National Parks often have a large number different of campgrounds that when combined offer numerous campsites. Sometimes though, you are looking to stay in a singular, large, inclusive campground. One that offers many campsites and amenities all within the same grounds.
So what are the biggest campgrounds in the United States? Three of the largest campgrounds in the United States are Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Campland on the Bay, and Stone Mountain Park. These campgrounds are so large that they are in fact more of a resort and have a massive array of activities.
These three campgrounds offer tent sites and RV sites, scenic views, amenities, and even attractions. Campgrounds offer on-location services and facilities, unlike when you are camping off-site in the backcountry. Campgrounds also provide safety and access to campground hosts and typically rangers.
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Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Massive is the only word that comes close to describing Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This campground, the largest on the East Coast, boasts 859 campsites and 2,567 annual lease sites. It is situated on 310 acres, most oceanfront.
The campground wasn’t always this big. It began with only thirty sites and one bathhouse in 1970. Since then it has moved up the ranks in size and popularity. Ocean Lakes falls in the top 1% of campgrounds in the US for amenities and customer service.
There are now five bathhouses and over 500 employees working the grounds during the peak of camping season. This number of staff is necessary to accommodate the over 35,000 guests the park receives on a typical seasonal day.
The almost one mile of beachfront is gorgeous, and a favorite family vacation spot. “We could do a lot of things with 310 oceanfront acres in Myrtle Beach, and we’ve had many lucrative offers, but we believe that everyone – the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker – should have the privilege of enjoying God’s beautiful ocean,” said Nelson Jackson, the parks founder.
Amenities and activities-
Ocean Lakes has many lodging options. As mentioned, there are 859 campsites available for RV camping or tents. Their amenities are generous, “Each campsite includes water, sewer, 20-30-50 amp electric, 64 channel cable TV hookup, free Wi-Fi at campsites, a modem-friendly phone jack with free local calls, daily curbside trash pickup and a picnic table”.
Many of their campsites are also pull through and come equipped with concrete pads. The sites can fit forty-foot campers with room for slide-outs on each side. Though some group sites are larger. Not up for tent camping and don’t have a camper?
No worries! Ocean Lakes also provides beach house rentals and trailer rentals. Each one is fully furnished and privately owned. This means each rental will have a unique style and provide a delightful experience!
In addition to awesome lodging, Ocean Lakes offers some great attractions. Located in Myrtle Beach they, of course, offer ocean sand and swimming. They have outdoor recreation such as basketball, volleyball, and playgrounds as well.
For families, they offer the Family Fun Center that includes a pool, a waterpark, a game-center, mini-golf, and a cafe. Camptown Center provides guests with many useful services including laundry, a market, restaurants, and an RV sales and repair center.
A stage, a church, and a nature center can also be found within the campground. Ocean Lakes has a full calendar with numerous events and activities.
Reservations for campsites are made up to eighteen months in advance. Trailer and beach house rentals begin each year in January. You are advised to book early!
To reserve a campsite visit oceanlakes.com and select “Book Now”. You can also reach the campground with the information below:
Ocean Lakes Family Campground
6001 S Kings Hwy,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Campland on the Bay
Campland on the Bay located in San Diego has room for over 500 guests. They are open 365 days a year for families to enjoy forty acres on Mission Bay, “the world’s largest aquatic park”.
Campland has been under the same management group since 1977. Since that time they have been working effortlessly to continually update and better the campground. Adding plenty of amenities, services, and features.
Campland has a variety of sites including tent, RV, and glamping. Each site boats full hook-ups, a fire pit, and a picnic table. Campsites can accommodate RV’s up to forty-five feet in length. Camping options are as follows:
- 568 paved sites
- 405 sites with full hookups
- 18 RV sites with no hookups
- 145 sites with water only
- 26 pull-thru sites (size varies)
Amenities and Activities-
If you are looking for a luxury experience, then you will want to reserve the “super site”. There is only one super site, a “large gated site with private hot tub, fire pit, outdoor BBQ and sink, shower, bathroom, and laundry”. It sits on the edge of a wildlife preserve and is bordered by water on its other side.
Group reservation is available and easy, reservations can be completed by your “wagon-master” (your group leader). Campland also allows special events and activities to take place on their campground. They can even customize rentals to fit your party.
Camplands amenities are extensive. There are of course many bathrooms and showers available. Other amenities include a beach, a marina with over twenty slips available, and outdoor recreation including volleyball, swimming, and horseshoes.
You don’t have to worry about fitting everything in the car thanks to Campland rentals. You and your family can rent a Waverunner, a kayak, a pontoon boat, or a peddle boat. Bike rentals consist of hydro bikes, beach cruisers, electric bikes, or surrey carts.
Camplands name is fitting due to the fact that it offers almost an entire town of services within the campground. There is a gym, a dog park, a laundry, an ice cream parlor, a skate park, a market, a cantina, pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, and even a spa.
Many of the friendly staff who keep Campland running have worked there for over thirty years. They pride themselves on keeping families coming back year after year.
To book what is sure to be a memorable experience visit campland.com and select “reserve now”. They have summer rates and winter rates. Be sure to book early, especially if you hope to reserve the super site. For more information go to:
Campland on the Bay
2211 Pacific Beach Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
Tel. 858 581-4260
Stone Mountain Park
The final large campground is Stone Mountain Park located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This campground has over four hundred available campsites contained on 3200 acres.
Stone Mountain Park has lodging to fit every type of camper. They offer “RV, Pop-up, and Tent sites as well as Yurt, Safari Tent, and RV Rentals”. Each site features a grill, fire ring, and picnic table.
Tent sites and RV sites are available within the campground. If you do not have your own camper you may rent one by reserving one of their RV rental sites. There are 125 partial hook-up tent sites and 46 primitive tent sites.
You may choose either a waterfront/lakeside campsite or a wooded campsite. There are restroom facilities throughout the campground. Some sites are located nearer to attractions such as the dock, fishing area, or general store.
Their yurt sites provide guests with a traditional wood and canvas yurt complete with furnishings. The site also includes “outside decks, picnic tables, charcoal grill, metal fire pit, and a water spigot for your convenience”.
Inside the yurt, you won’t have to forgo any common amenities. There are electrical outlets, heating, air conditioning, wifi, and room for a small refrigerator. The yurts are not equipped with bathrooms but are located very near to restrooms.
Safari tents are available as well. These stationary tents are made of wood and canvas. They may look rustic from the outside but inside they contain electrical outlets, wifi, a ceiling fan, and furniture. Similar to the yurts they also feature an “extended platform deck space, picnic table, charcoal grill, metal fire pit, and water spigot”.
The safari tents do not contain private bathrooms, but they are located near to the restrooms.
Amenities and Activities-
Stone Mountain Park is located directly outside of Stone Mountain, a popular attraction. The campground also provides guests with recreation in the form of the “Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and Skyhike® adventure ropes course”.
Stone Mountain Park includes restrooms, showers, and laundry so that guests don’t have to forgo modern necessities. Their general store keeps guests stocked up with groceries, live bait, gas, firewood, and RV supplies.
For additional family activities, be sure to visit the swimming pool, volleyball court, playground, or horseshoe court. Unfortunately, swimming in the lake is not permitted. Their calendar shows many ongoing events and activities at the campground.
The campground has EMS, fire, rescue and police services so you are never far from help. The campground is protected by the Stone Mountain Park Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Contact Information –
It would be wise to reserve your campsite early by calling or email Stone Mountain Park. Their information can be found below:
4003 Stonewall Jackson Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
If you are searching for an expansive campground full of attractions, amenities, and multiple types of lodging, one of the three previously listed campgrounds are sure to suit your needs.