Date of Stay: October, 2010
Very nice campground with large sites and lots of built-in entertainment on the other side of the pond (extensive park with gem mining, petting zoo, aquarium, water plaza, several playgrounds, paddle boats, fishing, and more). Perfect for younger kids, but our tween found plenty to do as well. Bath house was exceptionally clean and we were here on a busy weekend. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
We visited this campground on our Coast to Coast membership and were very impressed with the property, staff and other campers. The large dog run is a huge selling point, and a nice way to meet other campers. Great general store and spotless bath house with individual rooms that contain a shower, toilet, dressing area and sink. We look forward to visiting again.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
We rated this campground a 10 because, quite honestly, we didn't see much that could be improved. (Would be nice to have a fenced-in dog area though!) We visited during a very busy weekend and the bath houses were exceptionally clean. Our site was quite large and well-maintained. The campground is located on one side of the lake, and on the other side is a large park with gem mining, train rides, an aquarium, petting zoo, playgrounds and much more. I'm kicking myself for not visiting when my daughter was younger: she would have thought it was almost as good as Disneyland. Nice walking trails: one of which takes up to 2 hours to complete. This is a large park!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We stayed here through Coast to Coast and were very impressed with this campground! Lots of families with children, but the campground was very quiet nonetheless. Outdoor pool was quite large and very clean, miniature golf is free for resort members and C2C guests. Nice, clean playground, game room, clubhouse and bath houses. There were 5-6 activities planned each day (adult pool aerobics, bingo, ice cream social, crafts, bubbles, and other things for kids. Staff was friendly and helpful -- we'll definitely be back. There weren't a lot of restaurants in the immediate area, but we found Austin's Seafood and Produce up the road in Rodanthe They will steam whatever you purchase for a take-out meal. We had huge shrimp, scallops, sweet corn and red potatoes -- the best meal we've had in years!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Not sure why the other reviewers gave this campground such low ratings (although I also noticed that they all gave High Rock Lake Marina & Campground a 10 -- what are the odds?) This is a solid little campground that continues to develop and improve. Beautiful lake and nice staff. We will be back.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We always have a good time at Pirateland! The dog walk area has greatly improved and there were "Mutt Mitts" and receptacles available for campers to use to pick up after their pets. It would be wonderful if they would add a fenced dog run! It's a bit of a challenge to walk dogs during the day when the golf carts/cars/trucks/scooters/bicycles are running. Quiet hours seem to be enforced as there was very little noise after 11:00. The only real negative is the internet access -- very expensive and unreliable, even with a strong signal. Every other campground has free Wi-Fi, so I don't understand why Pirateland doesn't follow suit. Overall it was a very enjoyable visit and we will definitely be back before the end of the year.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a very nice campground is is in the Coast to Coast network. The front sites seemed a little rough (very little grass) but the back part of the campground is lovely and back up to the waterway. Great location -- there is a walkway that leads to Barefoot Landing, and many of the shows are nearby. We did not see many children during our stay and it seems have a more mature clientele. The permanent park models are very well maintained and there seemed to be quite a few long-term campers there as well, which made for a nice sense of community. This would not be my first choice when traveling with children, but adults will enjoy all this quiet park has to offer.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This is a solid campground and the current owners seem to be making a lot of improvements and upgrades. We camped here during Memorial Day weekend and there were quite a few activities planned for Saturday. One nice amenity is a cook-out on Friday night so that those just arriving don't have to prepare a meal. There is a small fee for this (I think $4 for adults?) On Saturday, they also offered a hot breakfast buffet with a wide variety of fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, cereal, yogurt and more -- $4 for adults and $2 for kids. The bathrooms were clean, but a little rustic. Not bad overall -- most people camp in motorhomes and 5th wheels/travel trailers, so we rarely saw anyone in the bathouses even though the park was at capacity. The pool was nice but small. There was a jumping pillow that the kids (including our daughter) seemed to enjoy. DJ dance party on the huge deck on Saturday night that was also a lot of fun. We stayed in the section with partial hook-ups and it was more spacious than the full hook-up section. We took a sales tour of the campground and were encouraged to join. The cost was around $1750 for the first year with $300 maintanance fees every year thereafter. This is a bit steep considering the location and what they have to offer, but $35/night is very reasonable. We might visit again in the future after more improvements are made. This campground has a lot of potential and a very friendly, helpful staff.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We visit Pirateland several times a year and brought our dog with us for this trip. The park was nice, but the dog walking area was filthy and there were no signs asking pet owners to pick up after their dogs. Apparently the guests were not gracious enough to do so, and the result was an area so full of waste that it was a challenge to walk without stepping in it. There was also dog waste all over the campground in common areas. Pirateland either needs enforce the "pick up" rule or get a staff member to do it.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Positives: Bathrooms were clean and the pool was still available. The lots were fairly flat and we were able to get a pull-through. Negatives: We chose this campground because of all the amenities it offered for children. We arrived on a Monday and stayed until Wednesday. The "fun train" never went through the campground, the jump pillow remained flat as a pancake, and there were no movies at night. Only half of the showers were available at the seaside bath house, so we had to wait in line once or twice. (There were 15 showers available, but only 7 were open). The ones that were open had no ventilation, so it got unbearable hot and humid. We were there in October and I can't imagine how unbearably hot it would be during the summer months. The women's bathroom was very narrow and hard to move around in. The other bath house had fewer showers, but they were all open. Unfortunately, none of the outlets in the women's bathroom worked so we had to hike over to another bathhouse to use our hairdryer. We drove through a few of the other campgrounds in the area and discovered that this KOA is by far the highest priced although it doesn't offer any extra amenities during the off-season. The others all had concrete pads, which the KOA does not. We found a very nice campground about a mile south that had comparable amenities and views for $34 a night. The bottom line -- there are equally nice campgrounds in the area that charge a lot less. This was not a good value and they did not deliver what they advertised.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We were very pleased with this campground! We were initially given a site that was a good hike from the bath house, but the attendant was able to move us closer. We were there in connection with the "Jamboree at Jamestown" hosted by the local Girl Scout council, and the campground was full of scout families and troops. It made for longer lines in the women's bath house, but the facilities remained clean and in good working order. The heated pool was a nice amenity -- especially at this time of year. The spaces were gravel, but fairly flat and well-maintained. Most were in wooded areas and it was a very QUIET campground despite the number of kids running around. We would camp here again if we visit this area again and would recommend it to our camping friends.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
We ~LOVE~ Pirateland and visit several times a year. However, this was our first visit during the 4th of July weekend and we will probably not return during this week again. The Golf Cart parade was a lot of fun, and there were lots of great activities planned for all ages. We especially enjoyed the Pool Parties with a DJ, and all of the decorating contests. The major downside was that the campground was at full capacity and people seemed to be less considerate than usual. I personally don't mind loud music, but was bothered by the obscene language and inappropriate subject matter. The teens were a little out of control at times, but seemed to keep it on the road that runs parallel to the beach. The biggest issue seemed to be little ones running around without adult supervision. Our daughter loved it, by the way, so I think kids will have a great time during the holiday weeks. It's just a little more stressful for parents.
Date of Stay: November, 2006
This is our second or third time visiting this campground and we were pleased as always. The golf was wonderful and the kids enjoyed fishing and playing on the playground. Pool was closed for the winter. The only thing that would make this campground better would be an indoor pool.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
This is a nice little campground, but not a lot of things for kids to do. No pool, no activities on the weekends, etc. Entrance was difficult to navigate and I'm not sure how a large rig would make it! We had a relaxing weekend, but will probably not camp here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
We received a "free camping" offer for this campground and decided to drive through before committing to a whole weekend. We drove around for about 15 minutes today and were not very impressed with this facility. There were quite a few camp sites that were weedy (3-foot weeds that would have taken several weeks to grow). We didn't see anyone staying in the cabins -- completely empty. I think this could be a really nice campground if the owners decided to invest time, effort and money into it. We arrived around noon and only saw a few teens waling towards the pool -- very few adults were out and not one child that we could see. The campsites looked large and there were several pull-throughs. We might give it a few years and go back to see if things have improved -- but would not stay there in it's current condition.