North Carolina Campground Wins Facility of the Year Award

May 10, 2013

The Coleman family, owners of the Jellystone Park in Tabor City, North Carolina, has been recognized with the Facility of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award is given to the Camp-Resort that has added new amenities and facilities while also showing sustained improvements on current amenities. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort group in Cincinnati, OH.

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Rick Coleman & Joey Coleman pictured front

Tabor City Jellystone Park guests enjoy 350 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, concrete pads, sparkling ponds, and hiking trails.  Tucked away on aquiet farm in Southeastern North Carolina, the campground is just a short drive away from the attractions of Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, NC. Whether you are an angler at heart, enjoy hiking, are a social butterfly who loves planned activities or you just want to relax, you will experience natural beauty like you’ve never seen before at this North Carolina campground. Guests can choose from a range of accommodations, from tent and RV sites to North Carolina cabins and even pet-friendly yurts.

First-rate amenities include free wi-fi, accommodations, and activities for the whole family.  There’s also a pool, lap pool, Yogi Bear’s Splash Zone, and Water Wars for fun in the sun; an arcade, indoor theater and amphitheater; a jungle gym playground; mini golf; gem mining; basketball and volleyball courts; and the Locomotion Ride Truck, which takes guests on a four-wheel open-air trek through muddy terrain.  Nature lovers will enjoy miles of hiking trails and fully-stocked fishing ponds at this North Carolina campground. A camp ministry team leads worship services and Bible studies, and a helpful, attentive staff will make sure the entire family enjoys their getaway.

“We are thrilled to have won the “Facility of the Year” award,” said owner Rick Coleman, who runs the North Carolina campground with his family. “Our family started this operation in honor of our dad in 1999, and over the years we have grown to love providing a fun, family-friendly destination for our amazing guests. The entire Daddy Joe’s team is outstanding and this award honors all of them.”

The Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Daddy Joe’s is located at 626 Richard Wright Road and is open year-round.  If you are camping in North Carolina, visit this award-winning campground!


Marion, NC Jellystone Park Team Earns Entrepreneur of the Year

May 4, 2013

The Garcia family, owners of Jellystone Park campground in Marion, North Carolina, have been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Camp-Resorts that show a strong growth in business over the prior year. It was presented in Cincinnati at the annual meeting of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort group.

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Lisa Garcia holding the Yogi Bear trophy.

The Garcia family purchased the park in 2007 – the culmination of a longstanding dream. “My parents both enjoyed successful hotel careers with prominent brands, including Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis. Even with free nights at these swanky hotels, we camped everywhere we went,” said owner Alex Garcia Jr., who manages the park with his dad, Alex Sr., mom Lisa and brother Chris. “It was my parents’ goal to get our family to embrace and appreciate Mother Nature.  Our family dream was to open our own campground. When we grew up and moved away, we became wrapped up in our own lives and missed our great memories together, so we started talking and decided to purchase the campground to help other families establish memories of their own.”

Garcia continued, “We made so many memories through camping and we still cherish those memories today. We work to make Jellystone Park Marion a place where families create lifetime memories of their own.”

This North Carolina campground, visited by more than 40,000 guests in 2012, is nestled at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The 64-acre park boasts 80 full hook-up RV sites; pop-up and tent sites; and cozy North Carolina cabins overlooking a five-acre lake. In warm weather, guests can enjoy paddleboats, canoes and kayaks on the water, and then relax with 18 holes of miniature golf onsite. A 300-foot waterslide, junior Olympic pool and kiddie pool help beat the summer heat, while fishing, crafts, bag toss, dances, swimming, s’more roasts, volleyball, bingo, and movies under the stars at the amphitheater ensure the entire family enjoys their stay. The park is also a great home base for exploring the North Carolina mountains, with an easy drive to Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and Linville Caverns.

Themed weekends for the 2013 season begin March 15-17 with Wake Up the Bears with a Lucky Twist weekend, a combination welcome back to Yogi Bear™ and St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Through the spring, summer and fall, there will be themed activities every weekend. Examples include Junior Ranger Weekend, when kids can learn about conservation and preserving our environment; Surfin’ Safari Week; and Hollywood Superstar Week.

The Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Marion, NC is located at 1210 Deacon Drive Marion, NC and opens March 15 for the 2013 camping season.  Check them out if you are camping in North Carolina!