25 Feb

Campground #16: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Luray Virginia

On Episode #16 of Campground of the Week, our northeaster correspondents, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, give a complete review of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia.

This is the very first Jellystone that Jeremy and Stephanie ever visited, and they were blown away by the resort experience. This is the type of campground that has virtually every activity and amenity that you can imagine. Added bonus? It is just five miles away from the stunning Shenandoah National Park.

Jellystone Luray Virginia

In this episode, Jeremy and Stephanie highlight the following campground details:

  • Printed daily schedule with organized activities ranging from team sports to crafts to story time.
  • Many opportunities to visit and spend time with the characters, from the morning flag rising to story time.
  • Multiple bounce pillows and pools/splash pads, creating uncrowded recreation spaces.Image8
  • No additional charge for most of the campground activities, including paddle boats, mini golf, and water slide.Image6
  • Amazing customer service.
  • Complete discussion of site details including the pros and cons of different campsite areas and options.

You will also hear about their favorite area attractions:

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Jeremy and Stephanie adore great road food joints, and they highly recommend:

Shenandoah National Park is one of our country’s great RV destinations, and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia is a wonderful base camp that offers families resort-like amenities next door to countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Definitely a win for RVing families.

Have any other recommendations for this area? Leave a comment below! Or head over to our RVFTA forum, where you will find great discussions on RV travel happening everyday.

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21 Jan

Campground #11: Ventura Ranch KOA, California

On Campground of the Week episode #11, our California correspondent Kate Dunbar reviews her favorite local campground the Ventura Ranch KOA. This 76-acre campground is located next to an orange orchard and a creek, offering a phenomenal natural experience just 60 miles outside of Los Angeles.

Ventura Ranch KOA, California

The variety of accommodations at this KOA is impressive, including tent sites, pull-thrus, teepees, cabins, lodges, and executive suites. Kate likes to visit during the less crowded times–during the week and in the shoulder fall and spring season. She notes that the summer and weekends are more crowded, but they are also full of fun activities for the family.

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Scheduled events like the Bigfoot Adventure Walk and on-site activities like the zip lining are popular at the Ventura Ranch KOA. There is also a climbing wall, race car pedal bikes, a jump pillow, and movies under the stars.

The region is full of attractions that will keep you busy during your whole stay. In the second half of the show, Kate recommends her favorite area hikes, beaches, and NPS sites.

Take a listen, and let us know if you visit the Ventura Ranch KOA!

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24 Dec

Campground #7: Barton Lake Jellystone in Fremont, Indiana

Located near the crossroads of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake is the perfect example of destination camping. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or an entire week, there are enough activities and amenities to keep you entertained right on site. This Jellystone is located about an hour from South Bend and about 3 1/2 hours from Chicago.

Barton Lake JellystoneFremont, Indiana

On Campground of the Week Episode #7, Melissa and Matthew Kellas will give us a complete review of the campground, starting with a description of two different camping areas and tips for choosing your own best site. They recommend looking at a Barton Lake Jellystone campground map while making reservations by phone, just to make sure you wind up in a good spot for your family. They also recommend booking as early as possible, since this is a wildly popular regional campground.

With 3 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a splash park, jump pillows, and a volleyball court, it is virtually impossible to be bored at the Barton Lake Jellystone. Nevertheless, they also offer a full roster of daily activities beginning at 9 am and running into the evening hours. Melissa and Matt will talk about some of their favorite activities, and you can also check here for a sample daily schedule.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake just celebrated it’s 50th camping season, and it is easy to see why this is such a popular place for family campers.

Let us know if you visit this campground, and if you have any additional thoughts or area recommendations, make sure to drop us a comment below!

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