Calling All Ohio Campers! Is This Your First Time Going Cabin Camping?

If you were to guess how many people go camping in the United States every year, what would your guess be? A few thousand? Maybe a couple million? According to, almost 40 million Americans go camping every year. Many Americans just like the feeling of heading into the woods to live as their ancestors did, while others like to go cabin camping in Ohio to give themselves an opportunity to fish, roast s’mores over an open fire, and just relax.

Whether you’re taking your family camping or you’re looking to get away to enjoy the great outdoors with the guys, cabin camping is the best way to do it. You don’t have to set up a tent, you don’t have to worry about the elements, and you don’t have to sleep on the ground. Even so, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a fun, fulfilling trip.

How to Prepare for Cabin Camping in Ohio or Elsewhere

Know What’s Included in Your Ohio Cabins Reservation

      The best campgrounds in Ohio, like those in Mt. Gilead, offer cabins with a queen sized bed, two twin-style bunk beds, and a full-sized convertible futon, meaning you can fit your whole family without a fuss. On the other hand, many low-end cabin rentals services give you only the bare basics.
      One thing to consider before heading off for cabin camping in Ohio is to ask about the included accommodations and amenities.  Many cabins offer full electric, including heat, television, and more. However, a huge number of campers prefer the more rustic camping experience that comes with having to split their own wood and light their own fires. Call the campground ahead of time to find out what it is equipped with.
        Remember, no matter how you camp, you will always have a great time camping with friends at


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Facts About Camping!

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Award Winning Camping In Texas near Fort Worth

Next time you are camping in Texas, visit North Texas Jellystone Park™ Burleson and tell General Manager Steve Stafford congratulations – he’s been named Operator of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The Operator of the Year Award is presented to the person or people directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Camp-Resort. It represents excellence in management, improved inspection ratings, and growth in business. In other words, Steve is tops in our book!

Stafford Named Operator of Year at Award Winning Texas Campground

Ranger Steve and one of his staff at an event – now you see why he’s awesome!

Here’s Ranger Steve and one of his staff at an event – now you see why he’s awesome!   Located 15 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 40 minutes west of Dallas, the year-round Texas campground has 37 custom-built luxury cottages (25 of which have a two-person spa and fireplace) and 248 RV sites with full hookups, 50 amp, and cable connection. Amenities include two family pools, a kiddie pool, playground, four meeting facilities, and more. Families will also love the laser tag field, candy bar bingo, hayrides, visits from Yogi Bear™ and fire truck rides.The park’s Pirates Cove Wet & Dry Fun Park is located next door to the resort and offers seven waterslides, multi-platform play area, inflatables, arcade games and more. Add themed weekends throughout the summer, and it’s a perfect getaway.

North Texas Jellystone Park™ is known for its innovative features . You’ll find the Lost Maze to be a fun challenge for parents and kids to navigate together, while the improved Crafts & Activity Room offers opportunities to indulge your creative side through candle-making, woodcrafts and more. The Inflatable Corral is a Texas-style “bouncy” park sure to wear any kid out; woodlands walking and biking trails are perfect for strolls or family rides. And this past summer saw the opening of a Tropical Sno Cone stand at the park’s Ranch Pool. If that’s not enough to keep your brood busy – all we can say is, Paintball is coming very soon.   The North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is located at 2301 S. Burleson Blvd. in Burleson, TX and is open year-round.  Find more information and reservations visit or call 800.855.9091. Don’t forget to tell Steve and his team they’re doing a great job!

New Jellystone Park Great for Family Camping in Michigan

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Camping in Michigan just got better with the addition of South Haven Family Campground to the Jellystone Park family.  Located in South Haven, just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, this campground is a perfect home base for exploring the area’s many attractions. From swimming and sunning on the lake’s sandy shores to taking a catamaran or dinner cruise (or bring your own boat – there are plenty of launches just minutes from the campground.) If it’s not lake season, check out the area’s scenic hiking trails, U-pick farms, wineries and cider mills.

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Spooktacular Weekends for Camping in Michigan

But perhaps the best part of the new South Haven Jellystone Park is that you never have to leave the park at all. Full of features you expect and love, this campground offers a beach-entry pool, gem mining, a jumping pillow, playgrounds and of course our famous themed weekend activities. If you’re in the area this month, check out their Halloween Spooktacular.

Family Camping in Michigan – Choose from tent campsites, RV campsites or Vacation Rentals

While the campground offers tent and RV sites for camping in Michigan, they also have plenty of vacation rentals available. From a one-room cabin to cottages with private baths and even a hot tub, you can enjoy all the fun without a tent or a rig. Or check out their poolside campsites, where the pool is just a few feet from your camper.The South Haven Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is at 03403 64th Street in South Haven, MI. To check it out or make a reservation, visit or call 269-637-6153. We’re looking forward to seeing your family there!

Groups at Jellystone Park Amboy Illinois Campground Raise Over $30,000

amboy illinois campground fundraising

Throughout the course of the 2013 camping season, various fundraising groups at Jellystone Park Amboy, Illinois campground have donated almost $30,000 to worthy charities including Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Camp Sunshine and various food pantries.

“Our campers are amazing people,” said Holli Rapp, Recreation & Special Events Manager at the northern Illinois campground. “They are very supportive of our activities and their events have become staple events to our activity schedule.”

amboy illinois campground fundraisingLeading the way is $20,000 that will be donated to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society in the name of the Jellystone Park Joggers team in Lee County. The group, including annual and weekend campers along with the support of the Camp-Resort, held various fundraisers including a silent auction, bake sales, pancake and sausage breakfast, ducks for Dads (rubber ducky) races, and various raffles.

An annual camping family, Lisa and Ken Koenen’s March of Dimes team held various activities the weekend of August 9-11 that raised over $2000. The campground also donated $225 to the team with the proceeds of their second annual Ms. Jellystone Park contest held on Father’s Day Weekend. Camp Sunshine and local food pantries have also benefited from campground wide garage sales held on major holiday weekends where guests pay a fee to be listed in the Garage Sale Listing.  Another worthy charity, Give Kids the World, received $1525 from the Kids Carnival proceeds.

Ontario Camping at Niagara Falls Jellystone Park

Ranger Smith and Yogi Bear at Jellystone Park Niagara Falls Ontario Camping

If you’re looking for a unique Ontario camping experience for your kids, check out the Niagara Falls Jellystone Park summer camp. featured an article – “Spend Summer with the Bears” – about the new camps.

From  Contrary to popular belief, Yogi Bear™ doesn’t spend all of his days devising ways to steal picnic baskets.

Ranger Smith and Yogi Bear at Jellystone Park Niagara Falls Ontario CampingThis summer, at Jellystone Park in Niagara Falls he’ll have a much more constructive way to spend his time:  entertaining kids in the campground’s new summer camp.

Running in weekly blocks, each with its own theme, the camp is meant to give Niagara youth a fun introduction to camp life while giving their parents a break. Campground co-owner Jim Amadio said with all of the amenities already in place, it was really just a matter of setting it up.

“We have everything needed, a full-time recreation staff, the playground and a pool,” he said. “We’d just never done it before.”

Recreation program leader Emma Christie led the charge in terms of camp development, planning out the full schedule of daily activities including sports, crafts, activities and a daily visit from Yogi Bear or one of his pals, Boo Boo™ and Ranger Smith.™

“It’s really an extension of what we’re already doing in the park anyway,” Christie explained, noting they already run programs for young campers vacationing with their families.

The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with extended care hours available starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

Different themes include superheroes, survivor, ooey gooey, zoofari and more. In addition to activities in the pool and playground, there will also be wagon rides, crafts and games. Amadio noted each camper gets a take-home Jellystone Park T-shirt signed by their new friends.

Christie said in addition to getting kids out of the house for a bit, the program also gives them a unique one-of-a-kind experience.

“We have campers stay here from all over the world, they’ll get to make new friends and play with children from other countries,” she said.

The Yogi Bear Day Camp costs $150 per week, plus tax with discounts available for siblings and multiple week bookings. Jellystone Park Niagara is located at 8676 Oakwood Dr. in Niagara Falls. For more information call Christie at 905-354-1432, email or visit

Try Camping in Texas For an Affordable Family Vacation

Texas Camping Vacation Rental

Families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have several options for an affordable staycation, according to an article in the Keene Star.  “Vacation to nearby places, staycations save money” by Paul Gnadt names camping in Texas as one idea.  According to Gnadt, “About five years ago, as rising gas prices and a uncertain economy forced families to think about nearby destinations when making plans for vacation, a new word was created: Staycation. For many families, a vacation close to home makes sense economically. With about seven weeks remaining until school starts, here are some ideas for a family staycation.”

Nestled in the pristine countryside of Burleson is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park North Texas. The camping resort is a fun-filled smorgasbord of accommodations and activities and winner of the 2010 Best Accommodations Award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners. Next to the campground is Pirates Cove, a  water play park that opened in 2012, and a large video game arcade. Both are open to the public every day.

Texas Camping Vacation Rental

Luxurious Camping in Texas

The 69-acre park has full service RV and tent sites, 37 cottages, two large pools, and four recreation halls. Each cottage is rustic-upscale, with unique handmade pine and oil-rubbed bronze furnishings from Mexico and East Texas. Many have two-person jacuzzis and stone fireplaces.

Owner and operators Ronnie and Ginger Bowyer, and manager Steve Stafford share a vision of family entertainment that continues to grow. “Currently, RV campers can choose from back-in sites, landscaped upgrades with rosebushes, flowers and greenery, or V-pod lots that provide a large shared yard for traveling groups,” Bowyer said. “Cottage choices include The Wagon Wheel Circle, where several cabins share a backyard patio, tree swing and grilling area that’s ideal for groups. Other options are private cabins and connecting room suites.”

Visitors can rent golf carts for zipping around the grounds, which are sprinkled with well-placed sculptures of horses, cattle and birds. The campground is animal friendly and has a pet park and pet island for walking furry members of the family. The Ranch house is connected to the main office and the hub for planned children’s activities. Each week, a set of themed activities such as candle making, picnic lunches with Yogi Bear, candybar bingo, ceramic painting and movie and karaoke nights. Yogi is on site daily to greet campers, pose for photos and take part in events. The park is located 2301 South I- 35W. For information call 817-426-5037.

See the full article here.

“Death by Chocolate” Weekends at Jellystone Campgrounds

death by chocolate at Jellystone campgrounds

Jellystone Park campgrounds are known for family fun and at our “Death by Chocolate” weekends, you’ll find a messy good time. Campers can participate in a variety of chocolate activities including pudding wresting, chocolate slip-n-slide, pie eating competitions and more.  Here’s a list of campgrounds with upcoming Death by Chocolate events:

death by chocolate at jellystone campgrounds

Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, June 28 – 30: Human sundae contest; chocolate pudding wrestling; hot chocolate and marshmallows tug-o-war; sweetheart dance with a DJ and chocolate fountain.Jellystone Park Gulf Shores Alabama, July 29 to Aug. 4: Enjoy homemade chocolate ice cream and create chocolate crafts.

Jellystone Park Eufaula Oklahoma, July 19 – 21: Chocolate Slip N Slide; chocolate pie eating contest; and an ice cream social.

Jellystone Park at Mammoth Cave Kentucky, July 15 – 21: Chocolate Slip N Slide; candy bar bingo; chocolate tug-o-war; wrestle in chocolate pudding; and paint with chocolate pudding.

Jellystone Park in Milton Pennsylvania., June 28 – 30: candy toss; candy jar guess game; chocolate Slip N Slide; and a hot fudge brownie ice cream social.

Owners Overcome Hurdles at New York Camping Resort

Gardiner New York Camping Resort

A love of camping-but no experience running a resort-helped these neophytes turn a rundown New York camping resort into one of the top Jellystone Parks in the country.

Story by Steve Bibler, Woodalls Campground Management

When brothers-in-law Glenn Bracklow and John Lawrence and John’s wife, Heidi (Glenn’s sister), decided in the early 1990s that they wanted to go into the outdoor hospitality business, they had two choices: start from scratch or buy an existing campground.   They chose the latter and in late summer 1991 bought a rundown campground in the Hudson River Valley near Gardiner, N.Y.

Gardiner New York Camping Resort

A former barn now serves as the campground’s office and store.

The facilities were meager, John recalled. There was a single cash register in the office and a pop machine outside. “There were a couple of hookups. The place wasn’t nice,” John says succinctly. But the site had some special features. The Wallkill River bordered the mostly level campground on the east side, thick woods covered a portion of the park and a stately barn and 40-foot silo served as a focal point to the 80-acre property.

They kept the campground open that first fall but when the season ended in October, they began to gut the barn and update the sites, running water lines and 30-amp service to 100 sites. They added an inviting covered porch to the barn – which serves as the office and campground store – thereby creating a popular gathering place for guests to sit and chat.When they reopened in May 1992 as the Lazy River Campground, they had something they could be proud of.   Today, the 170-site Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Lazy River is one of the top Leisure System Inc.’s (LSI) franchises in the country, earning multiple awards from LSI and endearing generations of campers.

The trio was all in their 30s when they bought their campground. They were neophytes in the business: Glenn was a machinist and tool & die maker, John was a homebuilder and Heidi helped in her husband’s business. But they knew they wanted to offer a campground that was neat and tidy that would attract repeat customers. The Lawrences loved to camp and wanted to share their favorite pastime with others.

After just two years in business, the owners chose to join Leisure Systems. John explained, “We thought LSI is a quality establishment and wanted to be part of it. When we were private, people tended to skip over our park. Being part of LSI takes that doubt out of their minds. Getting new people to come here for the first time became easier. Once people have been here, getting them to come back was not a problem.”

Indeed, John figures 50% to 60% of Lazy River’s campers are repeaters. The LSI affiliation helped spread the word well beyond the Hudson Valley. Not only does the campground draw much of its trade from New York and the adjoining states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, it also attracts campers from the South and points West.

Read the full story here.