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.

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Take Part in the NWF’s Great American Backyard Campout

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The team at Jellystone Parks is all for getting more kids playing outdoors, so we wanted to pass this message along from the National Wildlife Federation.

Spend the night under the stars with National Wildlife Federation and take your family’s first step into a lifetime filled with healthy, outdoor fun.

Did you know that today, 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago? Be a part of the Great American Backyard Campout and set an example for children that will get them excited about the great outdoors. Join thousands of campers on June 23 (or you can choose another day that’s convenient for you). Embrace an active, healthy outdoor lifestyle—we’ll show you how.

Improving your Kids’ Health is Rewarding for Them…….and for You!

You have the option to help support NWF’s work to connect kids with nature for their overall good health by raising money for our programs. You can set a personal or team fundraising goal, invite your friends and family to support your Campout, and earn the official Campout t-shirt. It’s easy—we’ll give you all the tips and tools you need to be successful plus the added reward of happier, healthier kids.

Visit www.backyardcampout.org for more information and to sign up.

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Toco Festival This Weekend In St. Louis

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TOCO Music Fest from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11 at Jellystone Park™ Campground near Six Flags - St. Louis.  The campground is located at 5300 Fox Creek Road Eureka, MO. Camping options range from primitive to deluxe. It features music, camping, art, food, beverage vendors, campsite decorating contest, collective arts project, kids concerts and a party zone with a variety of children’s entertainment including face painting, performances and workshops. Tickets or information: tocofestival.com or call 257-8626.

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Jellystone Park™ Gears Up For Halloween

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Labor Day weekend may mark the end of the traditional summer camping season, but for the Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds that offer Halloween-themed activities; their busiest season is just beginning.

“We’re just now getting into our busiest time of the year,” Dana Gabriel, co-owner of the Jellystone Park Campground in Swansea, S.C. , stated in a news release. She added that her park offers five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends that include carnival games as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets; campsite decorating contests; and trick or treating. Halloween-themed activities have gotten to be so popular, Gabriel said, that the park ratchets up the scariness, with “no scare” Halloween events on the last weekend of September and first weekend of October, followed by three full-on scary weekends for older children and adults that also include a haunted house, which Gabriel and her family created out of an old barn.

Most Jellystone Parks now offer Halloween-themed activities. Activities typically include campsite decorating and costume contests as well as trick or treating and, in some cases, haunted houses and spooky nighttime walks in the forest.

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Garbage Can Dinner for Camping

Looking for an easy campsite recipe that will feed a hungry group? Check out this Garbage Can Dinner from Jellystone Park Campground guest Stephanie Miller. This hearty meal is cooked over the campfire and feeds 12-18 people.
 
18 ears of corn, unhusked
5 lbs. medium potatoes, washed but uncut
5 large onions, peeled
8 lbs. sausage (any kind)
1 lb. carrots, peeled
 
Prepare a 30-gallon galvanized garbage can, including the lid, by heating over your campfire until it’s black inside and out. When cool, wash well. This process removes the galvanizing chemical, which is toxic.
 
Stand up corn in bottom of can. Top with whole potatoes, onions, carrots and then sausage. Fill with water just to cover food by an inch.
 
Arrange two concrete bricks on either side of your campfire. Set the garbage can on the bricks; cover and cook one hour. Remove can from fire and serve, using a large slotted spoon.

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Yogi Bear™ Corn Maze Now Open in Sioux Falls

For the third consecutive year, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Campground of Sioux Falls is welcoming families to get lost in seven acres of twists, turns and dead ends in the world’s only Yogi Bear Corn Maze.

Opening Friday September 2, the corn maze is located at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at the I-90 Exit 402. Admission is open to the general public and includes the corn maze with two levels of difficulty, jumping pillow, wagon rides and visits by Yogi Bear. Discounts are given to camping guests or groups of 20 or more

“Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, the maze is fun for all ages,” said Bruce Aljets, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground. “Once again, we are excited to offer folks from the tri-state region a unique, budget-conscious option for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground of Sioux Falls was named Campground of the Year in 2009 by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The campground has won a number of awards since it was founded in 1989.

For more information regarding the corn maze hours and rates, visit siouxfallscornmaze.com or call 800-638-9043.

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Club Yogi Rewards

The Devich Family won the first Bass Pro Shops® Camping Gear Package in our July Auction!

“My family’s involvement with Jellystone Park™ and Yogi Bear™ began in July 2004 when we first rented an RV for three days at Mill Run, PA. We liked it so much that we kept increasing the time we stayed and “graduated” to a cabin in 2005. Eventually our stay was built up to two weeks – which, of course, by that time everyone at Mill Run was like family. The “Devich’s” love Yogi’s Jellystone Park and have a great deal of confidence in Bass Pro Shops® and their products. They are #1 for our camping needs.”
Thank you,
~Patty Devich

 

The Plemmons Family won the second Bass Pro Shops® Camping Gear Package!

“The photo is of my family and I was actually fortunate enough to have been asked to don the coveted outfit which my children were completely unaware. It was a fantastic experience and the entire staff at the Nashville Park couldn’t have been nicer. We stayed for 3 months and felt like family during that time. During our stay we were also fortunate enough to be able to attend the grand reopening of the Bass Pro Shop® in Nashville which had been closed due to the disastrous flood that impacted the region in May of 2010. It was quite an event as they were the first business within the mall area to reopen after the flood. We visited many more times during the remainder of our stay.
Thanks again to Jellystone Park and Bass Pro Shop for an incredible time,”
~Scott Plemmons

 

Fall 2011 Double Points Bonus Offer

As a way of showing our appreciation for a great summer camping season, we are offering a Fall Bonus Offer. Add to your camping fun with a visit to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ during select dates in September and you will earn double Club Points for your stay and on qualified purchases. What a great way to celebrate all that camping has to offer and to earn FREE nights faster.

Club Yogi Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between September 6th to 29th, 2011 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases.* That’s 23 days of double Club Points earning opportunities!

Make your reservation today and take advantage of this special offer. To receive points, be sure to provide your Club Yogi Rewards membership number when making a reservation or at check-in. The points will automatically be doubled in your account 2-4 weeks after check-out.

*Qualified purchases include spending that is able to be captured in the park’s Point of Sale system.

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Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run, PA Celebrates the Opening of Their New Wetland

Recently Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, was featured in TribLIVE  News announcing their grand opening of their new splashground. See the article below.

Yogi Bear’s Wetlands to Open on Saturday
By Rachel R. Basinger, FOR THE DAILY COURIER
Friday, June 10, 2011

Every year Randy Work, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Mill Run, tries to add something new to make his patrons’ camping experiences a little more special.

This year, campers will enjoy a whole new way to stay cool.

The park will hold the grand opening of Yogi Bear’s Wetlands at the center of the park, which includes Pirates Lagoon and Hurricane Mountain, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Work said the day will include popcorn, snow cones and music; will have a Hawaiian and pirate theme; and encourages visitors to put on their grass skirts or eye patches.

“We really were trying to give it a tropical feel with palm trees and all so that campers could get that kind of atmosphere here in the north,” he said.

Tracy Czambel, operations manager, said construction of the new water park began last October, although the concept and ideas were tossed around for a couple of years.

“Randy (Work) takes a lot of pride in the park and invests a lot back into it for the enjoyment of the families,” she said.

Pirate Lagoon includes a huge fiberglass pirate ship, smaller slides and lots of water-spraying devices as well as a gigantic bucket of water at the top of a tower that empties out onto those below about every 3 to 5 minutes.

Hurricane Mountain is the site for two new tube-like fiberglass water slides, including a loop slide and a speed slide.

The construction of the new water park was completed by Emerald FX, LLC, North American Mazur, owned by Chuck DeCaro, Norwalk, Ohio. He said his company builds any kind of fiberglass construction and has worked with Cedar Point, Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World in the past.

Work said the park was opened in 1974 and is for family fun. It spans 100 acres and has 200 campsites and cabins.

Last year a new entrance and registration building was constructed as well as a new snowless snow-tubing track.

In addition, seven new cabins were recently built and 25 new campsites are under construction. The resort is also looking at building a new store and restaurant by the water park to replace the current store and restaurant at the lower end of the park.

The park and resort and all the activities offered are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $15 per day per person or $100 per person for a summer pass.

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Jellystone Park in Hagerstown, Maryland Helps to Win a Guinness World Record

Jellystone Park Campground in Hagerstown, Maryland was recently featured in an article on Herald-mail.com for their participation in setting a world record for the largest swim lesson. Take a look at the article below.

Swimming Enthusiasts Stroke, Float Toward Record

By MAEGAN CLEARWOOD
June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON COUNTY— The 400-foot-tall water slides were tempting, but the swimmers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort near Williamsport weren’t there to play: They were there to break a world record.

The Jellystone water park and the pool at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park in Halfway were Washington County’s venues Tuesday in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

The event was designed to inform children about water safety and aimed to beat last year’s Guinness World Record of 3,971 participants from 34 states and five countries. This year, all 50 states and 12 countries were involved, according to the WLSL website.

Between the two local pools, Washington County added more than 80 participants to this year’s total.

“It’s for kids to learn how to be safe around water and how not to be afraid of water. When they get scared and panic, then it can become a much more serious situation,” said Jellystone General Manager Carrie Cirrito. “It’s so fun to be a part of it.”

Cirrito said the park was recruited by the World Waterpark Association, one of many organizations sponsoring the event.

Marsha Moats, program coordinator of the Washington County Recreation Department, said the Halfway pool was running a weeklong swimming program with Girls Inc. on the scheduled date and decided to get involved. Sixty-one girls participated with the help of eight swimming instructors, she said.

“We were just hoping to spread the word about swimming lessons and that they save lives,” Moats said. “It was super, super successful.”

The lesson plan provided by WLSL covered beginner curriculum, including entering the water, submergence, bobbing, floating and basic swimming techniques.

“It was very well-organized. The handbook walks you through step by step. It made putting everything together pretty easy,” Moats said.

Jellystone instructors Kelly Harold and Tracey Artz said they had been preparing for the event for about a week.

“Water is fun, but water is dangerous,” Harold said. “(The kids) enjoyed it. Even though most of them knew how to swim, they said they still had fun.”

At Jellystone, participation was free for anyone older than 3. The 45-minute lesson started at 11 a.m., and swimmers were encouraged to stay and enjoy the water park afterward.

The Girls Inc. swimmers in Halfway divided into groups based on ability, and each group practiced different techniques.

WLSL participants have to carefully record the event in order to be part of the Guinness World Record, Cirrito said. Log sheets, witness records, photographs and videos are required.

The information is due next week, Cirrito said.

For Jamie Wainwright and his 6-year-old daughter, Haley, the lesson marked the first summer she was able to swim without a life jacket.

“I look for anything to do to get her to work on her swimming skills,” Wainwright said. “This is a momentous summer.”

Moats said the Halfway pool offers Red Cross swimming lessons starting next week. This is the first time Jellystone has sponsored swimming lessons.

“I think the lesson went great. They learned a lot. I was very impressed with the teachers,” Cirrito said. “We had thought about offering swimming lessons before but decided not to. We may have to rethink that.”

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Mill Run Jellystone Park™ Campground Team Earns Entrepreneur of the Year

The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run , PA has been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Campgrounds that show a strong growth in business over the prior year.

The premier campground in Southwest Pennsylvania, Jellystone Park at Mill Run is in the heart of the Laurel Mountains and perfectly situated to easily enjoy nearby activities and attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Living Treasures Animal Park, nature hiking, white water rafting, kayaking and antiquing. Onsite amenities provide fun for all ages, including recently-added snowless tubing tracks, two swimming pools, mini golf, a gem mining sluice, carousel rides, fire truck rides and more. The 2011 season will offer seven new camping cabins and 20 additional full hook-up campsites; a new store and restaurant; and a drive-through check-in process. And Memorial Day Weekend the park will introduce its new Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands water feature, with a Spray Zone, new pool and two new waterslides. While the park is open year-round, daily activities are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“The team at Mill Run Jellystone Park works hard to constantly upgrade and improve our facilities and ensure our guests enjoy a fun, friendly, top-notch family getaway,” said park owner Randy Work. “We are honored to be recognized by the franchise system and look forward to a great 2011 camping season with lots of new amenities and activities.”

Themed weekends include the Grand Opening Celebration of Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands (June 10-12), complete with pirates and a magician; Christmas in July (July 8-10), when the park will be decked out in holiday lights and kids can get an early visit from Santa Claus and take a moonlit wagon ride; and Country Western Wet and Wild Weekend (August 19-21), with a haunted wagon ride and ghost town tour.

The Mill Run Jellystone Park Campground is located off Route 381. Find more information and reservations visit  jellystonemillrun.com  or call 800.439.9644.

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