Activities range from “ladies only” deep sea fishing trips to nature walks, beach cleanups and organized family activities and themed weekends. One campground offers pet-themed activities every weekend, including a “Woofstock” music event.
Are you looking for different kinds of experiences in the Great Outdoors this summer?
How about joining a “ladies only” deep sea fishing excursion? “They’re called Reels and Heels, and are always very fun,” said Irina Yashova, co-owner of Seahaven Marine RV Park in Sneads Ferry, N.C., adding that the trips are scheduled “on demand.”
“If there is a group of ladies who would like to charter it for ‘Heels and Reels,’ it can be done any time,” she said.
Seahaven Marine RV Park also offers a variety of other deep sea fishing excusions, including father-and-son trips, girls weekends out, bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduation celebrations and appreciation trips for work colleagues, parents and various groups.
Do you hear the mountains calling?
Consider using Linville Falls Campground as a base camp for visiting Linville Falls, which carries more water than any other waterfall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or for checking out Linville Caverns, the only cave open to the public for tours in North Carolina.
Are you looking instead for organized family activities? Many campgrounds across North and South Carolina provide family activities.
“There is really so much families can do,” said Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
“Visit CampingCarolinas.com and you can find campgrounds that offer every conceivable summer activity, such as hiking, swimming, fishing and river tubing, kayaking or canoeing. You can also find campgrounds with organized family activities, summer day camps and even nighttime kids activities so parents can enjoy a ‘date night’ on their own.”
Here are examples of the amenities and activities available at several campgrounds across North and South Carolina this summer:
Four Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat in Rutherfordton, N.C.
This campground caters to dogs and their human companions and has a different theme each weekend with dog activities, dog/human activities and adult human activities. An Amazing Race Weekend is set for May 31-June 2 includes an obstacle course competition for dogs and their human companions, while a Woofstock weekend with live music will take place Aug. 16-18. The campground has RV sites as well as pet friendly cabins and yurts.
Visit their website: http://www.4pawskingdom.com
Jellystone Park Golden Valley in Bostic, N.C.
This campground, which has scheduled its grand opening for Memorial Day weekend, offers organized family activities and theme weeks and weekends with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and Cindy Bear. Theme weekends include a “Chocolate Frenzy Week” July 15-21 with a chocolate balloon toss, teen only chocolate maze, a chocolate Slip N Slide, and an adults only chocolate buffet. Amenities include outdoor movies, jumping pillows, miniature golf, gem mining, Gaga Ball, laser tag, and a water zone with 165-foot long water slides, two kiddie water slides, 13 water blasters, two water cannons, and a 750 gallon hydro storm bucket that periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it. Other activities include catch and release fishing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding on the park’s lake.
Visit their website: https://campgoldenvalley.com
Myrtle Beach Travel Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
This campground features a heated indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool, splash pool and lazy river. The park also has a fresh water fishing lake with paddle boats and a barrel train ride. Activities include arts and crafts, magic shows, family sand castle building, boys versus girls pool games and Karaoke.
Visit their website: http://www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com
Norwood Campground in Norwood, N.C.
Annual activities at this campground include a dip competition called “Put a Chip in It,” for Cinco de Mayo and a 4th of July Parade with golf carts, bicycles and tricycles. Fall activities include carnival day Oct. 5; a “Battle of the Bowls” chili crawl Oct. 12, and a barbecue competition Oct. 26 as well as hayrides and trick or treating for Halloween.
Visit their website: https://www.norwoodcampground.com
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Summer activities include family ceramics classes, family tie dye, scavenger hunts, fishing tournaments in the surf for all ages as well as miniature golf tournaments for adults and children. The campground also has an onsite Nature Center Discovery Lab that features a live alligator and offers classes on a variety of topics as well as beach cleanups and nature walks and a Junior Naturalist Program. The campground, which offers RV and tent sites as well as beach house rentals, also has a kids day camp called Kamp Starfish for children ages 4 to 11 and a “Kids Night Out” program, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so parents can have a “date night” while their children enjoy pizza, games and activities. Summer shows include a weekly “Fire and Hula Show” and in addition to themed weekends and special events throughout the year.
Visit their website: https://www.oceanlakes.com
River Bottom Farms in Swansea, S.C.
This campground, which features RV and tent sites as well as various rental units, offers many activities for children and their families, including chocolate-themed weekends June 7-9 and Aug. 23-24 with chocolate crafts, chocolate Slip-N-Slides, chocolate ice cream eating contests, candy bar bingo, a chocolate tug of war, and a chocolate chip pancake breakfast. A Christmas in July weekend is set for July 12-14 with kids crafts, a campsite decorating contest, pictures with Santa and a family movie. A “Wild West Weekend” will take place July 26-28 with a cow pie eating contest, a roping contest, barrel races, hoppity horse races and live music.
Visit their website: http://www.riverbottomfarms.com
Rocks Pond Campground in Eutawville, S.C.
This campground, which has RV and tent sites as well as cabin rentals, is popular with fishing enthusiasts, offering opportunities to catch largemouth bass; striped bass, blue cat catfish, flathead catfish, crappie and redear sunfish.
Visit their website: https://www.rockspond.com/index.html
Solitude Pointe Cabins & RV Park in Cleveland, S.C.
Activities at this campground include hiking on the park’s nature trail as well as canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the Saluda River as well as fishing for bream, trout and catfish. Several waterfalls are also close to this campground, including Looking Glass Falls, Twin Falls, Wild Cat Falls and 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls.
Visit their website: http://www.solitudepointe.com
For more information about campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across North and South Carolina, please visit CampingCarolinas.com.