Date of Stay: May, 2007
We stayed in campsite #28 and it was spacious and nice. It was lakefront. The owners were very friendly and there was a problem with the water one night, which was fixed within a few hours. The playground area and pool was nice. This is the only time we have stayed here and we understand from other campers that the fire rings were new; they were very nice. This campground is family oriented and all areas were clean. There were no wild partiers around us. Some teenagers were loud, but they were just having fun and were not a nuisance. Please beware that the pictures on the website are apparently old because there are now lots of grown trees at most of the sites around the lake. The lake is nothing like the picture. Seventy percent of the lake was covered in algae and what appeared (for lack of a better term) other organic material floating along the top. The lake had a bad odor and was not at all clean and clear like the picture shows. Unless we hear of the lake being cleaned up, we will not likely ever stay here again, nor recommend it to anyone. Even though cable TV was available, you have to have a female adapter because cable connection is a male connection. Also, there is only one local network available (ABC). The roads are typical country roads getting into campground, but easily manageable.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
We stayed three nights and found this park to be one of the nicest state parks we've visited. It is very well maintained. My husband and daughter played the Par-3 golf course and found it to be challenging and loads of fun. They also have a beautiful 18-hole golf course. There is lots to do for the whole family that will keep your days busy; all without even leaving the park. Part of the back-in sites in the full hook-up area are uneven, but if you carry equipment to put under your wheels you can easily level up your camper. Some sites are a little tight and some are very comfortable and private. We will definitely be back next year. Their website is worth visiting to get more information regarding all the activities available.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We have stayed here for the last eight years straight. This year, in June, we stayed for a few days at another campground in Myrtle Beach that allowed golf carts. We gained new appreciation for this park. They do not allow golf carts here except to the permanent sites residents, and this makes a world of difference regarding traffic and noise. The campsites are spacious and most of the sites outside of the shaded ares are not back-to-back with other camp sites. This park is very clean. The park definitely promotes a family atmosphere. We hope to continue to return to his park year after year.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
This is a very peaceful and clean campground. The sites are very spacious and level. The Army Corps of Engineers has done a beautiful job in creating this campground. Philpott Lake is not built up and reminds me of Smith Mountain Lake 30 years ago before all of the development started. You can bring a small boat and ride comfortably and safely. There is not a lot of boat traffic. It is patrolled by park rangers continuously on foot and by car. They do enforce all rules to maintain a clean family atmosphere. Make sure to bring your bikes. If this campground had full hook-ups, I would rate it a 10.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
This is a Christian-based campground. There are plenty of activities for each day of the week. The staff was very nice; however, we were misled about allowing dogs on the beach. MB is a public beach and you can have dogs on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. (even during the summer). They do not allow aggressive dogs in the park, which was great. The only other drawbacks were the size of the sites and there were so many golf carts. The noise from the constant traffic of the golf carts took away from the peaceful experience of this trip. I doubt we will be back just based on the golf cart traffic alone.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
We stayed in a river-front site that had a sharp drop-off to the river, which was disappointing because we were hoping to fish just behind our campsite. This site was not full hook-up. I recommend you go ahead and stay in a full hook-up site. The sites are a little close together but overall the park is nice. The waterfalls are pretty. If I were attending events in that area of the state I would probably stay there again, but if you are looking for peace and quite and to be spread out with a little privacy then I would not recommend this CG.
Date of Stay: November, 2005
At the time we visited this park it was the fall of the year and the leaves were at their peak. Each campsite is level and gives plenty of privacy. This whole park is well maintained and the lake is beautiful. There are plenty of hiking trails and bike trails. It was very peaceful and relaxing. We stayed at Beaver Dam campground that was next to a state road; however, there were very few cars that went by the whole weekend so that was not a problem. White Oak campground has very private sites; however it is closed part of the year and there is a length restriction for travel trailers because of a drag going across the bridge into the campground. We will definitely be returning to this campground in the future. This campground would be a 10 if it had full hook-ups.