Gone Outdoors

Campgrounds Near Myrtle Beach, North Carolina

by Jennifer Maxwell

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has always had a bit of an identity crisis. It’s Spring Break central for teenagers from the Carolinas and points beyond. It’s also in the spring that the area becomes a sea of leather and chrome as bikers come to town for Bike Week (myrtlebeachbikeweek.com). Amid all of the partying, though, there are miles of sandy beach and family-friendly attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium (ripleyaquariums.com) and the NASCAR SpeedPark (nascarspeedpark.com). Campgrounds, as well, give you and your family a chance to explore all the area has to offer while surrounded by natural landscape.

North Myrtle Beach

WillowTree RV Resort (willowtreervr.com), located inland just west of North Myrtle Beach, is convenient to many area attractions, including the many seafood restaurants in Calabash, North Carolina, and beaches on either side of the state line. The resort has pull-through RV sites as well as cottage rentals. If camping with friends, request a buddy campsite so RVs can face each other. Lakefront views are available, and days can be spent fishing, swimming and paddling around the 36-acre lake. Briarcliffe RV Resort (briarcliffervresort.com) is on the south end of North Myrtle Beach and has a handful of park rentals in addition to RV sites. Each rental has a separate bedroom plus either a sleeper sofa or bunk beds. Pets must be leashed at all times. Whether you reserve a site overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway or choose a shady spot, the ocean is just a few blocks away.

Myrtle Beach

At Myrtle Beach KOA (koa.com), just off Kings Highway, you can ride the free shuttle to the beach, or stay and enjoy the climbing wall, playgrounds or outdoor movie cinema. You’re within walking distance of Jungle Lagoon miniature golf (junglelagoon.com) and Family Kingdom (familykingdomfun.com), an oceanfront amusement park. Sites have full hook-ups, no hook-ups or just water and electric. Bathhouses and dump stations are scattered throughout the campground. The Apache Campground (apachefamilycampground.com) can accommodate anything from a tent to an RV and claims to have the longest fishing pier on the East Coast. With the beach right outside your tent, you may fail to notice the swimming pool, bait and tackle shop or horseshoe pits on-site. Restaurants are within walking distance, and the pier has a full-service restaurant and snack bar.

South Side of Myrtle Beach

Ocean Lakes Campground (oceanlakes.com) on the south side of town boasts five lakes, a few ponds, an indoor pool and the ocean just steps away. Families can spend their entire vacation without leaving the property. Oceanfront recreation courts and a skate park will keep you entertained when you’re not on the beach. Sites have full hook-ups, but if you don’t have an RV, there are oceanfront rental houses available as well. Myrtle Beach State Park (southcarolinaparks.com) has beachfront camping as well as a fishing pier and playground. Both RVs and tent sites are available. There is a park entrance fee as well as fees for fishing off the pier or camping overnight. While swimming is allowed in the ocean anywhere along the one-mile stretch of beach, lifeguards are present north of the pier during the summer. Walking trails take you through a maritime forest.

South of Myrtle Beach

Huntington Beach State Park (southcarolinaparks.com) near Murrells Inlet has both tent and RV sites. Explore the park’s live oaks and historic Atalaya Castle, or head straight for the beach. A nature trail takes you through salt marshes and a freshwater lagoon to view local birds and other wildlife. Fish or swim at the park while staying overnight or as a day guest. There is a small entrance fee for the park, and camping reservations have a two-night minimum. If you are trying to make reservations for the same day, call the park directly. Otherwise, you can reserve a campsite online.

About the Author

Jennifer Maxwell is a North Carolina based writer. She received her bachelor's degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has taken master's level courses at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. With 10 years of professional writing experience, she has written on topics ranging from energy to entertainment, religion to travel. Her work has appeared on Eclecticcuts.com, CollegePress.com, as well as in regional print publications.

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