All About Camping

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Planning a Camping Trip

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The Benefits of Choosing a Camping Vacation

If you are planning your next family vacation, consider cabin camping or RV camping. In the United States, there are 113,000 federally owned campgrounds and 166,000 camping facilities in state parks. Ohio state campgrounds offer cabin facilities, tent camping areas, and secured locations for RVs. Even luxury facilities can be found, so that people do not need to totally rough it while on vacation.

Camping can be the most inexpensive option for families who want to spend quality time together away from the home. In fact, 40 million people in 2010 thought that RV camping was a great option for them. Camping not only supplies a unique experience, but it provides many great benefits.

1. Camping supplies clean air. When campers visit Ohio State campgrounds, they are surrounding by wilderness. The trees and plants that surround the campsite provide abundant amounts of oxygen. Increased oxygen helps to enhance brain function and increase the breakdown of essential nutrients in the body. The result of breathing fresh air can be seen as the brain becomes more active and energy starts to increase.

2. Visiting RV parks can stimulate the brain and increase the strength of neural pathways. This occurs when people take part in new activities. The experiences provide new information to the brain to increase activity substantially. About 74% of all people take part in new and exciting activities when they go camping. This means that the majority of people who camp are feeding their brains and learning new things.

3. By visiting Ohio State campgrounds, people can experience better sleep. Days full of hikes, nature exploration, and water sports leave the body tired at night. The increase in activity drains the body of energy to make it easier to fall asleep. Also, distractions like televisions, phone calls and internet usage are reduced when RV campgrounds are a part of a vacation. Improved sleep provides better concentration, increased appearance of the skin, and better digestion. Also, by sleeping seven to nine hours a night, people feel more awake during the day so they can continue to experience the adventures of the outdoor wilderness.

Things to Consider When Going Camping

Camping is great a recreational activity for anyone who enjoys spending time in the outdoors. Camping has a history dating back to the late 1800s. The first campground, called Cunningham’s camp, was established in 1894. Thomas Holding is considered the father of recreational camping, and Holding spent most of his youth and his adult years enjoying the outdoors and touring both the United States and Ireland.

Camping is as popular today as it was in the early days, and in some ways it is even more attractive than it used to be. In fact, three million more people went camping in 2012 than in 2011.
The typical camper travels almost 200 miles and engages in five or more camping trips a year. There are many things that you should consider before going camping in Ohio. Read through the tips below and make sure you are prepared for your outdoor adventure.

1. Camping in Ohio does not mean that you have to rough it in a tent, unless you want to, that is! You have a variety of camper, cabin, and other luxury options open to you to make your camping trip as enjoyable as possible.
Consider RV camping at RV parks with a rental if you want luxury and all the amenities of home. Our cabins also provide comfort with running water, electricity, and a spacious area for you to spend your time. When you rent a cabin or an RV you don’t have to worry about bringing items that you would if you were staying in a tent.

2. Think about how to respect your outdoor environment when you go family camping. You do not want to contaminate the wilderness or leave refuse behind. Purchase biodegradable soaps to keep the water within the campground clean, and bring trash bags to store all food and garbage wastes in. Do not leave the waste at the campground.

3. Family camping is great for kids and it will give them a chance to experience something new! The outdoor wilderness brings a wide variety of sounds and sensations that may be frightening to children. Set up a tent outdoors with your kids and explain how crickets, birds, and other animals make noises in the evening. Make sure to bring flashlights, both for security and to provide a fun atmosphere.

4. Camping in Ohio is an adventure. This means you should look for new experiences to make the most of your camping trip. Consider mountain hikes, canoe adventures, and wilderness exploration.

Useful Camping Tips and Places You Can Go

Camping is a time honored American tradition. Approximately 40 million people go camping each year. Let’s explore where you and your family can go camping?

Why You Might Like Camping in Colorado

It’s no surprise that many people end up heading to Colorado for great camping and hiking adventures. It’s the only state that is 100% above 3,000 feet, and it has the mountains, peaks and amazing views to show for it, every season of the year. Colorado is a good choice for hunting, boating, and fishing.

Why New York Camping isn’t Just a Big Apple

Why go camping in New York? Believe it or not, the city only comprises a very small section of the state, many areas of which are forested and great for summer or fall camping. New York also has many spots for RV campgrounds, making it an appealing choice for families who don’t plan on roughing it in a tent. New York has many rivers, streams and lakes that help make for great camping sites.

The Appeal of Camping in Ohio

Camping in Ohio can be fun year-round, and there are almost 50 different campgrounds available in the state. For horse lovers, Ohio even has many equestrian camping sites, where visitors can enjoy locations next to bridle trails as well as normal camping conveniences, such as drinking water and picnic tables.

Three Useful Camping Tips No Matter Where You Are

    • Have a plan in place for dealing with food and trash storage, which can attract unwanted animals if you’re not careful. Most animals can break through simple closed bags. In areas where bears are native, never keep food or waste near you while you are sleeping.
  • Teach kids the camping “rule of three,” where you only pick up a living thing for three seconds, take three steps, and show it to three people. This not only helps preserve ecosystems, but teaches kids a valuable lesson about respecting the natural environment around them.
    • Get ingredients for fun campfire snacks before you go. To make “squirrel tails,” bring a can of biscuits, butter, and a sugar/cinnamon mixture. Wind the biscuit around a stick (like a tail) and cook it in the fire. Then, dunk it in butter, and dip it in the sugar for a delicious treat.

    Have you gone camping in Ohio, or anywhere else? Let us know in the comments.

Going Camping With Your Family? A Few Tips Worth Knowing

Did you know that, much like cats, raccoon purr when they feel safe and content? Hopefully if you go camping, you won’t necessarily be finding out whether this fact is true or not. Camping, it can be said, is one of the great American pastimes, and about 40 million people in the U.S. choose to go camping each year. Not only can it be a great way to relax with friends and family, but it’s also a fairly affordable vacation option. If you are thinking of going camping this year? Here are several facts you should keep in mind.

    • Never, or rarely, been camping before? No problem. There are, however, some lessons you’d probably rather not learn the hard way. One lesson is to always properly secure your trash — and do so away from where you’re sleeping so that if animals do come, they won’t be trampling through your things. The idea of raccoons purring might be cute in theory, but it’s less cute if they’re purring contentedly after raiding your s’mores stash.
    • Find recipes for fun campfire foods. Don’t just stick to hot dogs — try out something new! There are many neat, easy recipes that use tinfoil or fruit as a ‘bowl” to cook various savories and desserts. Check out “banana boats” for one yummy example.
  • Have more to start the fire than just a lighter. You won’t always be lucky enough to have very dry wood and a no-wind day, and many people find out the hard way that a box of matches and a few sticks aren’t enough to build a fire. Newspaper and lighter fluid are good to have.

Where Should You Go? You can either find a park nearby, or take this as an opportunity for a road trip and see what’s out there. Camping in Colorado comes highly rated by several camping experts who cite its beautiful mountains, and national parks.

    • If you’re in the north, try camping in Ohio. There are many campgrounds open year long.
    • RV camping is fairly popular, and an alternative to having to pitch up a tent. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent one. RV campgrounds can be a good choice, and are specifically set up to accommodate RVs.
    • Not surprisingly, our park campgrounds offers, water features, great accommodations and so much more! It helps to plan your budget, and enjoy your stay with no concerns!

Have you gone camping in Ohio or anywhere else? Let us know in the comments.

2014 Spring Camping Deals at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts


Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are Blooming with Great Deals this Spring

springThe flowers and trees are back, the grass is getting green and a warm breeze is on the air – spring has arrived! And none too soon, after this brutal winter. At Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts, this just may be our very favorite time of the year – camping season is upon us. If your family can’t wait to get outdoors, our parks offer the perfect opportunity to get out in the sun and reconnect with Mother Nature. And to help you do that, many Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are offering Spring Camping Deals: budget-saving offers good only during the early part of the season. Celebrate the end of the snow by taking us up on one of these excellent deals – but don’t delay, they are only available a short time.  Deals are subject to change. Contact the individual park for additional information.

ALL OPEN PARKS – Club Yogi™ Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between April 1 and May 15, 2014 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases. 


Elberta, AL – Snowbird Special: Like the park on Facebook, then tag their page in a status update to be eligible for our SNOWBIRD SPECIAL! Groups of two of more RVs get a 10% discount on each site rental. Offer ends April 30th. Discount applied on monthly rentals only. For more information, please call the Ranger station at 251-986-3566.


Goodfield, IL – Add any Thursday or Sunday night (excluding holiday weekends) to a weekend reservation and receive 20% off the additional night.

Pittsfield, IL – Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Pine Lakes in Pittsfield, IL  offers a Spring Fling special: camp every weekend between April 11 and May 19 for only $300! Just pick your favorite full-hookup site and leave your camper there all week long. In addition, Club Yogi™ Reward Members get double points.


Bloomington, IN – Kick off the Camping Season Package: May 2-June 2
Park your trailer and enjoy 5 weekends of camping, while leaving your trailer on the same site in between weekends, for one price.  Memorial Weekend Included!  $450 ($580 Value)

Fremont, IN- SUPER SPRING PACKAGE: April 11 – June 15 Leave your unit on site for 10 great weekends of camping! Save over $300 off regular rates & no storage fees. W/E Sites $730 to $795, W/E/S Sites $845 TO $920 OR APRIL PACKAGE – April 11 – April 27
Leave your unit on site for 3 great weekends of camping!
W/E Sites $210 to $230, W/E/S Sites $240 to $265

Knightstown/Indy, IN – Camper Appreciation Program • The more you camp with Yogi Bear™ in 2014, the less you pay. • Camp once at Knightstown Jellystone Park™ at the published rate • Camp the second time with us and receive 5% off camping fees • Third time receive 10% discount • Fourth time receive 15% discount • Fifth time receive 20% discount • Sixth and over receive a 25% discount off camping fees This program runs from April through September. The holidays will count as a camping stay, but no discount will be offered on a holiday stay. Cabins are not available for this program.


Lawrence/Kansas City, KS – Stay in the month of March, buy one night get the 2nd night 50% off RV sites. The park also offers a 5% discount when guests book online.


Hagerstown, MD – Save Gas with Spring and Fall Specials. Go green this spring and leave your rig on site from April 20 – May 18. These weekends include Music & BBQ, Who Dun It, Mother’s Celebration and Death by Chocolate, which is the weekend our Water Zone opens!  That’s four consecutive weekends of Yogi Bear™ fun to start the season. Then come back in the fall from September 5 – September 28 for four more weekends of fun, including Dog Lovers Weekend, which is the last weekend for the Water Zone. It also includes Chili Cook-Off & Football Fan Weekend, which is the last weekend for Ranger Smith™ pool, Storybook Weekend and our Pumpkin Patch Weekend – all for one low rate!  Resort fees are included in these packages.


Sturbridge, MA – March Money! Reduced Rates: Save 15% by making and paying for a reservation by March 31. Mention March Money and put cash in your pocket. Very few restrictions…this offer ends March 31. Does not apply to Holiday weekends, existing reservation or the May Days and October Days Specials. This special is non-refundable. Call 508-347-9570.


Tabor City, NC – 25% off winter rates for cabin/yurt rentals throughout March.

Cherokee, NC – Bring 2014 in with a BANG! 50% OFF
 Save up to $179/night Get 50% OFF cabin or campsite rental if you stay with us between April 1st and May 18th.Two night reservation required. Must be 21 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Excludes Holidays. Reservations are required (Must mention this special when making reservation). Offer Expires: 05/18/2014 NEW YORK North Hudson, NYAdirondacks/North Hudson, NY SPRING CABIN/RV DISCOUNT APRIL 25TH THRU MAY 15TH 50% off regular pricing. There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends or weekdays.  No other discounts apply.


Mt. Gilead/Columbus, OH – Mini Spring Seasonal Package: April 25th – June 7 $860.00 (2 adults & 2 children) 44 Glorious Days to watch the Dogwoods Bloom! Enjoy Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day! Package Includes: All utilities plus cable. 2 pumpings per week. Heated pools open May 17th. Weekend Activity Programs. Sites are limited


Quarryville, PA – April 25-May 18 Camp and Store (Spring Special): Includes 4 consecutive weekends of camping (Friday and Saturday nights) and leave your camper set up and plugged in on site between weekends. See website for rates.

Mill Run, PA – Spring and Fall Discounts before Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day Weekend. All campsites 50% off summer rates. All rental units 25% off; 2-night stay or longer required.


Sioux Falls, SD – POP (Pay One Price) in May! Pay one low price and stay all non-holiday weekends in May for only $200. This rate includes free on-site storage during the week, camping for up to four occupants, and unlimited mini-golf (no other discounts apply. Package must be paid in advance. Occupants over 4 may be added for $3 per night per person.)


Burleson, TX – 25% all lodging March 17-20. Call 817-426-5037 to receive your offer – availability is limited!


Gloucester Point,VA – The Spring Fling Camping Pass allows guests to choose two or three consecutive weekends to camp anytime between opening weekend and the weekend before Memorial Day. Stay at the park Friday and Saturday nights, leave your camper plugged into your site through the week, and return for more fun the following weekend! Special rates are offered based on how many weekends you participate. Themed weekends are in full swing and there’s so much to do! Check out the details at or call 804-642-4316.

Luray,VA- Enjoy 3-night packages throughout the month of April. Stay any three nights between April 4-6, April 11-13, April 13-17, April 20-27 or May 2-4, and receive three nights of camping, a three-day golf cart rental, and unlimited use of mini-golf, laser tag, pedal boats and jumping pillows (good for up to four guests). Reservations must be made via phone; call (800) 420–6679.

Natural Bridge,VA – Stay every weekend from March 14-May 11 for one low price and leave your trailer on your site during the week for free. Electricity must be unplugged during the week. Water/Electric/Sewer site – $545

Emporia,VA – 27th Anniversary Special, March 1-April 15 Stay any two consecutive nights for $32 per night. No other discounts apply; two-night minimum stay required; does not apply to cabin rentals.


Caledonia, WI - Book Memorial Day Weekend and add the weekend before (May 16-18) for only $55 plus tax. Also leave your camper onsite, unplugged from Sunday May 18 until Friday of memorial Day! Call for details.

Spring Packages: Arrive Friday at 4pm and leave on Sundays at 2pm. Leave your unit unplugged and unattended from Sunday 2pm- Friday at 4pm. Per person fee listed is for duration of stay and must be added to package price. Includes laser tag, mini golf, jumping pillow and more! Water amenities (2 waterslides, water playground, Water Wars, Activity Pool, Picnic Splash) are open Memorial Day weekend and are also included in per person charges! Call for details.

Spring Package: Stay May 2-18. (3 weekends). $170. Per person charges are: 2 & under:FREE; 3-64: $8 ; 65 & up $5
Spring into Memorial Day: May 2-May 26 (4 Weekends) $325. Per person charges are 2 & under: FREE; 3-64: $29 ; 65 & up $17
Super Saver Spring Package: May 2- June 8: (6 Weekends) $480. Per Person charges are: 2 & under: FREE; 3-64: $35 ; 65 & up $20






Want to Go Camping in Ohio? Try Mt. Gilead!

Camping; whether cabin camping in Ohio, RVing or camping in a tent is one of America’s favorite pastimes. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, around 50 million Americans go camping each and every year. Camping, after all is one of the most wonderful ways to connect with our nations woodlands, streams, and other natural wonders.

Mt. Gilead State Park: Paradise for Camping in Ohio
For more and more Americans, camping in Ohio’s Mt. Gilead State Park is becoming extremely popular. The parks 181 acres according to Ohio State Parks, was given to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Department in 1949. From that time on, Mt. Gilead’s beech forests, vast expanses of different wildflowers, and Whetstone Creek have been protected and maintained for all Americans to enjoy.

Here are some of the activities that you and your family can enjoy while camping nearby Ohio’s Mt Gilead park:

    • Fishing
      Mt. Gilead, according to, is home to two lakes, along with Whetstone Creek. Bluegills, bass, and others make their homes in these waters, making Mt. Gilead a perfect fishing destination for the whole family to enjoy.
    • Hiking
      Altogether, Mt. Gilead State Park has more than four miles of trails coursing throughout its woodlands. These trails, which are safe for families, take visitors through forests, open groves with beautiful, multicolored wildflowers, and the habitats of many Ohio’s wildlife species. You will enjoy exploring the area rich in nature’s beauty.

If you’ve been wondering about where to take your next family vacation, explore the different camping resorts that are in the Camp Jellystone family. We are committed to providing the very best in family camping adventure!

How to Plan a Camping Trip

While winter camping in Ohio is not for everyone, spring is right around the corner, bringing with it warm breezes and bright sunshine. This means that now is the perfect time to start planning an awesome trip camping in Ohio. Here are a few tips to help you arrange and prepare such a spring-time trip!

1. Who Are You Going With?

While you don’t really need anyone at all to go camping, some of the most fun trips are the ones we make with the people we’re closest to. Gauge your family’s interest in a camping trip, and if they’re all for it, sign them up. Ask your significant other as well if he or she is interested. A nice getaway into the woods can be the perfect romantic retreat. Don’t forget about your closest group of friends as well.

2. Find Your Campsite Online.

One of the best things about camping in Ohio is our parks! Our website can help you find the perfect campsite. This allows you to explore the different accommodations and  amenities that different parks offer. Choose a park whose settings and activities are right for your group.

3. Gather the Necessities.

It’s incredibly beneficial to just keep your camping stuff in storage tubs. This will prevent the hassle of getting things together in the future, and it keeps the current trip organized. Each person’s choice of supplies vary, but it’s generally a good idea to keep a big tub full of: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, first aid kits, lanterns, flashlights, tarps, spare batteries, matches, wet wipes, bug spray, trash bags, and cooking supplies.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer tent camping, RV camping, or cabin camping in Ohio, just so long as you get out there and experience the wide, wonderful world that our beautiful country has to offer this spring. If you have any questions about finding suitable sites or RV parks to go camping in Ohio, feel free to ask in the comments.