The pumpkin pie is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dessert tables across the United States. For many families, Thanksgiving (and occasionally Christmas) are the only times this tasty dish is served – and everyone wants to learn how to make Grandma’s family recipe taste just like hers, so they can pass the pumpkin pie tradition on to their own children and grandchildren.

How did the pumpkin pie because synonymous with our holiday of gratitude? No one really knows. Historians say the pumpkin is native to North America, and Native Americans likely cut the pulp into slices and roasted them over the fire. When European settlers arrived, they began exporting the big orange gourd. There, the French and the English prepared it as a dessert, but differently from the presentation we’re used to. They stuffed the whole pumpkin with apples, spices, sugar and even honey, and then baked it whole.

Here in the United States, recipes for pumpkin pie as we know it began showing up on Thanksgiving tables in the early 19th century. As a fall crop, pumpkins were likely considered a symbol of the autumn harvest and were plentiful; cooks of yesteryear were accustomed to making the most of what was available, so it’s no wonder they found a way to make delicious pumpkin pie.

If this is your first time making Grandma’s famous family recipe, or you just want to perfect your own pumpkin pie, here are a few easy tips to make it turn out just right.

Be careful not to over-beat the filling. Pumpkin pie is supposed to be thick and creamy; too much mixing will add air and thin out the texture.

Brush the pie crust with a slightly-beaten egg white and pre-bake it before filling it. This helps the crust stay flaky and crisp.

If you’re having a hard time getting the crust just right (it can be tricky), consider using a refrigerated pie crust. No one will know the difference – and we’ll never tell!

Buy an extra pie crust and use cookie cutters to cut it into festive shapes for the top – autumn leaves, pumpkins and so forth. It will look beautiful.

  • If you’re in a hurry, canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling will work. Or roast a sugar pumpkin and puree the insides.

Fold crushed toffee into whipped cream for a deliciously decadent pie topping.

Keep an eye on the pie while it’s in the oven. Overbaking leads to the pie “weeping,” which makes the crust soggy and creates cracks in the surface.

Keep the pie refrigerated until it’s ready to be served.

 

Happy baking!

No matter what’s going on in the world around us, there’s always lots to be grateful for. This year, as you prepare to celebrate the fourth Thursday in November (or Thanksgiving, as we like to call it), give some thought to spending this special holiday with your friends at a Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort! From potluck turkey dinners to football parties, campfires and family movies, there’s lots of fun to be had and memories to be made.

 

In Robert, Louisiana, Nov. 26-31 is full of celebration – Thanksgiving, Christmas and the park’s Anniversary Party Finale! Holiday activities start Wednesday, including the annual Golf Cart Poker Run Grand Prix Invitational. Their 37th annual Potluck Thanksgiving is set for Thursday, and Santa Claus will visit good little boys and girls on Saturday night. (Parents, bring a gift for Santa’s sack with your child’s name, age and cabin or site number.) After Santa heads back to the North Pole, it’s time to put Yogi Bear™,   Boo Boo™ and Cindy Bear™ into hibernation until next March.

 

Columbia, South Carolina, has long celebrated the venerated football rivalry between the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers. After a hearty Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday (guests bring dessert to share; the park provides the rest), it’s time to watch the big game on the big screen. Don’t forget to wear your team colors and get ready to cheer. There’s also plenty of fun to be had with crafts, hay rides, the jumping pillow, family movies, campfires, marshmallow roasts, and much more.

 

Down in Texas, you’ll find Canyon Lake’s 8th annual Turkey Day – a park-wide potluck dinner. The park provides the turkeys; guests bring two sides. Santa makes his first visit of the season, and don’t forget canned food to donate to the local food bank, or diapers for New Braunfels’ Options for Women. In Fredericksburg, TX, enjoy a potluck, games, crafts, family movies, a wine tasting, family Wii games, and and bonfire story-telling with Yogi Bear™.

 

Check with your favorite park to see if they have a Thanksgiving event planned, and no matter how you choose to celebrate, remember that the entire Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort family is thankful for YOU!v

Temperatures are dropping. Frost may even have made its first appearance. Soon, it may not seem warm enough to camp at all. More Americans, however, are realizing that camping can be a great family vacation and/or a relaxing getaway year-round. What are the best ways to keep camping feasible and fun in the chilly fall months – and even during the winter, too?

 

Pack And Plan Accordingly

Seventy-four percent of campers try something they were initially afraid to do – and sometimes that can include fall or winter camping. Winter camping does not have to be a daunting prospect, however – especially if you are well-prepared. Pack snow boots, hats, gloves, and scarves along with head and feet warmers and some thick, wool blankets.

 

What Are The Best Fall-Themed Campfire Foods?

Sitting around the campfire at family campgrounds may seem even more inviting in the chilly fall or winter weather. Similarly, toasty campfire foods are just the thing to keep you warm on a cold, winter morning. Heat up some soup in a pot over the fire, create a stew- like, hobo meal (throw some vegetables and meat into some tin foil), or even indulge in one of Antarctic explorer Sebastian Copeland’s favorite treats, a cranberry and bacon grease spread. Copeland recommends eating it on a bagel with a slice of cheese, or even topping off cereal with the cranberry spread, for a flavorful treat high in healthy fats and rich in antioxidants.

 

Forget About Roughing It

The best thing about fall and winter camping, however, is that it can allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the beauty of fall foliage or snow-capped pine trees without roughing it. Skip tent camping in favor of cozy cabins or RV camping.

 

Either way, you can continue enjoying camping year-round.

 

Here’s a list of our Camp-Resorts open in the winter:

 

Elberta, AL

Cobb Mountain, CA

Larkspur, CO

Montrose, CO

Madison, FL

Bremen, GA

Goodfield, IL

Millbrook, IL

Portage, IN

Lawrence, KS

Cave City, KY

Robert, LA

Sturbridge, MA

Pelahatchie, MS

Cherokee, NC

Tabor City, NC

Mill Run, PA

Milton, PA

Swansea, SC

Memphis, TN

Nashville, TN

Burleson, TX

Canyon Lake, TX

Fredericksburg, TX

Tyler, TX

Waller, TX

Emporia, VA

Gloucester Point, VA

Autumn leaves crunching under your feet … a fragrant mug of cider or cocoa warming your hands … the family clustered around the cozy light of a roaring campfire. There’s something about camping in the fall that makes it just a little different from the rest of the year, and November can be a great time to enjoy the cool air and the gorgeous colors of the season. While some of our Camp-Resorts have closed for the season, many are still open and there’s still fun to be had. Just take a look.

FLORIDA

Madison, FL

  • Veteran’s Day, Nov. 7-9 – Give thanks for our many Veterans as we salute them this weekend! All veterans receive 25% off their reservation with us. Present your ID card at check-in.
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 27-30 – Spend Thanksgiving with Ranger Smith™ & Yogi Bear™ (if we can wake him up). Join us for our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at noon. Campers bring the side dishes and tournaments! (3 night minimum stay)

LOUISIANA

Robert, LA

  • Ranger’s Birthday & Scout Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Join us for outdoor fun and safety training. Celebrate Ranger Smith’s birthday with cake and ice cream. Call early for half-price cabins or campsites are $10 per person (scouts and youth groups only) for the entire weekend. DJ on Saturday night.
  • Veteran’s Day Special, 50% off Weekend, Nov. 14-16 – Yogi Bear™ wants to say thank you to all the great men and women who have served in our armed forces. That’s why we’re inviting all veterans and current military to camp for FREE! Cabins will be half price. And so we all get a chance to recognize those who protect our freedom, camping for everyone else is 50% off. DJ Party and Specials.
  • New Year’s Eve in November – Nov. 21-23 – We’re celebrating New Year’s Yogi Bear™ style! Come out and party with New Year’s Recreation Activities, crafts, and dance in the New Year with a DJ Saturday night. We’ll have hats, horns, streamers, and champagne (21 and older) to do it up right!
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebration/Anniversary Party Finale – Nov. 26-31 – We’ll have holiday activities Wednesday-Sunday, plus the Golf Cart Poker Run Grand Prix Invitiational. Join us for our 37th Annual Potluck Thanksgiving on Thursday. Santa pays a visit on Saturday night (parents, bring a gift with your child’s name, age, and site or cabin number.) Then help us put the bears into hibernation until March 2015!

NEW JERSEY

Elmer, NJ

  • Camping Only, through November 16 – It’s a great time to rent a site or cabin and sit around the campfire with friends and family. The night air is crisp and the days are warm. Perfect time to camp.
  • Final Weekend – Nov. 14-16 – 
Enjoy this final weekend before the snow falls and the gates lock. See you next season!

NORTH CAROLINA

Marion, NC

  • Turkey Trot Week, Nov. 3-9 -Join us as we get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, just a few weeks away! A “hey” ride followed by a s’mores roast compliments of Yogi Bear™ are two great ways to take in the refreshing autumn air. Trot through the nature trail in the morning and then unleash your creative talents and transform a pumpkin into a colorful turkey as part of the weekend activities!
  • Hibernation Week, Nov. 10-16 – It’s that time of year again … time to tuck Yogi Bear™ and his pal Boo Boo™ in for a long winter’s nap. Join us as we enjoy milk and cookies and read a good night story to the bears by a roaring fire … boy, camping just doesn’t get a whole lot better! Be sure to join us and make your own “Hibernation Station” pillowcase to remember your stay here at Jellystone Park™!

Tabor City, NC

  • Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Family friendly movie, hey ride, crafts and worship service honoring our veterans.
  • Sunshine 5K, Nov. 15
  • Thanksgiving Celebration, Nov. 27-30 – Join us as we take time to be thankful for all we have. Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™ & Boo Boo™ will go into hibernation this weekend – help us put them to bed for the winter!

SOUTH CAROLINA

Swansea/Columbia, SC

  • Thanksgiving Celebration and USC/Clemson Football Game – Nov 27.-30 – Join us for our Thanksgiving potluck dinner – and don’t forget your team colors. We’ll watch the game on the big screen together.

TENNESSEE

  • Gatlinburg, TN – Nov. 10-17 – It’s still Fall and it’s still beautiful! Come camp 4 nights, and get the 5th night FREE during this time!
  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 – Come join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day Feast! Here at Great Smoky Jellystone Park™, we supply all the turkey, stuffing, rolls, and gravy you could ever eat! We also enjoy the many wonderful side dishes that our participating campers bring to the table! We will have activities during these Thanksgiving Day and through the weekend! Come and have a great time to relax and enjoy wonderful food! See you there!
  • Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 28-30 – Join us for Thanksgiving crafts! Run off those turkey pounds with a game of hide and seek, flag football, and much more!

Nashville, TN

  • Nov. 7-30 – The Dancing Lights of Christmas

TEXAS

Burleson, TX

  • Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 9-16 – Campsites $50 per night and cabins are 3rd night free.
  • Gobblin’ Good Times, Every weekend in November – Come hang out with Yogi Bear™ in “Novembear” and enjoy some Awesome Fall weather at North Texas Jellystone Park™. Enter the Fall Fling contest, or try out your artistic hand with one of our many craft items in the Craft Shack. Come to the big fire pit and enjoy some fireside s’mores. Or, a game of Turkey Trot candy bingo could satisfy your sweet tooth. Either way, you’re bound to have a “Gobblin’ Good Time” with Yogi Bear™ and Friends. Activities are going on Fridays through Sundays.  Activities Department closed Thanksgiving Day.
  • Decembear to Remembear, Nov. 28-30 – See website for details.

Canyon Lake, TX

  • Veterans Day Special, Nov. 7 – 9 – A sincere thank you to all who have served.  Please call 830-256-0088 to reserve our Veterans Day Special. Veterans and active military, pay for two nights, get one night back as camp credit for a future stay upon arrival with valid ID!Veterans, please bring a picture to share on our bulletin board. Thank you for your service! Hey rides, crafts, Scavenger Hunt Laser Tag, Rocket Launch, Family Movie, Night Laser Tag, Glowstick Hey Ride.
  • Thanksgiving Week, November 26 – 30 – It’s our 8th annual Turkey Day!  Come have some fun at our park-wide potluck.  Yogi Bear™ provides the turkeys (21 last year) and everyone brings 2 sides. We’ll have great fun, give-aways, and door prizes.  The rest of the weekend is filled with fun and activities, with Santa making his first appearance on Saturday.  Start a new tradition!  We are also collecting canned food for the local food bank and diapers for Options for Women New Braunfels.

Fredericksburg, TX

  • Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Help us honor veterans this weekend with red, white and blue activities. Enjoy cookies for our veterans, wagon ride, Capture the Flag, Bonfire and Bedtime Story with Cindy Bear™, Family Movie, Military Scavenger Hunt and more.
  • Hibernate the Bears, Nov. 14-16 – Family movie, Family Trivia, Jumping Pillow games, bonfire, storytelling and s’mores with Yogi Bear, ™ say goodbye to the bears.
  • Renaissance Weekend, Nov. 21-23 – Family movie, crafts, Renaissance style costume contest for knights and fair maidens, Capture the Flag, bonfire and storytelling.
  • Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 27-30 – We will be having a potluck dinner, we provide the turkey and we ask the campers to bring 2 sides or a side and a dessert! We have lots of games, crafts and other fun activities planned. Book earlier to avoid the waiting list!

Waller, TX

  • Thanksgiving Weekend – Nov. 27-30

VIRGINIA

Gloucester Point, VA

  • Early Thanksgiving – Nov. 7-9 – Arts and crafts, Thanksgiving feast, Jumping Pillow games, family movies.
  • Hibernation Celebration – Nov. 14-16 – Help put the bears to sleep for the winter with lots of games, crafts and movies.

Luray, VA

  • Pajama Party Weekend – Nov. 8 – There is a chill in the air here at Jellystone Park™ and it’s time to put Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ to bed. It’s been a busy and fun filled year, so now it’s time to relax with a bedtime story and snooze the winter days away. Help us say goodnight to the Bears for another winter!

Natural Bridge, VA

  • Early Thanksgiving and Hibernation Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ are thankful for a fun season, but it’s time for their long winter’s nap! Celebrate with us for our 12th annual Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll supply the turkey, gravy, stuffing, salad and rolls. We ask that our guests bring either a side dish or dessert to our Thanksgiving feast. Join us after dinner for our last Bingo of the 2014 season!

Crisp leaves crunch under eager feet; a spooky howl echoes just beneath the wind; eerie shadows lurk just beyond your view at twilight. Halloween is officially here, and ghosts and ghouls of all ages are celebrating. If you’re a frequent Jellystone Park™ guest, you know Halloween just might be our favorite holiday of the year, a

nd our parks pull out all the scary stops to offer a camping weekend that will become a family legend. If you’ve never visited us during this special season, don’t let another year go by! There’s still plenty of time to get in on the frightful fun, with many of our campgrounds offering Halloween Weekends through the rest of the month. A spooky sample:

 

Kansas City/Lawrence, KS

Throughout the entire month of October, bring your little monsters to Kansas City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort! The Haunted Barn is open 8-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October, and the park’s famous Corn Maze opens at 6 p.m. The whole family will love glow hay rides, Halloween arts and crafts, a Halloween dance (don’t forget your costume), face painting, contests for Best Costume, Best-Decorated Campsite, and more.

 

Mammoth Caves/Cave City, KY

Yogi Bear™ & Boo Boo™ Halloween Weekends

The Haunted Forest opens its gates every weekend in October (through November 2) with more new attractions than ever. Each cabin/campsite will get two free admission passes to the Forest. Halloween campers are known for competitive decorating, outdoor cooking and having a good time. Arts and crafts, color your Yogi Bear™ Halloween tote bag for candy collecting ($),plus trick or treating on Saturdays! Pumpkin carving, costume, and site/cabin decorating contests with prizes to the winners.

 

Lancaster South/Quarryville, PA

Halloween Weekends throughout October

Crafts, pumpkin carving competitions, a costume contest and daytime “Trick-or-Treating” around the park. Non-scary hayride at 4 p.m.; Haunted Hayride after dark. Monster Mash Dance Party on Saturday nights and site decorating contest. Book 2 weekends in a row and get the onsite storage at no charge! Add a 3rd night – $25 for campers and 1/2 price for the 3rd night in cabins. Available for all Halloween weekends!

 

Columbia/Swansea, SC

Halloween Spooktacular Weekends in October

Haunted hey ride – kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, pumpkin painting, costume contests, trick or treating, Halloween Haunt in the recreation center, site decorating contest.

 

Emporia, VA

October 24-25

Join us on Friday for a wagon ride with Yogi Bear™ followed by a campfire of smore’s and ghost stories. Saturday: Crafts, games, trick or treating, costume contest, HAUNTED HAYRIDE!! Decorate your site, prizes will be awarded!

You’ll find our state-by-state list of Halloween happenings here.

The grand prize winner of our WinaColemanCamper.com giveaway was recently presented with a brand new Coleman Camper at the Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Elmer, NJ. Congratulations Bob Wilson from Hammonton, NJ!

Earlier this year, camping and RV enthusiasts could enter the “Jellystone Park™ -RV Trader -Coleman Camper RV Giveaway” by registering online at WinaColemanCamper.com. During the 12 week contest, one winner was randomly chosen each week to win a two-night stay at any Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

Then, from over 68,000 total entries submitted, one winner was randomly selected from New Jersey as the Grand Prize winner!

The Coleman Automotive Tent Camper is valued at $10,000. It allows many of you who are sleeping in tents to take one step up and get off the ground. The unit can be pulled by a small car or SUV, so you don’t even need a truck to tow it.

A special thank you to our partners who worked with us to spread the word about the giveaway:

These partners include:

  • RVTrader.com – the largest classifieds site for RVs on the web with over 110,000 RV’s for sale,

Coleman Campers by Livin’ Lite – a manufacturer of lightweight campers and other recreational vehicles, who also generously donated the RV to our winner.

With Yogi Bear™ and his friends in hibernation, winter visitors to year-round Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts will find a more adult crowd for socializing. Two parks recently announced that they are creating a host of new programs focusing on snowbirds and other winter guests who will be traveling without children.

At the 170-site Tabor City, North Carolina, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort, Assistant Manager Rebecca Murphy says a new activities schedule will be introduced after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our winter activities include crafting and knitting classes as well as bingo games and potlucks,” Rebecca explains. “We are developing golf outings and well as museum and art gallery tours for our winter visitors. Additional winter activities will include senior fitness classes, horseshoes, bag toss, ladies lunch outings, trivia games and holiday socials.”

And at the North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Burleson, the staff aims to please their “Winter Texans” with adult-oriented activities like live country music performances. “Winter Texans” are, of course, visitors who are hoping to avoid hibernating in the frozen north.

“We’re shifting gears,” says Park Manager Steve Stafford. “We’re developing a growing array of activities and special events to keep our Winter Texans and other winter visitors entertained.”New for the 2014-2015 winter season will be live country music performances on Nov. 7-8 and 14-15, and Christmas parties on Dec. 18-19 with food, live music and hay rides through Christmas lights in the park.

Steve’s team is also organizing a murder mystery weekend and a Civil War re-enactment weekend, as well as a craft beer weekend and chili and steak cook-off weekends.

Find out more at each park’s websites: www.northtexasjellystone.com and www.taborcityjellystone.com.

Are you one of those lucky folks who get to flee the frozen north every winter and spend the coldest months of the year staying warm in the South? With scenic, full-service parks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts offer snowbirds the perfect winter getaway. You’ll find new friends, lots of amenities and deeply discounted off-season prices. Our parks offer:

  • Highly-rated campgrounds
  • Clean comfort stations
  • Well-maintained grounds
  • Activity centers
  • Convenience stores
  • Large pull-thru sites
  • Concrete pads
  • Nearby attractions
  • Laundry facilities

As you get ready for your winter migration, see if one these parks might be your seasonal home.

 

Elberta, AL – Fall in love with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast at our Elberta park, only 20 minutes from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and five miles from Pensacola – in fact, it’s one of only a few RV parks in the Pensacola area.  With 43 full-service campsites, free WiFi, a clubhouse and a fully-stocked fishing pond onsite, the Elberta Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is perfect for a winter stay.

 

Madison, FL – This 125-acre North Florida park with its own lake and sandy beach is close to Florida and South Georgia attractions. Its all-natural setting and perfect weather make a quiet, peaceful winter getaway. A pet park, catch-and-release fishing, pools, camp store and snack shop offer plenty to do onsite. Enjoy old-Florida charm and salty breezes in a laid-back atmosphere.

 

Bremen/Atlanta area, GA – Less than an hour west of the bright lights of Atlanta, our Georgia campground offers a country getaway with easy proximity to city entertainment. This award-winning park features full hookup RV sites in a lovely, relaxing setting.

 

Robert, LA (New Orleans area) - Located within easy driving distance of the Big Easy, Baton Rouge, and the Gulf Coast the Robert Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort offers two fishing lakes, golf cart rental and storage, free WiFi, a convenience store and more.

 

Horn Lake, MS/Memphis – Just five minutes from the home of the King, this northern Mississippi park was built in 2007 and offers all the modern conveniences you would expect. It’s the perfect base for exploring Graceland, sampling barbecue, checking out the Beale Street blues scene, and enjoying all the peanut butter and banana sandwiches you can eat. The park is also close to nine Mississippi major casino resorts. All RV sites are full hookup, and the park offers cable TV, free WiFi, and propane.

 

Pelahatchie, MS – Located east of Jackson, MS, this award-winning park is situated on the peaceful 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake. Lakefront, off-lake and premium RV sites are available, all full hookup with free WiFi. A camp store is onsite for last-minute needs, and the lake is fully stocked for fishing in the cool winter air. A 24-laundromat is also available.

 

Cherokee, NC - Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains, this beautiful park is a peaceful getaway with amazing scenic views. Raven Fork River runs the length of the park, and many sites offer a river view; trout streams are also on property. Fire rings and picnic tables come with many RV sites as well. Three bathhouses, a park store, 24-hour laundry room and craft center are onsite. If exploring the area around the Smoky Mountains is your goal, this is your park.

 

Tabor City, NC – Not far from the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, the Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort boasts numerous awards and offers a welcoming home for the season. Perfect for the nature lover, fishing and hiking opportunities abound. Tabor City offers 125 RV sites, all with a fire ring, picnic table, 20/30/50 amp service, cable TV, WiFi, and water/sewer. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach during the uncrowded winter months and get to know the friendly staff at this beautiful park.

 

Columbia/Swansea, SC – Find plenty of Southern hospitality on this park’s 43 acres of rolling South Carolina farmland. The accents are sweet and the tea is sweeter!  Catch bass, sunfish, and bream

 

in four fully stocked fishing ponds, and walk the park’s nature trails winding down to the North Edisto River. This pet-friendly campground is found less than half an hour from Columbia, SC and less than an hour from the legendary links of Augusta, GA.

 

North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth area) – They say everything is bigger in Texas, and with 248 full hookup RV sites, this park just might prove it. Enjoy all the big city attractions of Dallas/Ft. Worth while soaking up the relaxing country atmosphere at North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

 

Canyon Lake/San Antonio, TX – Located in breathtaking Texas Hill Country, a half mile from the Guadalupe River and 2 miles from Canyon Lake, the area around our Canyon Lake park offers plenty to do, such as floating and fishing the Guadalupe River, onsite fishing, boating, sailing, or scuba diving; biking trails, hiking trails, Schlitterbahn, and Natural Bridge Caverns. New Braunfels is just 15 minutes away, and San Antonio is a 35-mile drive. The legendary music scene of Austin is less than an hour away, making this a perfect base for exploring all that this area of the Lone Star State has to offer.

 

Texas Wine Country/Fredericksburg – Just outside historic Fredericksburg and in the heart of Texas Wine Country, this beautiful park offers an upscale retreat – even the bathhouse has granite tops! Oversize RV sites offer a variety of views and are pet-friendly. Enjoy wine country tours and tastings, explore nearby art galleries, and sample a long list of award-winning restaurants during your stay.

 

Tyler, TX - Located on 47 acres in the rolling hills of the East Texas Piney Woods north of Tyler, Whispering Pines is one of the most beautiful parks in the South. With 130 full-hookup RV sites, there’s lots of opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the wide-open spaces and clear starry skies of East Texas. Two saltwater swimming pools (one for adults only), a catch-and-release fishing pond, a convenience and gift store, golf cart rentals and more make the award-winning Tyler Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort a great choice.

 

Waller/Houston area, TX – Explore Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast from the Lone Star Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Waller, 35 miles northwest of the city. A stocked fishing lake, scenic lakeview sites, beautiful landscaping, a park store and more make Waller a quiet, relaxing getaway.

 

Wichita Falls, TX (north of Dallas) – One of Jellystone Park’s newest additions, this park offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience! Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Coyote Ranch is host to 123 beautiful RV sites (73 pull thru and 50 back in.) A 90-acre fishing pond, wedding chapel, event site complete with catering, two pavilions, two swimming pools, golf cart rentals and free DirecTV are just a few of the things that make this park unique. A dog run is onsite – and you can even book spa treatments at Coyote Ranch. Golf, shopping, top-notch dining, museums and much, much more are nearby.

 

Kids of all ages love Halloween – and our parks are famous for creating the spookiest, most scare-iffic Halloween celebrations of all. Many campgrounds offer several weekends of chills and thrills, with at least one reserved for little ones who prefer their Halloween light on the fright. Whether your crew is up for a haunted hayride or a super scary stroll through the forest; magic pumpkin patches or trick-or-treat; costume parades or contests; or a frightfully fun Monster Mash party, our parks are ready to celebrate. But a word to the wise – Halloween festivities book quickly, so make your plans now!

 

Pike National Forest/Larkspur, CO 

Sep 26-28, Oct 3-5, Oct 10-12, Oct 17-19, Oct 24-26, Oct 31-Nov 2

Halloween Weekends – Trick or treating, costume contests, and more. Visit the Colorado pumpkin patch while you’re here!

Delaware Beaches/Lincoln, DE

  • Oct. 10-12 – Pumpkin Patch Weekend – Pumpkin toss, pumpkin dash, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin patch hayride and DJ dance.
  • Oct. 17-19 – Halloween Weekend – Bring your costumes, trick or treat candy, site-decorating goodies, decorate pumpkins, pumpkin judging, mummy decorating contest.
  • Oct. 24-26 – Halloween Weekend – Campfires, trick or treat with Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™, silly movies, Sandy Candy art, pumpkin decorating, costume judging, hayrides and a marshmallow roast.
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 2- Hibernating with Yogi Bear™ – Join us for trick or treating on Halloween and help wear out Yogi Bear™ for hibernation with lots of fun activities.

Indianapolis Area/Knightstown, IN

  • Sept. 26-28 – Little Goblins – Non-scary weekend for the little ones! Visit the pumpkin patch where registered children 12 and under will receive a free pumpkin. Participate in pumpkin decorating, treats in the haystack, a costume parade, and trick or treating with Yogi Bear™ and a Saturday night dance.
  • Oct. 3-5 – Great Pumpkin – Ride the Pumpkin Express to the pumpkin patch where kids 12 and under receive a free pumpkin. Do pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, and enjoy trick or treating.
  • Oct. 10-12 – Ghosts & Goblins (The Legend of
    Clayton Dillon) – After the Legend is told will you still want to walk around the campground? Will you go to the haunted R.V.? Join in trick or treating at the campsites, a costume parade, arts and crafts, and games.
  • Oct. 17-19 – Headless Horseman – The Headless Horseman rides again at Jellystone Park™. There will be trick or treating at the campsites, costume parade, and other creepy things to try.
  • Oct. 24-26 – Scarecrows & Spooks – This is the biggest, scariest weekend of all! Wagon rides, trick or treating, arts and crafts, a costume dance, and more. Ask to join in a scary scene for the haunted trail. Decorate your campsite to win a voucher towards camping.

Skowhegan Area, Maine

Oct 10-12 – Scary Halloween

Costume contests for kids and adults, trick-or-treating, sitedecorating contest, haunted hayride and Halloween party. Lots of games and crafts too!

Canyon Lake, TX

Oct. 3-5, Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Fall Festival Weekends and Boo Boo™ Boo! Weekends

Magic Pumpkin Patch, camper-treating, our non-scary costume contests, treat bag and pumpkin decorating, mini-carnival and best decorated site contest. Enjoy this “beary” special weekend with the family!

Check out our state-by-state list of Halloween happenings here

Winter is coming (and it’s probably only a matter of weeks before people tire of advertisements and gimmicks using George R.R. Martin’s famous tagline). That does not necessarily mean that it is time to pack up your camping gear for the year and call it quits. Camping in the winter months can offer unique opportunities that you will be unable to replicate any other time of year. Here are just a few.

True Solitude

Family camping is a great retreat and break from the daily grind at any time of the year. Whether you choose cabin camping, RV camping, tent camping, or yurt camping, all kinds of camping teach children about nature and help them foster a greater respect for it, too. Camping in the winter months can provide an experience unlike any other. Americans and their families do not have to worry about other campers as much in winter. Campgrounds are quieter, more peaceful, and — because there are fewer people camping — rates are much cheaper in the winter months.

Enjoy The Outdoors, Without The Mosquitoes And Bugs

Even if you choose cabin camping, everyone knows that cooking over the campfire is a must. It can be a lot of fun for children, too, as long as a responsible adult is around to watch them! In the winter, you don’t have to worry about bugs. You don’t have to worry about bears. With bugs and animals as less of a concern (or even a completely obsolete concern), it may be the perfect time to camp with children.

You Might Learn Something New

Winter is the perfect time to work on new skills. Learn to snowshoe. Pick up cross country skiing. Even learn a thing or two about the stars, which you are likely to see — given the general lack of people and leafless trees.

Winter can be the best time for camping. Go on a one-of-a-kind retreat with the family. Enjoy the outdoors without the bugs, and seize the opportunity to pick up new, winter-specific activities.

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