These Campfire-Friendly Foods Will Leave Your Mouth Watering

An estimated 43 million Americans go camping each and every year, and ardent campers will venture at least 191 miles from their homes up to five times a year. The popularity of tent camping and family campgrounds raises a very important question: what’s to eat? Camping does not necessarily entail “roughing it.” Some grounds and camp sites offer all sorts of amenities for your convenience and comfort. If you have working hot water and other comforts of home, why spend the week eating cold beans from a can? There is a better; here’s how to do camping foods right.

What Is A Hobo Pie Maker?

A hobo pie maker, also called a camping press, is the perfect camping accessory. Most presses contain two sections, with room for a sandwich in each. Simply whip up your favorite sandwich, gently close the press, and hold it over the fire for a few minutes. Within no time at all, you can enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, or even some nontraditional sandwiches, like pizza sandwiches.

“Cake Or Death?” (Hint: Choose Cake!)

“When setting up camp, I keep the children quiet with a cake or two. Some cakes travel better than others; ginger cake, lemon drizzle and brownies are tried and tested,” BBC recommends. Do a little bit of research to discover your favorite cakes that will hold up relatively well, and bring a cake along to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Consider A Little Country Fried Cooking

Skillets are incredibly campfire-friendly, and there are plenty of delicious Southern recipes you can easily and convenient prepare in a skillet over the fire. Cornbread, for example, is a popular choice. Use the boxed stuff (we won’t tell!), or mix up your own with salt, cornmeal, water, and grease or butter.

Are you enjoying camp sites and the great outdoors with friends, family, and/or loved ones? Do it right. Prepare meals that will leave your mouth watering, not longing for home.

Bird Banding, Goat Feeding and Nature Activities at Jellystone Park Campgrounds

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If you want to give your family a unique, nature-based experience, Jellystone Park™ campgrounds offer a variety of activities that involve both learning and fun!

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Bird banding demonstration at Jellystone Park Pittsfield, IL

The Jellystone Park™ campground in Pittsfield Illinois hosted a bird banding demonstration the weekend of August 2, 2014. Campers learned about identifying birds and the process of banding, which is used for research and migration information. The event was led by Tony Rothering, who is a permitted Bander, and a member of local non-profit organization – Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. The Pittsfield Illinois campground, also known as Pine Lakes Jellystone Park, is planning a hummingbird exhibit in the spring.

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Campers practice archery at Jellystone Park Larkspur, CO

If you are traveling west, the Jellystone Park™ campground in Larkspur, Colorado has a Ranch Camp during the summer that promises to “hand back your kids happy, dirty, tired, and of course, better educated about nature.” Ranch Campers get to feed and care for the park’s goats and horses, do ranch chores, practice archery and more.

In their quest to get kids to unplug, the Jellystone Park™ in Marion, North Carolina introduced the Passport Program that encourages kids to experience various nature-focused activities in order to win prizes. A 1.4 mile geocache hike along a river, scavenger hunts and gem mining in a natural creek further encourage family bonding and outdoor recreation. They also added a “Nuts for Nature” woodland trail featuring owl boxes, a ropes course, tree cookie walkways, log noodles, a butterfly patch and a nature building zone.

Nuts for Nature Trail at Marion NC campground

Nuts for Nature Trail at Jellystone Park Marion, NC

Many Jellystone Park™ campgrounds include nature walks as part of their activity programs. Campers learn about trees, birds, animals and principles of Leave No Trace – a Boulder, Colorado-based non-profit organization that develops educational programs to help children and adults take better care of the environment.

Check with your favorite location to see what nature activities they have planned.

 

 

The Rising Trends & Benefits of Camping

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Rising trends 1Check out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic!

Snowbirds, Head South

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SNOWBIRDS: ENJOY RED CARPET

CAMPING AT DISCOUNTED RATES

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 RV 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 campgrounds might be your seasonal home. Check the campgrounds’ websites for special snowbird rates.

Alabama

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.

Florida

Madison, FL – This 125-acre North Florida RV 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.

 Georgia

Bremen, 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 campground features full hookup RV sites in a lovely, relaxing setting.

Louisiana

Robert, LA – 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.

Mississippi

Memphis, TN (Horn Lake, MS)– 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.

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC  – Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains, this beautiful park is a peaceful getaway with amazing scenic views. RavenFork 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.

South Carolina

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.

Texas

North Texas/Burleson, TX – 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, 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.

Fredericksburg, TX  – 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, Texas, 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, 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 Tyler a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Wichita Falls, TX  – One of Jellystone Park’s newest additions, this park offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience! Jellystone Park™ 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.

Taking Kids Camping

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Takin camping 1Check out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic on their blog!

Spend The Night On A Cliff or At The Bottom Of The Sea

More Americans — and, in these cases, especially daring ones — are relying on seasonal camping to get their thrills. True, family camping is a great option for Americans looking for a relatively inexpensive vacation, but it can be a breathtaking adventure as well. How are some daredevils taking camping to the next level?

Under The Sea

For ages, Americans have been fascinated about what lies in the depths of the sea — and now you can find out in person (and even spend the night and early morning doing it, too!). Guam campers literally sank their tents by cutting slits in the fabric and anchoring it to the bottom of the sea. Using scuba gear, they were able to set up camp hundreds of feet below the surface.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?

Some daredevils are literally taking camping to new heights — or, more specifically, camping out of the tops of mountains, peaks, and cliffs. “For years climbers have been using portaledges, a contraption made with an aluminum frame that is held up on the side of a cliff using pegs and carabiners,” The Weather Channel reports. One climber encourages others who want to try it, saying that — in most cases — you cannot even see the edge or cliff face while you are sleeping.

Can You Camp In The Rainforest? 

You sure can. That is, if you’re willing to possibly brave malaria! The Weather Channel describes some of the challenges of tent camping in the Amazon Rainforest: “Camping in the rainforest comes with its own unique set of challenges, including a wet, hot climate, hordes of insects, and the threat of diseases like malaria.” If you are heading out to the rainforest to camp, bring some anti-malaria pills to stave off illness and biodegradable soaps to avoid littering.

Forty-three million Americans camped last year. Go camping — and explore your inner daredevil — at the same time with these extreme types of seasonal camping.

Vacation Camping Trips

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Vacation campingVisit Camp Jellystone’s blog to see their new infographic.

Facts about Camping Vacations

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Facts about camping vacasTake a look at Camp Jellystone’s new infographic on their blog!

Facts about Campgrounds

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Facts about Camp GroundsCheck out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic.

Get Wet ‘n Wild with Our Waterslides, Lazy Rivers & Splash Parks!

When the temperature rises, there’s only one place to be – in the cool, clear water. While nearly every Jellystone Park™  Camp-Resort boasts a sparkling pool, 39 of our campgrounds offer some serious splash-time fun, either onsite or just next door. Here’s a list of seven parks that added to their water attractions this summer camping season – you’ll find everything from the thrill of a 400-foot waterslide to relaxing lazy rivers and toddler-friendly fountain fun. And be sure to check with your favorite Jellystone Park™  to see what they’ve got in store to keep your family cool and active.

Pittsfield, IL: This park has added new water toys for its lake, and offers a swimming pool and splashpad.

Bloomington, IN: You’ll love the brand-new $750,000 interactive water play attraction that includes water slides, water blasters and dozens of interactive water features that spray, splash and dump thousands of gallons of water, including a 30-foot tall Giant Hydro Storm that dumps 500 gallons of water. There’s also an outdoor pool, indoor pool and kid’s pool with splash feature.

Fremont, IN: Look for a $750,000 climbable water feature with a tipping bucket in late July or early August. In the meantime, cool off in three outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, a water splash playground and three giant water slides that are 42 feet high and over 300 feet long.

Mt. Gilead, OH: Zoom down the new 75-foot long tubular slide, then take a plunge on the 250-foot long waterslide. The park also has two heated swimming pools and a 6-acre lake with a floating jungle gym as well as paddle boat and kayak rentals.

Burleson, TX: The owner of this Jellystone Park™ is nearing completion of a $1 million expansion of Pirates Cove waterpark, a separate facility located next door to the campground. New attractions at Pirates Cove include a 60-foot tall kamikaze slide that provides a nearly vertical slide as well as a 60-foot tall “fast track” with six side-by-side lanes that provide a 350-foot-long slide. The park is also installing two 40-foot-tall corkscrew slides that dump into a swimming pool as well as a paintball play area and a new food court. Other new features will include a 700-foot-long lazy river with zero entry lagoons and a stage area for concerts and “dive in” movies.

Waller, TX: A new lazy river and a 565-foot family slide join the park’s 2,500-square-foot splash pad that includes various water slides, dump buckets and spray toys, an activities pool and a 350-foot Pine Tree Plunge water slide.

Wichita Falls, TX: This park, which recently joined the Jellystone Park™  system, is completing a new spray ground, set to open early July 2014.

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