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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See you at the campground,

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

 

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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Stephanie + Jeremy

11 Jan

Campground Review #63 My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our guest correspondent Casita Dean reviews My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky. Dean is a big fan of the Kentucky State Parks system and wholeheartedly recommends their network of campgrounds, lodges, cabins, golf courses, and restaurants.

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