. We had a few complaints however. First, the smell of sewage was overwhelming when we got there. Every time a southerly breeze would blow, we'd almost gag. Finally, we figured out it was coming from a large sewage vent in the southeast corner of the park, at the end of our row. We asked management if they could do anything about it, and the vent was covered within 10 minutes. No problems after that. Also, most of the dumpsters were overflowing and smelled horrible. Management came by and told us it was the refuse company's fault for not emptying it on time and that they were working to get it solved. Within a day it was remedied. Finally, and this may be out of the staff's control, but this is the worst place we have ever been when it comes to dog owners not cleaning up after their pets. We love dogs and take our two mutts with us everywhere we camp, but always clean up after them. The KOA has ample walking areas and plenty of bags, but for some reason people choose to be inconsiderate about cleaning up. I think the management needs to be more aggressive about enforcing the rules and ask the offenders to leave if necessary. Overall, this is a great place if you are looking for a place to park your camper while you enjoy some of the greatest beaches on the East Coast. There are enough activities to entertain the kids, the beach is awesome, and best of all - no golf carts!! Final note - do bring awning tie downs, bug spray for the evenings, large/several mats to cover the sand at your site, and keep an eye on your kids in the water because there are no lifeguards and there is a fairly rough shore break at all times.
Very pretty campground - lots of trees, rolling hills, and hiking trails. The camping loops themselves were OK. I thought the sites were a bit close, considering the size of the park. Though too close, the sites were nice and deep, very level, and had a large picnic table area with a fire ring, a grill stand, and a charcoal grill. Unless you have a boat, there is not a lot to do at the park, but we just enjoyed hiking and lazing around the campfire. As noted, the bath houses are a good hike away. One last note - we had an electrical issue and the ranger was extremely helpful in aiding me in trouble shooting the problem. He even followed up the next day to makes sure we were OK.
This was our third trip to Myrtle Beach in the past 3 years and our third different campground. I'd rate Lakewood better than Ocean Lakes and on the same par as Pirateland. Check in was quick and they accommodated our request to get our group of three rigs together in adjoining spots. The spots are adequate width, but the roads are very narrow and required the guy across the street to move his truck so we could back in. The sites are very sandy and made quite a mess of things, even with a large area rug on the ground. We also thought it was odd not to have fire rings or designated fire pits. The resort has plenty to offer and all of the facilities were clean and in working order - except for the Marble Slab Ice Cream vendor, which was a disappointment as temps hit the upper 90s!! The beach was nice and clean, as were the pools. We were glad to see the management wasn't a bunch of rule-Nazis - no one seems to enforce the alcohol ban, everyone shoots off fireworks on the beach at night, and a few other rules are bent, but nothing too excessive. However, the youth on golf carts speeding up and down the beach front road were a bit out of control. I always wonder where the parents of these kids are and why the parks in MB allow this annoyance to continue. Overall though, a very nice campground and we'd camp here again.
We tried Pirateland after a bad experience at Ocean Lakes. We were much happier this time. While the campground doesn't seem to have quite as much to do as Ocean Lakes, we were happy not to be nearly run over by golf carts every time we stepped outside our door. Also, we enjoyed the beach more at Pirateland. It seems wider than Ocean Lakes beach, hence there was no issue with overbearing lifeguards trying to keep everyone back against the dunes. The highlight of the park was the lazy river - especially the "adults only" float they had periodically. It was a pleasure to see the staff enforce the rules in the river and in the park in general. We enjoyed our short stay, but had one minor compaint - we wish more places in Myrtle Beach allowed campfires.
This was the first Myrtle Beach park we stayed in and we'll never go back. While the park was generally clean, the spots reasonably large, and the staff was friendly, we found two major problems that convinced us never to return. First, unrelenting waves of golf carts racing around the campground made just walking our dogs hazardous. The management seemed not to care about the teenagers, and even many adults, racing up and down the lanes at speeds well above the limit. The second issue we had was the beach. It is extremely narrow. To make matters worse, the lifeguards are the most whistle-happy bunch I've ever seen. They won't let you put your blanket down even one foot in front of their stands, which means everyone must crowd onto a narrow strip of beach that virtually disappears at high tide. The only way I'd ever return to Ocean Lakes is if they banned golf carts and took away the life guards' whistles!
We found this to be a very pleasant campground. Our site was a nice and wide pull through that required no leveling of the rig. There was some shade at almost every site. All sites had a fire ring. Check-in was quick and easy and we found the staff to be very friendly and on top of enforcing the rules, while not being overbearing. We camp with our dogs, so we especially enjoyed the large enclosed dog park. Though there was some minor road noise from highway 17, we didn't really notice it most of the time. We found the convenient location to Wrightsville Beach and downtown Wilmington to be a big plus. We plan on going here again when it's beach weather!