Exploring the Natural World
Many Jellystone Park™ campgrounds provide camping near National Parks. Make Jellystone Park™ your home base for exploring the wonders of nature during your family vacation. Whether it’s the mountains of Colorado or the caverns of Mammoth Cave, our campgrounds offer clean and comfortable accommodations while you discover some of this continent’s greatest natural treasures.
Camping Near National Parks and State Parks
Estes Park, CO : Rocky Mountain National Park
Montrose, CO : Black Canyon National Park & Ouray Hot Springs
Cave City, KY : Mammoth Cave National Park
Missoula, MT : Glacier Park
North Hudson, NY: Adirondack Mountains
North Java, NY: Letchworth State Park
Woodridge, NY: Catskill Mountains
Cherokee, NC: Smoky Mountain National Park
Gatlinburg, TN: Smoky Mountain National Park
Luray, VA: Luray Caverns
Natural Bridge Station, VA: Natural Bridge/James River
Niagara Falls, ON: Niagara Falls
Although Jellystone Park™ campgrounds are known for family activities and entertainment, Mother Nature offers a world of natural adventure for families. From hiking to bird watching, our campgrounds provide an easy way to introduce your children to all that nature provides.
Some Jellystone Park™ campgrounds have hiking trails right on property. Take an afternoon hike and discover the trees, flowers and animals indigenous to the region. Visit our hiking page for more information, or click to our Hiking with Children page for tips to help plan a hike with little ones.
Spotting and identifying birds can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Take along a pair of binoculars and a notepad for writing down the birds you see and their characteristics. You could make a game out of searching for the state bird. Visit our birdwatching page for more ideas.
This activity has become popular with the invention of hand-held GPS devices. It’s like a modern day treasure hunt. Typically, the “treasure” is a small trinket but the real fun is in finding it. Find out more on our geocaching page.