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New resort aiming to change the game for RVers

Hilton Head National RV Resort will provide an array of amenities for families and retirees.

Story by Tim Wood  +  Photography by Arno Dimmling

Kathy Chittenden knew she’d found her new work home when she toured the grounds and saw the unique and amazing experience that Hilton Head National RV Resort was going to offer for campers in the Lowcountry. “This resort was planned with attention to detail,” said the resort’s general manager, a 15-year RV resort industry veteran with another 15 years in hotel management with Marriott.

This high-tech-meets-traditional-camping resort is taking shape adjacent to the famed 18-hole Hilton Head National golf course. Opening in the fall, the resort offers 340 site pads set to service the ever-growing RVing community. The Lowcountry has long been a preferred RVing destination since what was previously a lifestyle largely for retirees is even more so now that the Covid pandemic has created an industry-wide boom among younger families.

Shown are the pool and clubhouse at Waters Edge, the Waterside adult pool and hot tub overlooking the golf course.

“It’s caused folks to rethink how they want to spend their family vacations. You have a convenient traveling hotel for the family, and with this resort, folks will have tons of things to do, all surrounded by nature trails and walking paths and uninterrupted natural beauty,” Chittenden said.

Here are a few of the highlights:

•The resort will have 56 pull-in sites for Class A, B and C motorcoaches, with the remaining pads for all types of RVs including fifth-wheels and larger tag-alongs. Each pad is equipped with cable, high-speed WiFi and full hookups.

•The main clubhouse includes an 8,500-square-foot, beach-entry pool with a lazy river, splash pad, playground, and basketball, bocce ball and pickleball courts.

Shown are The Players Club Clubhouse and RV pads, a map of the new complex and Kathy Chittenden and Rommel at The Players Club pool.

•The main clubhouse features a bar, restaurant, retail store and will host a full-time activities/concierge director on site.

•There is a separate laundry facility with over 20 washers and dryers and a dog wash station complete with three stainless steel tubs, ramps and two fenced areas separated for the large dogs and for the smaller dogs.

•The resort features an adults-only section that includes a separate clubhouse with a pool, hot tub, laundry facilities and private showers. This section features some of the most spectacular views of Hilton Head National Golf Course.

•Guests will be able to rent private cabanas, golf carts, golf clubs and reserve a tee time.

•The resort’s nightly rates will run from $109 to $169 with military, FMCA and Triple AAA discounts as well as long-term-stay discounts. Follow them on Facebook for updates about when the resort will start accepting reservations.

Chittenden is excited to welcome guests to what she believes will be the South’s premier vacation experience.

“It’s truly special that someone had the vision to build something as beautiful as this and keep the nature in it,” she said. “It’s just a dream. So close to the beach but far enough away that you still get the feeling of nature. It’s camping at its best. You can’t get any better than this.”

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Options aplenty for RVing fun

While you’re waiting for Hilton Head National RV Resort to open, there are a slew of options to enjoy the RV life within a short drive in the Lowcountry – each with its own unique draws to attract visitors.

Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort is a multiple-award-winning luxury resort on the island’s South End, set on 50 woodland acres with 400 paved lots, an on-site lake while just a mile from the island beaches.

Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina is on Hilton Head’s north end and stands out with its on-site marina with boat and water sports rentals, chartered boat tours and a 5-star restaurant on the property.

• The newest entry, Camp Lake Jasper, is just off I-95 Exit 8 and offers the lowest rates off U.S. 278 with lakefront sites, a pool, general store and dog park among its amenities and is adjacent to the 320-acre Sergeant Jasper Park. 

• A bit farther up the road, Point South KOA Campground offers a variety of camping and RV options with award-winning amenities just off I-95’s Exit 33.