Campgrounds in Myrtle Beach area make ‘A’ list

dbryant@thesunnews.comDecember 28, 2012 

Three Myrtle Beach area campgrounds have received top marks from consumers in a national survey.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach Travel Park and Willow Tree Resort in Longs were among 42 U.S. campgrounds that received “A” grades through GuestRated.com’s survey. Ocean Lakes is one of nine campgrounds that have earned an “A” every year since the award started in 2008, Willow Tree has made the list for four years and Myrtle Beach Travel Park made the list for the second time.

More than 30,000 campers and RVers participated in the online survey, which tracked guest experiences at 3,200 independent properties affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Winners were announced late last month at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 42 winners this year represent less than 2 percent of all the nation’s campgrounds,” Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of GuestReviews.com, said in a news release. GuestReviews.com conducted the online survey for the RV parks and campgrounds association.

Ocean Lakes also has been recognized by readers of an industry magazine.

The oceanfront campground received the “Silver Award” for favorite campground/resort in Trailer Life magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. Ocean Lakes was second behind Great Smoky Mountain Jellystone Camp-Resort in Cosby, Tenn.

Thousands of Trailer Life readers voted in 25 categories on the magazine’s website, picking their favorite travel trailers, tires, awnings and other RV-related services and places. Winners are listed online and featured in the magazine’s January print issue.

“To be voted as a favorite campground in America with so many choices is amazing,” Ocean Lakes spokeswoman Barb Krumm said in a news release. “The silver award lets us know that we have made an impression on people and will work even harder to remain a favorite place in their minds.”

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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