Date of Stay: April, 2013
This state park was great. Our site was R9 and we liked it quite a bit. Pull-through, gravel site. Small grassy areas around for our two dogs at night, and a lot of walking trails (not too difficult, but some good ups and downs to get a better work out if you want one). There isn't an official dog walk area, but there are plenty of spaces nearby to walk them. The site was clean, the picnic table was fine, fire ring good. They sold firewood bundles at the front gate for $4, which seemed to have enough for a good night's fire. They close and lock the gate at night so check the hours if you're arriving late. It's pretty easy to get here off of I-485 as well (the loop that goes around Charlotte and connects I-77 with I-85). I went into the bathhouse just once because we are in a motorhome. The floors were sort of yucky but the rest was good - clean enough and nice privacy in that you could lock the door like a single stall public restroom, and use the shower and mirror etc. in there with total privacy. There were a lot of kids around the area and in the playground area, but it wasn't overly noisy. It was pretty full and still pretty quiet at night. There is a lot of retail - grocery store, restaurants, super Target, etc. 2-3 miles down the road (a busy road I wouldn't want to walk along though). We walked the Kingfisher Trail that goes downhill and then a little along Lake Wylie, then reverse back to the campground. We also did the Chestnut Trail that winds around in a circle, a good amount of ups and downs, through the woods...both were very peaceful and enjoyable. I'd recommend the Chestnut Trail if you want total quiet, woodsy, bird calls, etc.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We camped here in March for 5 nights just to have time away. We live in Charlotte, NC, so it was about a 4 hour drive for us. It was well worth it! We were in site 56, which was a great site if you have two big dogs like we do. There is a small grassy area right across the internal road for a quick doggie stop at night, and easy access to several other small grassy areas. This might be a harder place to have dogs when it's completely full as there didn't seem to be one designated dog-walk area. However, almost everyone here seemed to have a dog or two. Our site also had great access to the beach - just a few steps away. This would be a fantastic site in the summer. We had a shaded picnic table area and plenty of room to spread our patio rugs out (narrow but long). There really isn't much room between motorhomes, but we definitely could put out our awning and spread out a little. We found it very comfortable. The sites are sandy but then again, you're at the beach so you better expect it! Site 56 is also right across the internal road from a gathering place where they must have events during the busy times, so it could be loud or it could be right in the action, depending on what you're looking for. Also right near the Cafe By The Sea (which by the way was closed when we were there, as was the camp store; we didn't expect that of either one). No hot tub anywhere we could see, and the pool was rightfully closed during the cold time we were there. There is also a nice indoor pool we didn't use. The only issue we saw - and this would have been big if we were in those sites - was that the ocean came up over the dunes around sites 135-210; it was very flooded there. We could see they were working to build up a dam; not sure if that happens a lot in that area, but it would have been miserable to be in those sites at that time. Good washer/dryer facilities. Very nice people at reception. Lots to do in Myrtle Beach. All in all, a great experience and highly recommended!
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We are newer RV owners (first timers) and this was the third place we've stayed so far. It was fantastic, in our opinion. The RV loop is in a very wooded area with a stream running through it. We stayed on site 58 in B loop, which was fantastic. Very level, huge site, fire ring, picnic table. All the sites on the outer part of the ring were cool and even the inner part, as those are right on the river. All the sites are quite large and seemed very level. We have two big Labs and this was a great site for them too, as we had grass around our site and could walk past the site next door (56) to go on a somewhat short trail into the woods along the stream. If you can reserve site 56 or 55 (which is booked every weekend through Ffall, I saw), we thought those would be ideal. 56 is great with its access directly onto the walking trail. 55 is huge and very private, and the area under your awning faces a wooded hillside so you wouldn't face anyone directly. Our site 58 was great too, though - I don't think you can really go wrong with any of them. Sites 40-43 were on their own mini-loop, which seemed neat too. It was very cold the weekend we were there and everyone had a fire - the smoke hangs in the valley you're in, so be prepared to have smoky-smelling clothes when it's cold. You can walk to the hiking trail to a waterfall (which was cool but about 200 steps, so be prepared) or a summit, which we didn't do this time. You can also walk up toward the end of B loop and get into some woods there - we let our dogs run back there as they weren't using it for campers at the time. We did not bring a car and were perfectly happy without one for the weekend.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
The staff here is really friendly and helpful. We stayed here without a car thinking there would be a lot of hiking nearby, and there really wasn't much. You can go up a nearby hill on a short trail, or a few feet to the river, but it's pretty tough to cross the river to get into the really woodsy area across it. Our dogs definitely couldn't get across. We stayed in a pull-through site in the middle of the circle. There wasn't any privacy but the sites around the outside had more. All the sites were pretty big, with plenty of room for awnings out, patio rugs, etc. We were able to get a satellite connection with no problem (our middle site had no trees). I think they had a way to hook up to their DirecTv too, although we didn't need it. We had a lot of mud because it was raining and really cold when we stayed there. I wouldn't recommend it except for an overnight stop without a vehicle to get you out and about, as there really isn't much to do there otherwise.