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Just a stone’s throw from South Carolina’s border with North Carolina, the South of the Border Campground is a convenient RV base near Dillon. It’s on the doorstep of plenty of family-friendly attractions, including the 200-foot Sombrero Tower, Pedroland Park, and Pedro’s Reptile Lagoon.
RV camping at the South of the Border Campground includes access to a range of back-in or pull-through sites, with many extra-large sites for those traveling with big rigs. Each of the sites has electrical hookups, is paved, and offers easy access to the RV park’s clean bathhouses and laundry rooms, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.
When you’re camping at South of the Border Campground, you’ll receive a pool pass for use at the indoor and outdoor pools at the adjacent motel, as well as access to the sauna. There are barbecue grills scattered throughout the campground if you want to cook your own meals, and there are play areas for kids. Camping supplies can be purchased at the on-site office while drinks and snacks are available at Pedro’s Pantry East. Pets are welcome to stay with you, provided they remain on a leash.
A short drive southeast of your campsite near Dillon is Little Pee Dee State Park, which lies within the South Carolina Sandhills region. It encompasses the Little Pee Dee River and the 54-acre Lake Norton, making it a popular fishing destination for catching bream, bass, and catfish. It’s home to a wildlife-filled swamp and part of Carolina Bay, an unusual geological depression that’s unique to the Atlantic Coastal Plain. There’s a boat ramp so you can get out on the water and a 75-foot fishing pier, as well as a children’s playground, picnic shelters, canoe and kayak rentals at the park office.
Just across the border in North Carolina is the Lumber River State Park, which sprawls across more than 12,000 acres along what’s been designated as a National and Scenic River. It was established in 1989 and attracts anglers from near and far, with black crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and redbreast sunfish, just some of the species that can be lured here. More than 20 boat launches can be found along the Lumber River for getting out on the water, with recreational facilities found at the Princess Ann Landing near Orrum. While you’re exploring the park, keep your eyes peeled for alligators, white-tailed deer, and black bears, as well as northern river otters and myriad birdlife.
The South of the Border Campground is surrounded by some restaurants if you don’t feel like cooking, including a steakhouse and a Mexican-themed eatery, as well as an ice creamery for after-dinner treats. There’s also a gas station in the South of the Border facility if you need to fill up your RV rental and a selection of shops where you can pick up souvenirs. Alternatively, you can make the ten-minute drive into Dillon, where you’ll find a more extensive choice of supermarkets and services, such as banks and a public library.
While you’re camping at South of the Border Campground, pay a visit to the James W Dillon House Museum, which occupies a Late Victorian dwelling that was formerly home to the town’s founder. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and is ringed by a verandah with beautifully carved posts, gingerbread trim, and ornate latticework. Wander through the rooms that are furnished as they would have appeared during the early 20th century while learning about the life and legacy of James W. Dillon.
Closer to the campsites at South of the Border Campground are numerous family-friendly attractions, including Pedroland Park. It boasts numerous rides that include a carousel, bounce houses, and bumper cars, as well as a playground with a huge jungle gym and slides. You can challenge your family and friends on one of the two mini-golf courses, then settle in for lunch at the covered picnic area.
Animal lovers should head directly to Pedro’s Reptile Lagoon, which is the largest indoor reptile exhibit in the United States. It’s home to more than 15 species of crocodiles (including several endangered species), with custom-designed pools and walkways that allow for close-up viewing. See their experienced snake handler in action, then shop for reptile-themed gifts at the on-site store. End your visit with a ride up the glass elevator of the Sombrero Observation Tower, which offers sweeping views across the surrounding countryside.
Whether you want to explore the natural attractions of the South Carolina Sandhills or get active in Pedroland Park, book an RV in Dillon County and start planning your next vacation.