We have always camped at the "Big 3" campgrounds farther south but we had heard good things about MBTP and decided to try it. We had some trouble getting a reservation 6 months ago, but were finally able to secure an oceanfront site. The campground is large and centrally located to many of Myrtle Beach's attractions. It is very similar in layout to the other large campgrounds in the area. First for the good, the campground is very clean. The site sizes are about average and pull thru sites were easy to access. Security was always present and checked us on every entrance into the park. The playground was new and well maintained. The bath houses were clean and up to date. The store was well stocked and the prices were not that much higher than the nearby Wal-Mart. Now for the less desirable things, my children were bored to death. There is very little to do beyond the beach and the pool area. The arcade was small with many machines broken or unplugged. The guest services area was only open from 10AM until 4PM. If you were at the beach or doing something else, you missed your chance to buy discount tickets for area attractions. There are numerous rules in this campground as well. No golf carts, no bikes after dark, no driving cars in the campground before 7AM. My husband was even corrected on how to sit in a tube to float on the lazy river and the children were corrected about how to jump into the pool. When we checked in we were charged extra because we have 3 children. We have camped in many campgrounds and have never been charged extra for immediate family camping in one camper. The check in staff were not the friendliest people we have encountered either. There was also a charge for parking overnight if you had an extra vehicle. We paid $8 to do two loads of laundry because you only got 5 minutes of drying time per .25. The outdoor pool was closed all day one day for a child's accident and the indoor pool was overwhelmed with campers. We had a significant ant problem despite going through 3 cans of ant spray. This is a nice campground for families that plan to spend time and money outside of the park or for retired folks that appreciate peace and quiet. My family was afraid to talk or laugh loudly for fear of being called down again. We paid $60 a night, plus tax, plus extra for our third child despite having less in campground activities. We have paid less for other area campgrounds and rarely needed to leave the park.
This was one of the finest campgrounds that we have ever stayed at. We have been all over the east coast of the United States and camped in many campgrounds. The bathrooms were spotless and the showers were the cleanest that I have ever seen. I loved the outside door entry showers that the bathouse provided. This gave an extra level of security when bathing three small children. We did not even use the camper's bathroom during our three day stay. The pool was clean and large enough for the expected number of guests. The playground was clean and well maintained. The staff was very friendly and gave directions and advice for area attractions. The sites were level, pull-thru, and wide enough for our fifth wheel, tow vehicle, and minivan. We will use this campground any time that we travel in the Chattanooga area.
We just returned from four nights at Rocks Pond Campground. We had a great time. The sites are large and pull-thru. The utility connections were conveniently located and in good working condition. We camped with three other families with campers. The campground has a beach, gazebos, fishing area, recreation hall, and putt-putt course. We had several boats and wave runners, so we spent a lot of time out in the lake. The campground is clean. We did not use the bath house facilities as we have our own in the camper. The entertainment was fun and the DJ tried to get the crown involved. The playgrounds could use some updating and I would like to have some activities planned for the numerous children that camp with their families. A pool would be a huge asset for the kids. If you don't have a golf cart or a boat to go out on the lake, you will run out of stuff to do fairly quickly. My only complaint is the camp store hours. It closed most days before 5pm. Most campers came in from the lake to prepare dinner and realized that they needed ice, ketchup, camp supplies, sunscreen, ect... after the store had closed. The closest town is 10 miles away and that is a long way to go for ice. The owners need to extend the camp store hours at least until 7pm to accommodate late arrivals and campers that are fishing, swimming or enjoying the lake until late afternoon.