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

08 Nov

Campground Review #106 Eureka Jellystone Park Resort at SixFlags near St. Louis, Missouri

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Kerri Cox reviews the Eureka Jellystone Park Resort at SixFlags, which is located near St. Louis, Missouri.

This Jellystone wears a few hats, offering a great urban basecamp for exploring the great city of St. Louis and also providing a fun place to stay while visiting SixFlags theme park just next door. Throw in a pool, mini golf course, and tons of recreational activities and you wind up with a fantastic campground option near St. Louis, Missouri.

Campground Details

This Jellystone Resort is in the town of Eureka, Missouri just about 20 minutes southwest of downtown St. Louis. It’s a good sized campground and offers a ton of cabin options if you are looking to visit without an RV. Kerri’s favorite thing about this Jellystone was how wooded it was, hosting a great canopy of trees even though it’s located in an urban area.

Expect to find smaller site sizes at this Jellystone, since the focus is on the amenities and activities offered throughout the rest of the park. Sites at the front of the park are smaller, but place you in the heart of the action. For more privacy, you may want to check out the area at the back of the park where guests will find water and electric sites. Of course, if you have a bigger rig, you will want to make sure you rig will easily fit before booking.

One of the best features of the Eureka Jellystone is that it provides a great location for extended family or friends to gather and vacation together even if they don’t all own RVs. Tent sites, deluxe cabins, and RV sites are clustered together and make it easy to plan a group get together.

Campground Amenities and Activities

Kerri was very happy to report that the campground amenities were all recently updated and very well maintained. Her family enjoyed time at the pool, and had a few rounds of competitive mini golf. We didn’t get a straight answer about who came out as the winner…

Other campground amenities and activities include:

  • playground
  • shuffleboard
  • sand volleyball court
  • game room
  • snack bar
  • weekly themed activity schedule

Regional Attractions

Kerri’s family always enjoys a visit to St. Louis, and she stresses how affordable this city is, providing plenty of free attractions like the zoo for visitors on a budget. Kerri’s favorite place is the City Museum, and she also recommends the Gateway Arch, the Forest Park area, and Busch Stadium.

During this visit, the Cox family discovered some amazing food finds and we got seriously hungry listening to her talk about Gioia’s Deli and the Missouri Baking Company.

Check out Kerri’s own blog post about the Eureka Jellystone over on Travels with Birdy, and you can also find more recommendations for the area if you are planning a visit!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

12 Oct

Campground Review #102 Jellystone at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pennsylvania

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Jellstone at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pennsylvania.

The Jellystone at Kozy Rest is located in western Pennsylvania just a short 35 miles from the Ohio border. It’s about an hour north of Pittsburgh, and offers easy access for a day trip from the campground.

There is a ton of variety within the Jellystone franchise, and this campground is a great example of a quieter weekend getaway destination with a focus on family fun and activities. We think it is particularly well suited for folks who may typically camp in more rustic environments but are looking to experience Jellystone activities, amenities, and character interactions.

Campground Details

This is a nicely wooded country campground with a mix of transient and seasonal sites. Jellystone at Kozy Rest is neat and tidy, but expect a good deal of rules and procedures that keep it that way. Prices range from $40 for tent sites with no hookups to $85 for premium full hook up sites holiday or Halloween weekends. There are a ton of special deals offered throughout the year, so check out the website to see if you can find one that fits your camping schedule.

Activities and Amenities

Jellystone at Kozy Rest offers an activity wristband that can be purchased for $15 per child for the duration of your stay (up to 7 days). The wristband includes unlimited access to the jump pad, jump pillow, mini golf course, and bike rentals. Other amenities include…

  • playground
  • pool
  • horse shoes
  • shuffle board
  • gem mining
  • camp store
  • dog park
  • game room

Jellystone at Kozy Rest also offers a full schedule of organized activities with weekly themes like Christmas in July, Dinosaur Discovery, Night at the Races, and From Oldies to 80s. During our visit we enjoyed crafts, potato sack races, bean bag tosses, and lots of visits with Yogi.

Area Attractions

The Jellystone at Kozy Rest has a fantastic website page that details all the great hiking, biking, and kayaking in the area. They highly recommend visiting…

  • McConnells Mill State Park
  • Lake Arthure
  • Clear Creek State Forest
  • Pittsburgh

We also highly recommend a stop at Beans on Broad, a great coffee shop in nearby Grove City. We stocked up on some beans for the rest of our trip while we were here!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

30 Aug

Campground Review #96 Whispering Hills Jellystone Park in Big Prairie, Ohio

Whispering Hills Jellystone Park is a beautiful campground retreat located just about an hour and a half southwest of Cleveland,  in Big Prairie, Ohio. This campground manages to offer all the greatest aspects of a Jellystone Park (family-friendly activities and amenities galore) while still feeling peaceful and relaxing. The entire family truly enjoyed our time here this summer.

Whispering Hills has been in business for quite some time, but only recently rebranded to a Jellystone Park. They have fully embraced the model, offering on-site food, pool, jumping pillows, and a full calendar of scheduled activities. We highly suggest reserving in advance if you are visiting on the weekend. Weekdays seemed to be much quieter, even during the summer peak season.

Campsite Details

Pull thrus and back in sites are available, but you will want to look at a campground map to see what area of the campground would suit your family best. Listen to this episode to hear our thoughts on the different campsite locations. We also talk about seasonal sites and cabin accommodations at the Whispering Hills Jellystone. Expect sites to run from $42-$82 depending on a number of different variables.

Campground Activities and Amenities

This is the type of Jellystone that appeals to all guests no matter what their age. The very youngest children, teens, and adults will find plenty to appreciate at Whispering Hills. We particularly liked the emphasis on recreation with two Gaga ball pits, mini golf, and a beautiful frisbee golf course. Other amenities include…

  • pool
  • jump pillow and jump pad
  • food service
  • arcade
  • corn maze
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • outdoor theater
  • fishing
  • dog park
  • nature cabin

A full schedule of activities is available seven days a week during the summer season and includes pool games, bingo, crafts, and karaoke.

Although we were reluctant to even leave the campground during our stay, guests might want to wander into downtown Wooster while visiting Whispering Hills. We got a cup of coffee at Templeton Scottish Bakery and Coffee House, shopped at Books in Stock, and got a glowing recommendation for Broken Rocks Cafe and Bakery.

Listen to Campground of the Week episode #96 to hear more of our recommendations for visiting Whispering Hills Jellystone and the surrounding area. And check out our Facebook Live tour of the campground during our stay…

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

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.

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22 Feb

Campground Review #69 Yogi at Shangri La in Milton, Pennsylvania

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, we are reviewing the Yogi at Shangri-La in Milton, Pennsylvania. This campground is part of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resorts family, and is a great example of the activities and amenities that many Jellystones offer.


Yogi at Shangri-La is located in eastern Pennsylvania, about 75 miles north of Hershey and 100 northwest of Lancaster County. The campground is nestled at the foot of the Montour Ridge, along the Chillisquaque Creek in the Susquehanna Valley.

This campground is a great place for a family getaway, offering everything you need right on site to chill out and have fun. In fact, the only times we left over our long weekend visit was to eat (twice!) at the amazing Road Food joint, Fence Drive-In. The fish platter, fish sandwiches, and milkshakes hit the spot for our whole family.

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29 Sep

Campground SmackDown: Lake in Wood Campground vs. Jellystone Quarryville in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are introducing a new format: the Campground SmackDown.

We have recorded almost 50 campground reviews from all over the country in the past year, and we noticed a bit of a pattern. When we released a review of a campground located in a popular destination, we received emails and comments about other great campgrounds in that area as well.

So a new idea was born…let’s put two reviews side by side so our listeners can choose which one sounds right for them. We won’t do this for every episode, but we are definitely planning on SmackDowns being in the regular rotation. Stay tuned for more in the future!

For the first Campground SmackDown, we decided to do two campgrounds that we love in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. Lake in Wood Campground and Jellystone Park Quarryville are both fantastic resort style campgrounds in the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, the atmosphere, activities, and pricing are very different.

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We have both reviews back to back in this episode, so you can listen and decide which place YOU would enjoy more. At the end, we make a choice on our favorite, and we invite you to chime in as well. Which sounds like a better pick for your family campground style? We would love to know!

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01 Sep

Campground #43 Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing one of the best campground resorts in the country: Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

This is not your typical camping…this is a family resort where you bring your RV. And that should definitely be your mindset when visiting. The price tag reflects the level of amenities and service, and on this episode we discuss how to measure the value of a resort campground.

 

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From the water park to the pools to the hot tubs, expect to spend a lot of time in your swim trunks while visiting Jellystone Park Quarryville. In addition to the water features, special cabana rentals and snack bar service set this campground experience apart from anything you have ever seen before.

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11 Aug

Campground #40 Jellystone Park of Estes near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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On episode #40 of Campground of the Week, Brett Neilson reviews his base camp for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park–Jellystone Park of Estes. Rocky Mountain National Park is the 3rd most visited national park in the country, but surprisingly enough, people have some difficulty finding a great campground with reasonable access to the park.

Jellystone Park of Estes stands out for its combination of location and amenities. Listen to hear Brett’s review of his family’s first Jellystone Camp Resorts experience. We’ll give you a hint…we think another visit with Yogi might be in their future!

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28 Jul

Campground #38 Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York. This resort campground is located just 10 minutes from the funky town of New Paltz, nestled between the Catskills and the Lower Hudson Valley Region.

The Lazy River Jellystone is unique in that it offers you all the activities and amenities of the best Jellystone Camp Resorts, and it is also situated in a region full of amazing outdoor opportunities. In fact you might struggle each day to decide whether to stay put and enjoy the wonderful facilities, or head out and explore the beautiful countryside.

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