Date of Stay: June, 2011
We saw this place advertised at an RV show and decided to give it a try. We made reservations over the phone. The person making our reservations was very accommodating. Our visit began on a Tuesday, and we left on Friday morning. This campground is primarily a seasonal campground with about 100 overnight full-hookup sites situated in the center of a travel trailer park. We had no problems with our site, although we did change our site to get one with shade. The sites were fairly level and clean. We didn't know that they were working on the bath house near our site so we had to walk to the other end to use the showers. The new bath houses have 12' ceilings, and the shower, toilet, and sink are in one room; 4 to a bath house. There are 4 outside showers as well. We were VERY disappointed with the showers. Although new, the shower heads are 9-10' from the floor and on a motion sensor. So, if you move to the side to get a dribble of water from the shower flow (which is about 3' wide at the place you are standing) then the shower shuts off. The outside showers are almost as bad - the water spray is so spread out that it's impossible to rinse. The inside showers are HOT and STEAMY. No way to adjust the water temp or spray; there is NO VENTILATION. No a/c that we could tell. They look nice, but they are horrible to use. New laundry facility also-- coin operated, 4 washers, 4 dryers for the entire place. Sites are OK, but bring a rake for the pine needles and a mat for the dirt/sand on the site. The beach is the saving grace of this place. GREAT beach. Clean, white sand on a shaded beach (from pine trees) and several piers to swim from; some have shaded sitting areas. The beach is a very gradual 0 to 5' deep at the buoys. Great for kids; plenty of room during the week to spread out; seats and swings along the beach. We discovered on our last evening here that the piers are LIGHTED at night, so you can swim in the lovely warm water in the evening. We'd have loved to take our kids for an evening swim to avoid the sun; but nobody told us about this. We found out because we saw teens walking to the beach area and coming back sopping wet at 11pm. Which brings me to the downfall of this campground. We were told by another camper that it was good we were leaving on Friday, because the golf carts take over the place on the weekend. Sure enough, on Thursday night the seasonal campers started coming, and we saw teens and little kids (like ages 7 or 8) driving golf carts back and forth past the campsites, music playing, texting on phones, just looking for something to do. The overnight sites are located in the center of the campground, kind of the mid-point between the various sections of the campground and on the main road leading to the waterfront. So, there was a lot of traffic for a Thursday night - one or two golf carts every minute or so. To get to anywhere else in the campground from the beach, they have to travel past the overnight sites unless they drive to the other end of the campground. It went on until midnight. The overnight sites were about 10% full on Tues and Wed, by the time we left on Friday, they were about 50% full. It was fairly quiet on Tues and Wed evening, except for a thunderstorm that turned the pine cones into missiles at 1am. The sites become filled with water, like basins, since they are somewhat dished out. The water drains fairly quickly, but be prepared and don't leave anything out or it will float away. If you tent camp, this could be an issue. The water was about 4" deep at one point during the storm. Another issue we took note of was the open sewer drains. The wastewater hook up is an open 4" diameter pipe. We could smell our neighbor's waste, and we think this could have been the source of the numerous flies that besieged our campsite at mealtime. All things considered, not a bad place to spend a few nights with the kids during the week, but don't expect any peace and quiet on the weekend. We might visit again, but only to take advantage of some evening swim time.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Our family loves this campground! We've gone once a year for the past 4 years, and it's now on our list of things to do every summer. The park personnel are so helpful and friendly. Lots to do for the kids, and inexpensive, too. The kids would spend all day at the "Gem Mine" if we'd let them! We bought a bucket of gems, a round of minigolf, a train ride and a carousal ticket for $8 each. Great value and lots of fun! Be aware, the Gem buckets contains a LOT of shiny minerals, so the kids will come home with lots of treasure! There's also a small zoo and a serpentarium. Go to the zoo early in the day, the animals sleep during hot afternoons. There's also paddleboats and hot dogs/ice cream at the snack hut. Nice little lake to toodle around and enjoy. A huge playground as well. There's no pool, but at the park there is a water spray area for the kids to cool off. This is a county park and it's well maintained, very clean and tidy. There's hiking trails if you're inclined, and you're also a short ride to the Train Museum. Campsites are wooded, lots of shade and you can request a site at the edge of the lake. We love to have a campfire in the evening, and relax. The only negative is that there are no sewer connections. Staff is excellent: we even had to cancel a trip at the last minute due to illness, and they kindly sent us a pass to use the following season. Can't say enough good things about this campground and park. It's a real gem!
Date of Stay: August, 2010
My family and I stayed here for 3 nights in early August 2010 in a popup. We were very excited about going to the Outer Banks, and from the reviews we thought this would be a super place to stay. This was the absolute WORST vacation and campground we ever stayed at. We had specifically reserved a site "in the shaded section" and the owner guaranteed us a site with shade. Our popup gets HOT unless it's shaded, so I specifically asked for a shaded site. When we arrived at 4pm, the last site in the "shaded section" was given to us. We had NO shade on our site. Instead, we had a rotting tree behind our site with poison ivy growing all over it! We figured we'd try to make the best of it, since there was nowhere else to stay at peak season. When the kids tried to put up a small shade/beach shelter about 4' wide on the grass to sit under, the owner told my husband to remove it, since no tents or shelters are allowed on the grass. Yet, the people all around us had screenhouses set up on the grass. ??? The pool is a small above-ground pool about 18 by 30 with a deck around it, attached to the side of the "store." No showers nearby. The decking needed to be replaced due to age, cracks, and splinters. The "store" is more of a hangout for the family who owns the place. At check-in, the owner actually had her small dog on the counter, and I didn't even have room to sign the paperwork. Dirty, smelly and uknept, products looked like they'd been there for a decade or more. We shopped at a small grocery down the road about a mile. I had asked about the beach when I made reservations, and I told the owner I had small children. The beach was eroded, with a steep drop-off, so the kids couldn't even wade in the water. My husband diddn't even attempt to go in the water because the surf was so rough. This wasn't in hurricane season, it was mid-summer, and there were no storms while we were there. Some other campers told us that it's normally very rough surf on that side, and though it's great for watersports, it's really not for family swimming. He knew that, so why didn't the owners tell us?? We drove 45 minutes to a beach on the inland side, the kids played in the stagnant water and we were bitten by greenhead flies. The campground sprays for these biting flies every day at dusk, so be prepared for the spray truck while you're making your evening meal! The bath houses were OLD, dark and very dirty. The knobs on both showers that I tried fell off, dirt and dead bugs were on the floor and packed into the corners of the showers. Screens on the windows were flapping in the breeze. Yuck. The play equipment was in the sun next to a storage building at the front of the park. It was not in good condition, and it was far too hot to be of any use to our family. There were 3 story beach houses behind our site on the adjacent lots to the campground. The people in the beach houses had deck parties most of the nights of our stay. People were talking loudly and playing music until midnight or later on the decks. Not the fault of the campground, of course, but anyone staying here should be aware of the issue. We spoke with the owners about the problems with our site, and the woman who had checked us in told us that our site had "plenty of shade" and refused to do anything. She was openly belligerent toward me and told me that we could leave if we weren't satisfied with the accommodations, but we'd still need to pay for the full stay because we hadn't given her notice to cancel. There was no concern for us as paying guests - she didn't apologize or offer to make amends, nothing. She was just rude and belligerent with no provocation. I told her that I would be writing poor reviews for their campground, and her husband stepped in and apologized for her behaviour. Bizarre!! This would probably be a good place to stay if you are all adults and want to park your RV for a bit and say you went to the Outer Banks - but it's too far away from the major attractions of the Outer Banks to easily access them. The KOA is just a few hundred feet away, and for a few more dollars, you can have a nice, clean place to stay that is family-friendly. Bottom line - there are better places to stay where you'll be treated well.