Where to camp: The 10 best campgrounds in Myrtle Beach
If you’re looking to save a few bucks on accommodations in Myrtle Beach or you just prefer the old-school appeal of “roughing it’ in the great outdoors, there’s no better way to experience the Grand Strand than a stay at one of the area’s many campgrounds. Although the area is famous for its luxurious Myrtle Beach hotels and top-notch restaurants, we also offer some excellent opportunities for sleeping under the stars. Here are 10 of the best places where visitors can enjoy all the things to do we have to offer without the hustle and bustle of a beachfront hotel. For even more information on where to camp in Myrtle Beach, see our campgrounds page here or check out our 102 Things To Do activity guide.
PirateLand Myrtle Beach
PirateLand is located near the south end of Myrtle Beach with 180 acres of oceanfront property. They have campsites and vacation rentals great for all groups. The Pirate Oasis has an enormous splash pool, winding lazy river and large outdoor pool. Your family will love all of the activities planned at the campground each day!
It’s no wonder Lakewood was named one of the Top 5 RV Resorts in the nation by a leading RV magazine. Its 200-acres of oceanfront property features an oceanfront water park, lazy river, swimming pools, and so much more. RV sites, permanent villas, activities, events, and its own long-running country music revue, High Steppin’ Country beg the question; What more could you want in a Myrtle Beach vacation?”
Myrtle Beach Travel Park Campground
Myrtle Beach Travel Park features oceanfront campsites with full hook ups as well as options for just water. Their covered shelters are great for family dinners after a long day of splashing around on the beaches or in the indoor and outdoor pools. The campground offers ministry and worship services as well as year-round activities.
Myrtle Beach KOA
For tourists who want to enjoy all the amenities Myrtle Beach has to offer without having to drive, it’s hard to beat Myrtle Beach KOA in the heart of Sun Fun City. The only downtown campground allows visitors to walk to a number of Myrtle Beach hot spots or chill out at the camp site with fishing, biking and touring.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Campground on the south side of town provides families a great place to enjoy the outdoors without roughing it too hard. An indoor pool and family fun center allow the kids to keep busy swimming and playing for days while the campground hosts outdoor music festivals for free entertainment in the evening.
Willow Tree RV Resort
Willow Tree RV and Camping Resort provides a unique camping experience just off the beaten path, yet close enough to town to find plenty of things to do. Enjoy fishing at the lake on-site, play games in the large recreation room or enjoy swimming and other great outdoor sports. Take your pick from RV sites or cottages for your next camping trip.
The Apache Campground, located between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, is more convenient to Restaurant Row but offers the chance to catch your own dinner if you prefer. The Apache Pier offers the chance to catch the big ones in the ocean and there are small ponds for those content to catch the little ones.
Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet is a beautiful place to sleep out under the stars in a true natural setting. The live oaks, Atalaya Castle and beach provide a unique backdrop and there are nature trails, a salt-marsh pier and the jettys for great fall fishing. You can hear the waves from your camp site.
Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach State Park has everything from tent camping sites to sites with full hook-up for your RV or camper. Enjoy hiking the preserved trails and easy access to the beaches. They have self-lead tours as well as special programs and events throughout the year to learn about the park and its animal residents.
Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Campground
Located just west of the beach in nearby Conway, S.C., Bucksport Marina is situated in a cozy spot away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, right on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Waccamaw River. In addition to plenty of sites for camping, there’s plenty to do for watersports enthusiasts including plenty of boat ramps, jet skis rentals, pontoon bota rentals, kayaking and regular boat racing events. You can also enjoy a bite to eat at Captain Seaweed’s restaurant or hang out and grab a few drinks and enjoy some live music near the water.
More campgrounds near Myrtle Beach
• Jellystone Park: Formerly known as Daddy Joe’s — is located just over the North Carolina border in Tabor City, N.C. It is just a short drive away from the Strand but a world away from the bright lights. The campground offers fishing at several stocked ponds, hiking through the woods among the changing leaves and an indoor ampitheater for a fun break from the cold.
• Carrollwoods RV Campground & Vineyard: Located just over the N.C. border in Tabor City — but near enough to enjoy the fun of the Myrtle Beach area — this campground is notable as not only a great place to stay, but also an awesome attraction. Here you’ll find Grapefull Sisters Vineyard where vistors can experience wine tastings every Monday through Saturday and enjoy picnics and lazy afternoons on the porch swing with a chilled glass of wine.
• Hammocks Beach State Park: Located up the coast near Swansboro, N.C., is worth the two-hour drive. Visitors can take a ferry over to Bear Island or paddle a canoe directly to their camp site. The barrier island features the best of nature but not so much in amenities. It truly is like being deserted on an island, but you won’t want to be rescued.
• Lake Waccamaw State Park: Just over the North Carolina border, is a hidden jewel on the banks of Lake Waccamaw, a small lake created by a meteor crater. The sites are right on the water and canoe rental allows campers to paddle out onto the lake directly from their site. It’s a great place to fish or just relax.