Date of Stay: July, 2015
We have been staying at Pirateland every summer for 7 years. We love it. It is interesting to read the negative reviews about golf carts everywhere. That is how everyone gets around in a resort this large. Golf carts are both to get to where you need to go, and also for "sightseeing" within the campground. For us it is part of the experience. The beachfront lots closest to the beach are noisy and busy, especially at night up until quiet time at 11PM. If you like the loud music, high energy scene in the evening, camp in those areas. If you want more quiet and less hustle and bustle, stay in spots further from the beach, or in the "Inland" wooded area lots. Also avoid spots on any of the main roads (Pirateland Trail and Market St) for less traffic. Just keep in mind the Inland wooded area lots can be a tight fit. We enjoy the lazy river and pool. It's busy in the afternoon. If you want less of a crowd, go when it opens at 10AM. It is true that the rules are not being enforced as much as they should be. Kids driving golf carts is the biggest complaint we have. Quiet hour of 11PM is strictly enforced, however, as it should be. There are also too many little kids wandering around unattended, but that's something parents need to better consider. I would not recommend arriving after 6PM. Around that time, the golf carts start roaming ahead of the nightly golf cart parade on the strip and it makes it extremely difficult to navigate and park your camper. I feel very bad for folks I see arriving late. Again, we love it at Pirateland and plan to continue our yearly summer trips here. We have already booked for next year.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
Good and bad here. 6 out of 10 based on the overall experience. We stayed 4th of July weekend. The check-in was at the guard shack which is 1/4 mile or so from the campsites. A worker guided us with a golf cart to our spot. I was a bit surprised and concerned though when he turned onto a gravel and muddy road that eventually lead to a tight road through the trees to our spot. Our spot was 5 degrees off of level left to right according to the auto-leveler. I shuffled back and forth for probably 15 minutes and blocked up as much as I could, but could only get it to 2 degrees which is too much to use the leveling jacks without risk of binding. So, I just landed the jacks without leveling and we just sucked it up and dealt with an unlevel coach for the weekend. Most spots look this way and I saw many campers on a slant. There is zero Verizon cell signal. Zero. Not even enough to make a call. There is no Wi-Fi, even at the office. It has been turned off for whatever reason. Now I understand we are "camping" but these days being connected has become a way of life and not being able to even make a phone call or text is a safety concern, at least for me. There are a lot of permanent residents - some friendly, some not. Okay, all that said, there are many things to like. The view of Lake Gaston is awesome. You can fish right from the bank or swim if you want. The pool is large and up to date. They had a DJ every night in the pavilion building. We rented a pontoon boat from the nearby Holly Grove Marina for $150 for the day which was an awesome experience and allowed us to spend a day on the lake. Most campers seem to be there to disconnect in a state park/wilderness type environment and for that this place is perfect. If you like to remain connected to the outside world while camping, or if you are picky about having a level spot, this might not be the best place for you. Worth a try but beware of those two things.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We live about an hour from Cherry Hill Campground. We come here several times a year for quick getaways to relax. The pool is our favorite part. Since we are already close to DC and have seen all of those sights, we usually just stay at the campground and enjoy the pool all day. It is great to see that they have a Metro Bus stop right at the campground. That is great for those wanting to go to DC without worrying about parking. Golf carts are allowed and they have 4 carts to rent and you can't reserve so it is the luck of the draw if you want one. There is a lot of open space on the property to explore and a long, well kept nature trail. Several friendly maintenance people are busy all day, cleaning up, painting, watering plants, and overall just keeping the place looking in tip-top shape. Free Wi-Fi throughout the park has been installed by Tengo. Coverage is excellent in all areas, however during peak usage in the early evening it would frequently go offline, but if you are patient, it comes back. During the day and late evening, the connection was fast and solid. Wi-Fi is 5 bars around the pool and great for me using my iPad. Cell coverage is strong for all carriers being so close to the DC Beltway with several towers visible in the nearby area. We have a 42' Toy Hauler and they had no problems accommodating us. Most sites are big and there are some very big rigs coming and going. All sites are level with gravel base. Some have a brick patio area. Huge camp store that is well stocked for just about any item you may have forgotten to bring, even beer! The camp store / admin office has a huge solar power array on the roof and they have a display inside showing how much solar is being generated in real time. Neat! The park is very "green" with solar electric and heating arrays on buildings and lots of encouragement to follow their recycling program. Anyway, what more can I say? This is one of our favorite places to camp, without "roughing it". Highly recommended!
Date of Stay: November, 2008
This is a very well kept campground. The camp hosts were very friendly and helpful. The sites are large and easy to get into. There are open grassy spaces for the kids to play, and even a dog park complete with agility obstacles. We came here for a soccer tournament at UNCW, but we are now planning to come back to stay longer and explore the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at. Everything was well kept. Each campsite even had its own landscaping. The scenery is beautiful here.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
We stayed here as a stopover on our way south. It is easy to get in and out of and I think all of the sites are pull-throughs. The camp host was very friendly.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This is more of a trailer park than a campground. Most of the people here are living here full time. We have a 37' foot 5th wheel and they assigned us a spot near the back of the campground. It was very difficult to get to the spot due to the overgrown trees and narrow roads. Once we made it to our spot, we found it to be way too small for our trailer. About this time, a very nice maintenance guy drove up on a golf cart and said, "I don't think you will fit in that spot, do you want a pull-thru" up near the front? I gladly accepted and he helped me back up and navigate to the new spot. Otherwise, the campground was full so if that pull-thru was not available, we would have probably had to leave and find a Walmart for the night. I did not go in the camp store, but my wife said what little was on the shelves looked like it had been there for years. I walked by the bath house and it was so run down and nasty looking on the outside, I did not even dare go inside. There is a Walmart about 6 miles south in Pocomoke City. If we are in this area again and have no other options, we will probably stay at that Walmart for the night rather than come back here.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We camped here, while visiting our son at Salisbury University. Our site in the E circle was relatively large and easy to back our fifth wheel into. Most of the sites are wooded. The pond is 90% algae covered, but it was still nice and there were a lot of tame waterfowl that would eat right out of your hand. Salisbury and Ocean City are easy 15 minute drives. FYI, just north of the Rte 50 / Rte 13 interchange in Salisbury, there is a Gander Mountain which is a camper's dream store!
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Our site was extremely tight and almost impossible to get into. We do have a large fifth wheel, but the layout of the sites just made it very difficult to maneuver. To make it worse, once I got the trailer in, I realized the electric pedestal was at the front of our site which made no sense at all. The other sites around us had the pedestal in the back as you would expect. Our 25' power cord would not reach. I went to the management office and had someone come look at the site to see if maybe I was not using the correct pedestal. She looked all around the site and she was also was very puzzled as to why it was at the front of the site and not the back. I only had a small gauge 15 amp extension cord and it would not handle the load of the A/C and kept tripping the breaker. Since I could not plug in properly and I felt it was the campground's fault, I asked if I could borrow a 30 amp extension cord for the night. She said "no", but that I could buy one from the camp store. I declined. I was finally able to get the A/C stable by using a 15amp to 30amp adapter so I could plug into the 30 amp breaker on the pedestal. Overall, it was just a hassle camping here.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
I have to agree with what others have said. The camp host was not very friendly at all. The campground is average at best compared to others we have stayed at.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Very clean. Easy to get into sites. Firewood is delivered right to your campsite. We did have a couple of trains wake us up at night and early morning, but that wasn't too big of a deal.