Date of Stay: May, 2011
Like many, I wish like their sister SC sites, the NC SRA campgrounds would provide come and go access after hours via a code. That said, if you can stand staying put at night then this is great place to visit. The lake is awesome, the sites are clean, private and spacious. Will stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Looks new. Well taken care of park. Great paved roads. Bike trails. Close to everything. Loved it.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Lots to do here. Hosts were really, really nice. We were disappointed in our site assignment as it was just a big grass field with RV's back to back to maximize income but with absolutely no privacy, no shade and hot, hot, hot. The night of our stay the entire facility lost all power. We ended up running generator from 3ish until we left the next morning at 9:00. Loss of power meant no water too, btw. We'd stay here again, especially if the kids were with us. There's just so much to do: swimming, music, water slides, putt putt, tubing, fishing and lots of places to hike. If you need privacy and trees, this isn't the place for you. If nice hosts and lots of things to do make up for that, then it's a good choice. BTW, there were some sites that looked a lot better (across the stream) but I assume they are for seasonal guests.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Unlike others who stated they'd stay here again, we don't fall into that category. Roads: Very, very tight one-lane (maybe 1 1/2 lane) gravel roads. As we arrived we had to wait on camper leaving to even be able to enter. Site host was friendly upon arrival. Cleanliness: Not trashy, but the guests prior to us did not clean up after their likely big 4-legged friend, so we found ourselves tip-toeing around mounds of uh-oh all afternoon. We went to the office to get them to clean up not 30 minutes after checking in to find it empty with no one there. Luck of the draw put us in a back-in site in between cabins, actually almost touching cabins. We couldn't have been more than 10 feet away from their steps on both sides. The site was level, but difficult to get in to due to the narrowness of the site and the fact that cabin guests just seem to park where they want to, leaving no room to maneuver the motorhome safely into the site. We had to knock on doors to get guests to move. We then experienced problems with water supply. It's buried in the ground, which caused a kink in the hose (really my fault for not making sure it was straight) and it literally blew the end of my hose off. We went out to Greenville that evening and got back to the site around 10. At that time you wouldn't believe the number of guests in the cabin. There were 25-30 folks having an outside party on the porch of the cabin (just 10 feet from the back of our coach). Nobody was to be found at the office so we thought they'll stop soon and we can still hear the TV. Wrong. They continued being so loud that we could not turn the a/c and TV up loud enough to drown out their noise. Party didn't stop until 9ish the next morning. In fact there were 4-5 cars still parked in the turn-around when we got up and left. We did not feel safe and prefer to stay somewhere where an owner or host takes responsibility for enforcing quiet time rules without the need to call police. If you do decide to stay here, which obviously we do not recommend, make sure they give you a site as far away from the cabins as you can get. As for us we'll just boon-dock if this is the last place available.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Owners were extremely nice but I agree with the 5 reviews below. Not really big rig friendly: you can get in, but it's very, very tight. Only 2 sites with 50 amp. Oddly the site for motorhome only was 30 amp. It worked well all week though. Everything is old and could use some cleaning. More permanent sites than daily. It's a great area: very peaceful. Would stay here again but those 9-star ratings here are misleading.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Surprisingly nice, very well situated park. Had a large pull through site with good views of mountains. Our dog enjoyed the nature walk trails, especially not having to be on the leash. The clubhouse is really large for a park this size, with lots of rocking chairs on the deck with great views, free coffee and muffins. Staff had a great, helpful attitude. We stayed one night while running from tornadoes and sure enough the fact that this park is in the mountains, kept us from having to evacuate again.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
OK so first of all my wife and I prefer the COE, state park experience to the more lush, yet side-by-side experience of RV "resorts" so keep that in mind when reading this review. That said, every great review here seems to be true. We arrived during a break in the rain, and the host said to go set up before the rain came and then come back and settle up. Sure enough it started raining buckets full just as we finished. Flat, paved, deep site for us to back in to. Lots of lake front sites but we had one in the woods with lots of very appreciated shade. Will definitely stay there again.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We agree with all the great reviews of Tom Sawyer RV park. The river is a site to behold and a little daunting when facing floods in the area. We planned to stay in this park for 6 nights while attending the music festival, but anyone that was here knows it rained like the bottom dropped out in this area. We awoke Saturday morning to tornado and flood warnings all around us. Looked out the window of the motorhome and the park was nearly empty. We called the office and the nice lady there said we'd be safer to leave the area, pronto. So we did a quick pack up and ran from the tornadoes. Could not run from the floods but were able to get through standing water on to the interstate and once there, we were able to stay ahead of storms. Not sure we'll get our 2 nights back but their concern for our safety along with the beautiful facility warrant a great review. Will return.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
While at Willow Tree near Myrtle Beach planning our next stop we stumbled on a review here stating it was perfect so it became our choice. We planned to stay here for a few nights and head further south but it was such a nice total experience that we stayed 5 nights. First of all let me say the previous reviews are correct. This is a jewel of a place to stay. But only if you're not expecting an up-scale RV Resort. In my opinion it's not that at all but it's close. It's very laid back in nature with lots and lots and lots to do without even leaving the park. We travel with what we tell folks is the smartest member of our family, our 10-yr-old Border Collie Jake. The park is definitely his favorite. Lots of places to walk and explore plus a huge, multi-acre fenced no-leash-required dog park with 2 beaches for splashing and playing. He hardly ever gets to interact with other dogs that are not on a leash so it was a big, big treat for him. We spent at least a few hours each day at this park. Always lots of dogs and folks there. Those that live in or around Charleston are very lucky to have this great facility. Another gem inside the park was the fishing pier. Not quite named correctly. It is a low-to-the-water pier but man is it beautiful here. It's set at a turn in one of the tidal creeks with lots of moving water. Fish constantly moving in and out of the area. You have to try to go out to the pier during sunset at least one night while you're here. It was breath-taking to sit there and watch the sun go down over the reeds and creeks. Other than that what other observations did I have? 1) Expect a tight fit when you drive up. The beauty of the place is in all the trees but they make it very difficult to get into the site. We didn't get a pull-through and it took a few tries to get BAR ("Big Ass RV") into her spot. But once there it was very wide and very private. You can get around here with the biggest of rigs but you'll just need to be careful. Also, many of the side roads have low-hanging trees so just stick to main roads. Like all beach parks it's sandy and we had to vacuum just about every day but that's to be expected. 2) Charleston area is just full of things to do. Folly Beach (10 miles from park) was almost deserted on the day we went there even though it was in the upper 70s. Music in town each time we ventured out. 3) Someone said we should visit Edisto Beach while we were here so one day we hit the road. Even though it's only 21 miles away it takes about 80 minutes to get there. Once there I agree that it was pretty but we found ourselves wishing we hadn't taken 1/2 day to drive when Folly Beach was so close and in our opinion just as pretty with a little more to do as far as shops and restaurants. So I'd say don't do that unless you're staying for a couple of weeks. Overall, the best all around park we've visited. Our new #1 favorite and we found it by search for 10,10,10 parks here. Thanks for all the other previous reviews.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
Based upon reviews posted here we decided that Willow Tree was a perfect choice for a few days in late October. Based upon previous reviews we expected perfection and that's what we got... total perfection. Huge pull-through sites with concrete pads. Each site very, very clean and well maintained. In fact each morning we'd see the guys riding around making sure everything was perfect for the next guest... fire pits cleaned, BBQs cleaned, area raked, etc. I mean every morning. Has to be the cleanest park we've ever visited. We were only going to stay a few days and head further "south" to warmer weather. The first thing we noticed were the walking/hiking trails, the lake (not a pond since it's about a mile around the thing to walk it). The staff was friendly and helpful. It was close to both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, taking only 20 minutes tops to get to either one. There was a Food Lion just 5 minutes away. This park goes on our Must-Go-Back list and should be on yours IMHO. Thanks to the previous reviewers for letting us know about this gem.