30 Nov

Campground Review #109 Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave near Mammoth Cave National Park

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, our correspondent Casita Dean May gives us a complete review of the Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave, located just 10 minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park.

This is podcast episode is paired with RVFTA episode # 170: Greetings from Mammoth Cave National Park. Listen to that podcast episode to hear all of Casita Dean’s recommendations for exploring this popular national park and the surrounding area.

Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave is a definitely a campground in transition. This campground has been a popular family-owned destination for decades, and they recently embarked on a 10 million dollar renovation. That means there will be some pretty amazing features in the near future (summer 2018), but at this moment in time, expect some on site construction.

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave is centrally located about 75 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky and about 75 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee. It’s also just 30 minutes north of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This campground is conveniently located minutes away from Mammoth Cave National Park, making it the perfect base camp for anyone visiting this bucket list destination.

Campground Details

There is a wide variety of site options at Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave. You can snag a full hook up (30 or 50 amp) for between $77-$81 per night, peak season. There are also water and electric sites or primitive tenting sites for a lower price tag.

Many Jellystones feature fantastic cabin options, and Mammoth Cave is no exception. There are efficiencies, cabins, and bungalows that range from about $125 to $300 per night. This is a fantastic option for folks traveling with extended family or friends that do not own RVs, but still want to enjoy the campground experience.

Most of the campsites are pull thrus, but there are some back ins available. Listen to the episode to hear Dean’s specific site recommendations and where you might want to be after the renovation is complete.

Activities and Amenities

This was Dean’s first Jellystone experience and he was impressed by the amenities offered at Mammoth Cave. There are two swimming pools, including one with a splash ground plus a water slide.

Did Dean try out the water slide himself? You’ll have to listen to find out…

Other amenities include…

  • Two playgrounds
  • Jump Pillow
  • Mini golf course
  • Ranger station
  • Basketball, sand volleyball, and horseshoes
  • Fishing
  • Laundry facilities

Activities include…

  • complete summer recreation program
  • wagon rides
  • arts and crafts
  • character appearances

By summer of 2018, the Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave will host a pretty impressive 2.3 acre manmade pond. You can visit karstbeach.com to see the plans for this fun on site beach complete with Wibits, inflatables for the water.

To hear all of Casita Dean’s recommendations for visiting Mammoth Cave National Park and the surrounding region, head on over to RV Family Travel Atlas podcast episode #170 Greetings from Mammoth Cave National Park. You may also fight out some interesting info about the white squirrels in Bowling Green. Just sayin.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

01 Nov

Campground Review #105 Pirateland Family Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

On this week’s episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, our correspondent Tatiana Coffinger reviews a controversial campground: Pirateland Family Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tatiana’s family can usually be found at a New York State Park campground with minimal hookups and zero cell signal. However, they all simply adore Pirateland in Myrtle Beach and return as often as they can squeeze it into their very busy schedules.

There are soooo many campgrounds in Myrtle Beach and it can be tricky to choose just one out of the bunch. There are multiple state park campgrounds, as well as campgrounds right on the Grand Strand. Listen to hear Tatiana explain why the Pirateland resort is the only one that her family will ever reserve when traveling to this favorite spring break getaway destination.

Campground Location

Pirateland is located at the southern end of the Grand Strand area of Myrtle Beach and within walking distance of Myrtle Beach State Park. You are nicely situated to easily access Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach State Park as well. Of course, the most important feature to most campers is the direct beach access offered by the resort.

Campground Details

Pirateland is a private family-owned campground that has been open for over 50 years. It is an extremely large campground with approximately 2,100 campsites, plus additional accommodations such as cabins and park model rentals. In her review, Tatiana emphasizes that the layout of the campground really keeps the place from feeling overwhelmingly big. There are different sections and plenty of landscaping, rather than the rows and rows of campsites found at many resort campgrounds on the beach. Tatiana gives a ton of really specific advice for booking the site that will suit you best, so make sure you listen to hear those tips.

One of the reasons that Tatiana’s family loves Pirateland so very much (besides the private beach!) is because of all the resort amenities. Some of the highlights include

  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Splash Ground
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lazy River
  • kayak and paddle boat rentals
  • miniature golf
  • playgrounds

…and too many other amenities to list!

There are also plenty of organized activities your older kids as well as the little ones.

Area Attractions

Tatiana and her family are big fans of golf, so they know how to steer our listeners to some great golfing options in the Myrtle Beach area. There are over 100 golf courses in Myrtle Beach, and Pirateland will help you make your tee time reservations during your stay! Other area recommendations include…

Other Myrtle Beach Content from RVFTA

We totally agree with Tatiana that Myrtle Beach is one of the greatest RV destinations out there. In fact, we’ve visited a few times and offered some of our own favorite destinations on other podcasts. If you are planning a stay, check these out…

You can also search through the Myrtle Beach tag on our website for even more Myrtle Beach travel tips and recommendations!

Thanks to Tatiana Coffinger for reviewing this great resort camping option in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Sep

Top 10 Campground Reviews from the Campground of the Week Podcast

For the 100th episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we decided to look back and share the 10 most popular campground reviews from the show. When we looked back at the download numbers, the top reviews were a great mix of resort, national parks, and state parks from locations all around the country.

You can listen to us chat about the top 10 most popular campgrounds on episode #100 of Campground of the Week.

A huge thank you to all our campground correspondents for bringing such great RV and camping content to the RVFTA community!

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Here’s to another 100 campground reviews!

We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

06 Sep

Campground Review #97 Sunset Beach Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia

Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, Sunset Beach Resort is a fantastic addition to camping in the Chesapeake Bay region. On this episode of Campground of the Week, we discuss our five-day visit to this new campground where we spend tons of time relaxing on the beach and exploring the surrounding area.

Sunset Beach Resort is owned by Bluewater Development, a private company that also manages Massey’s Landing in Delaware and the Chincoteague KOA in Virginia. From what we have seen so far, they are doing a great job bringing the hotel resort point of view to their campground properties.

Campground Details

Sunset Beach Resort is a very large campground with several hundred sites mostly for transient visitors. However there were a few rows of seasonal sites as well. Most of the sites are back in, but tune in to here our suggestions for the best four sites at the campground (rare pull thrus and easy to miss on the map!!!). Prices are reasonable for beachfront camping, ranging from $43 to $85 dollars depending on the season and day of the week.

This campground is a true resort property with onsite beach, pool, and full-service restaurant and bar area. Other amenities include:

  • campground store and gift shop
  • breakfast and lunch cafe
  • playground
  • new, clean bathhouses and laundry facilities
  • golf cart rentals
  • daily activities and themed weekends

Regional Dining and Attractions

We truly enjoyed our time exploring the surrounding Cape Charles region as well. Listen to hear more about our top travel highlights including…

You can also check out our Facebook Live video from our stay here…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

21 Jun

Campground Review #86 Piney Campground in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Dover, Tennessee

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Casita Dean reviews Piney Campground in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area in Dover, Tennessee.

Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000 acre area between Kentucky Lake on the West and Lake Barkley on the east, stretching north to south across western Kentucky and western Tennessee, and just 80 miles northwest of Nashville.

Campground Details

Piney Campground is a large public campground maintained by the USDA Forest Service, containing 384 sites separated throughout 7 loops. 283 of the sites are electric only, 44 have full hook ups, and 57 are primitive. The cost is $22 per night for electric and $40 per night for full hook ups. Reservations for all the sites can be made online through the Forest Service.

Amenities

Piney Campground offers a great list of amenities at this affordable price point. The Piney Outpost is a well-stocked camp store, and the bathhouses are clean and contain laundry facilities and vending machines. Other campground amenities include:

  • Campfire Theater
  • Softball field
  • Basketball and Volleyball courts
  • Fishing Pier
  • Boat Ramp
  • Swimming area with beach
  • Playground
  • Bicycle and equipment rentals
  • archery range
  • biking and hiking trails

Activities

Land Between the Lakes has a wide range of scheduled activities throughout the national forest, some for an nominal fee. Examples of offered programs include…

  • Golden Pond Planetarium programs
  • Feeding Time on the Farm
  • For Goodness Snakes
  • Afternoon Animal Encounters
  • Be a Hero for Wildlife

Be forewarned: cell service is mediocre and wifi is non existent.

Regional Attractions

The Land Between the Lakes is a regional attraction in and of itself, offering plenty of activities to keep visitors busy during their entire stay. Other regional highlights include…

Regional Dining 

Piney Campground is in the heart of BBQ country, so you will want to explore that cuisine during your visit…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

 

07 Jun

Campground Review #84 Unicoi Springs Camp Resort in Helen, Georgia

Unicoi Springs Camp Resort, located in the northeast mountains of Georgia, is a unique member-owned campground property. Our southern correspondent, Keith Sims, visited for a ‘boys getaway’ with his sons recently and was very impressed.

Campsite Details

So how does this member-owned campground work? Folks pay a one-time $5,000 fee which gives them the right to camp up to 14 days every month of the year. They pay an additional maintenance fee (currently $410) every year. The membership fee does not buy a particular lot on the campground, but rather access to any of the 300 campsites available.

All of the campsites offer full hook ups, a patio or deck, picnic table, cable, and high speed wifi. There are also on-site cabin and RV rentals available for members or their visiting family and friends.

Campground Amenities

Unicoi Springs is a resort style campground and offers amenities that measure up in that category:

  • Two pools
  • basketball court
  • volleyball court
  • tennis court
  • miniture golf
  • pickle ball court
  • clubhouse
  • activity center
  • gated security

Regional Attractions

Unicoi Springs is also located in a beautiful region, which offers many themed festivals throughout the year, including Oktoberfest in the fall. Helen, Georgia is a Bavarian-themed town complete with cobblestone streets and gingerbread trim on the storefronts. Other area attractions include…

  • Alpine Amusement Park
  • Unicoi State Park
  • Scenic Highway 197
  • White water rafting
  • Georgia Museum of Art in Athens
  • Anna Ruby Falls

If you find yourself struggling to get out to the campground as much as you would like, a camping membership option like this can be a fantastic solution. With concierge amenities like RV storage and setup, it’s worth checking out if you are near the northeastern mountains of Georgia.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

RV Family Travel Atlas

31 May

Campground Review #83 Jellystone Park Hagerstown in Williamsport, Maryland

We have had a lot of great stays at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts, but Hagerstown has shot to the top of the list after our stay there last weekend.

Located in northern Maryland, just a mile from I-81, this area is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the Civil War.” The Hagerstown Jellystone is less than an hour and a half from both Washington DC and Baltimore, making this a fantastic weekend escape option for residents of those urban areas.

The Campsites

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24 May

Campground Review #82: Luray KOA in Virginia, near Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is one of our nation’s great natural treasures, and on this Campground of the Week podcast episode, Janine Pettit is recommending that you stay at the Luray KOA during your visit.

Campground Location

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19 Apr

Campground Review #77 Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina in Hilton Head, South Carolina

On this episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we are heading to one of the most iconic RV beach destinations on the east coast: Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our upper Midwest correspondent, Matthew and Melissa Kellas, took a trip down south last season and they loved camping at the Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina.

In this episode, Matthew and Melissa talk about some of the unique booking arrangements at the Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina. This campground features privately owned campsites, so individual owners decide when to rent out their sites and the office handles reservations. Tune in to hear their recommendations for navigating this unusual arrangement.

Matthew and Melissa also share some of their favorite activities and dining experiences from the area. Listen to hear about the best beaches, lighthouses, and family-friendly (and vegan friendly!) restaurants.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

12 Apr

Campground Review #76 Gunter Hill Campground outside Montgomery, Alabama

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Kentucky correspondent Casita Dean reviews Gunter Hill Campground just 12 miles outside of historic Montgomery, Alabama. Casita Dean and his wife Laura first visited Gunter Hill Campground while attending a Green Eggs and Ham rally in their 2005 Casita 17′ Freedom Deluxe.

Gunter Hill Campground is a Corp of Engineers (COE) campground located on the Catoma Creek, part of the backwaters of the Alabama River. It consists of 142 sites, most of which are back in. However, there are about 20 pull thru sites if that is your thing.

Casita Dean talks about the two loops, Catoma and Antioch, and describe the differences between the two area. They offer very distinct camping experiences, so make sure you listen to hear which loop would suit your camping preferences best.

Reservations for Gunter Hill Campground can be made via Reserve American, and the prices are very budget friendly at $18/night for water & electric, and just $26/night for full hook up. That low price will give visitors access to boating, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

The campground also offers playgrounds, basketball courts, group shelters, and adequate comfort stations. Don’t bother to bring along your devices as WiFi is not one of the amenities offered at Gunter Hill.

The Region: Activites, Attractions, and Good Eats

Casita Dean is very familiar with the Montgomery area, and shares great recommendations  for enjoying both the historic sites and the great dining options.

Montgomery:

Prattville:

Gunter Hill Campground can offer campers a quiet, outdoor retreat or an affordable basecamp to explore on of America’s great historic destinations.

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We will see you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy