New Texas Campground Near Dallas Celebrates Mother's Day

May 7, 2013

The Tyler Texas campground, which was previously known as Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort, joined the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network of family campgrounds on Jan. 1.  The 30-year-old Texas campground, which has 133 RV sites and 18 park model cabins, has long been a Texas camping favorite.  Families enjoy the campgrounds’s lineup of themed weekends and special events from Easter through Halloween.

tyler texas campground pool

kids splash in the family pool

Don and Jan Tardy, who acquired the campground in May of last year with Jan’s adult children, Colt and Bree Perrin, said they wanted to join the Jellystone Park chain to expand their marketing reach.  “I like the concept of Jellystone Park and I want to emphasize the fact that we are a park that caters to families,” Don Tardy said.

Jellystone Parks are famous for offering fun, family activities that include everything from crafts and games to “hey rides,” birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi.

The campground will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with spa-like amenities that include special stations and supplies that will be set up so that kids can give their moms manicures, pedicures and massages.  The park is also planning a mom and kids team tournament, a scavenger hunt, and craft activities, which give children the opportunity to create memorable gifts for their moms and other special people in their lives.

“You don’t even need a tent or RV to camp with us because we have cabins and other vacation rentals,” said Michele Wisher, a spokeswoman for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.

The Tardys, who run the park with Jan’s adult son, Colt Perrin, already have a head start on the family activities and nice amenities, including two salt water swimming pools and a fishing pond, which is stocked with perch, bass and brim. But they plan to make more improvements to the campground in preparation for the upcoming camping season.

“We’re about to add five more cabins,” Tardy said, adding that the new cabins should be in place by May 15.  Whispering Pines also has four large meeting rooms with separate kitchens to accommodate large groups. Other amenities include basketball, horseshoe, ping pong, shuffleboard and volleyball courts, a camp store and a poolside cafe.

Tardy said his market primarily involves the area between Dallas and Shreveport, La.

If you are camping in Texas, visit one of five Jellystone Parks in the state. Other Jellystone Park Texas campgrounds are located in Burleson, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Waller.


Beat the Heat with Jellystone Campgrounds

July 17, 2012

There’s no doubt about it – so far, summer 2012 has been a hot one! With much of the country facing record-breaking, super-intense heat, it’s hard for families to come up with activities that keep everyone cool but entertained. Look no further than your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, where swimming pools, splash parks, watersides and more offer a wet ‘n wild time for the entire family. Here’s just a glimpse at the fun to be had; be sure to check your nearby campground to see how they are helping guests beat the heat.

• A half-hour’s drive from Houston, the Lone Star Jellystone Park in Waller features a 350-foot whoosh into the water on its famous Pine Tree Plunge waterslide. Don’t miss the Ride the Serpent slide, the plunge pool and the swimming pool. For younger kids, visit the Splash Playground with its 5000-gallon Picnic Basket Blaster. And when you need to dry out just a little, the Wet-n-Wild Hey Wagon will keep you cool outside the pool.
• A giant swimming pool and a separate slide pool with three different water slides make this Minnesota campground perfect for pumping up the excitement. Keep an eye out for the Slip ‘n Slide, where kids will have a belly-busting good time.
• Teens, tweens and kids (not to mention Mom and Dad) splash into fun at the Splash Park and Yogi Bear’s Water Zone in Gloucester Point, VA. With waterslides, spray guns, buckets dumping gallons of water from far overhead and of course old-fashioned swimming, a weekend at Gloucester Point is sure to be wet, wild and full of memories.
Caledonia Wisconsin's Water Zone features Yogi Bear’s Picnic Splash, with water slides, sprayers and a giant picnic basket that fills with water and dumps it out every few minutes. The Water Wars area offers water balloons and sling shots – what better combination for kids to help keep their parents nice and cool? The swimming and activity pool is for those who actually want to swim – and maybe play a little water basketball, volleyball and more.

Fall Vacation Deals in Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

October 3, 2011

If you’re looking for a fall getaway, head to the Jellystone Park in Burleson Texas for great fall vacation deals. This Dallas area resort offers beautiful cottage rentals at discounted prices now through February 28. You’ll save up to 25% off normal prices! 

Each cottage is distinctly decorated with furnishing acquired from locations in the deep interior of old Mexico to the piney woods of East Texas. A majority of our cottages include intimate spas and fireplaces for a romantic and refreshing stay. 

dallas vacation rental

You can also take advantage of resort amenities and activities, including Yogi Bear’s Fall Fiesta in October. 

Call 888 – 855-9091 to make a reservation!

Beat the Heat at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts!

June 25, 2010

The dog days of summer are finally among us, and with temperatures rising, there’s no better way for your family to stay cool than in the water. With several amenities sure to please any water lover, Jellystone Parks offer a wide variety of wet and wild fun.

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

All of our campgrounds have sparkling pools for soaking, splashing and relaxing, but Jellystone Park’s premiere beat-the-heat play place is Yogi Bear’s Water Zone “Splash Ground.” Found at many of our parks, these playgrounds in the water add a new element of fun to the old-fashioned swimming pool. Whether it’s the mushroom shaped showers, squirting water cannons or buckets of water dumped on unsuspecting heads, everyone in the family is sure to keep cool while having a blast. There are even zero-entry levels for the smallest members of the family to safely enjoy. Just a few of the campgrounds featuring this one-of-a-kind water play include Bremen, Georgia; Robert, Louisiana; and Quarryville, Pennsylvania. For a complete listing of the campgrounds with Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, please visit Splashgrounds.

For the more daring members in your family, many of our parks have twisting, turning and gravity defying waterslides. Jellystone Parks such as Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Woodstock, New Brunswick; Waller, Texas; Marion, North Carolina and Fremont, Wisconsin have super flumes that take riders on a journey with all the thrills of a theme park, giving parents the perfect answer to the perennial kid question, “What can we do now?” For more water sliding fun filled parks, see Waterslides.

On top of all the pools, splashes, and thrilling water slide fun, some of our other Jellystone Parks offer lakes, rivers and streams which include outrageous fun like boating, fishing, rafting, and sandy beaches to wade and swim in. For our list of ways to get wet, see Family Fun.

So gather the family, beat the heat and head out to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park near you! For more information visit our website at or call 1-800-558-2954 and take advantage of the all the wet and wild summer time fun!

Texas Jellystone Park Not Flooded Despite Heavy Rains

June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010-Despite heavy rains and thunderstorms that hit the area last week, Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake is happy to report that they escaped any major water damage and/or flooding, which mostly occurred to the east of the park.

Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country and only a 30 minute drive from San Antonio, this park is between Canyon Lake, which is now full and sizing up to be a great water year for lake and river activities, and the Guadalupe River where tubing resumed last week.

Upcoming themed weekends are Father’s Day (June 18-20) where Dad can dress up and compete in the “Ms. Jellystone” competition, and Family Olympics weekend (June 25-27) where festivities begin with a torch run and individuals/families compete in fun games for the gold.

Lodge rooms, cottages, tent camping, and over 100 RV sites are available, but Canyon Lake reservations are filling quickly, so call 877-964-3731 to book your stay.


Houston Jellystone Park Receives Campground Award

April 25, 2010

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground in Waller, TX  has been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Camp-Resorts that showed an ability to thrive despite a challenging economy, generating a large increase in revenue while continuing to offer a quality product at a reasonable price.

Located 35 miles northwest of Houston, the Waller campground has built on its legacy of strong revenue growth despite the difficult economy. With families on the lookout for quality entertainment at a budget-friendly price, the campground has the perfect solution. Guests love the snack bar, game room and cartoon theater; comfortable cabins and full hook-up RV sites. A water playground features the Serpent Water Slide—180 feet of twisting, turning excitement – and will soon introduce the new Pine Tree Plunge, a six-lane slide that stands 50 feet high and sends riders down 350 feet of wet ‘n wild freefall.

awesome water splashground

awesome water splashground

“This is the fourth year in a row we have won this award,” said campground owner Bruce Bryant. “It’s an incredibly gratifying feeling that our guests continue to show their approval of our hard work and quest for excellence.”

Campground guests also will enjoy the stocked fishing lake, swimming pool, tennis court, playgrounds, mini golf course and petting zoo. The wooded, shaded sites and nature trails are perfect for guests looking to relax and take in the outdoor experience. The Waller campground is open year-round.

Canyon Lake Jellystone Park Recognized for Operator of the Year

April 13, 2010

Larry and Kim Jones, owners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground in Canyon Lake, TX , have been recognized as Operators of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system.

The Operator of the Year Award is given to the individual or team directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of a Camp-Resort in recognition of excellence in management. Evaluation criteria include customer service, inspection ratings, daily management and business growth.

“God truly blessed us last year as we were able to flourish despite a season of drought, record heat and recession,” said Larry Jones, campground owner. “We are honored to receive the Operator of the Year Award.”

kids love the jumping pillow

kids love the jumping pillow

Located in the heart of beautiful Texas Hill Country, the campground is less than half a mile from the Guadalupe River and two miles from Canyon Lake, so water activities abound. Laser Tag, the popular Jumping Pillow and the Old Faceful Gem Mining Company set it apart; other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, meeting rooms, a playground and planned weekend activities. Rustic tent sites and more than 150 RV sites accommodate campers, while 20 lodge rooms, five cottages (including two new this year) and RV rentals extend the fun to everyone. This year the park will install cable TV throughout most of the facility.

The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground at Canyon Lake is open year-round.

Yogi Bear Makes a New Home in Texas

February 23, 2010

As record-breaking winter snows continue to snarl much of the northeastern part of the United States, a look in a southerly direction shows hope for the spring! Jellystone Park™ campgrounds are excited to welcome an outstanding new campground to our family in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  If you’re worn out with cold and ice, planning a visit to this upscale campground is sure to perk up your spirits!
Just minutes from the many attractions of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, you’ll find the new Jellystone Park campground in Burleson, Texas. Formerly known as Rustic Creek Ranch, this campground is well-recognized for its top-grade resort amenities, its group accommodations and its 37 truly unique cottages. With 248 full-service sites (including 81 situated on their patent-pending, extra-spacious “V-Pod” lots) four group facilities, there is plenty of room for you, your entire family and every friend you’ve ever met.

beautiful pool

beautiful pool

Two resort-style family pools, plus one adults-only pool with a separate hot tub, welcome guests to this oasis of tranquility nestled on 69 acres and sheltered by pecan trees that have been standing for more than a century. Notice the unusual metal animal sculptures that dot the carefully landscaped property, and take full advantage of the many amenities, including a pet run and playground; four Laundromats; a gift and grocery shop; game room with games, free DVD rentals, books and TV; free WiFi connections; barbecue areas and more.

luxury cottage rental

luxury cottage rental

The luxury cottage rentals offer designer décor drawn from Old Mexico, the Southwest or the East Texas piney woods. Most include intimate spas and romantic stone fireplaces. All offer soft fluffy beds, satellite TV, and hi-speed internet; some are even pet-friendly. While there’s plenty to do onsite, you’re very close to some of the coolest spots in Texas for exploring: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Old Town Burleson, and Glen Rose. The Texas Motor Speedway, Six Flags over Texas and Hurricane Harbor water park are a half-hour drive away, while the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers play less than an hour down the interstate. The campground is open year-round.
Say “Bienvenidos” to Jellystone Park campground near Ft. Worth.

Video Contest $10,000 Winner Announced

October 21, 2009

David and Deidre Carroll from Keller, Texas, are the $10,000 grand prize winners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park 40th Anniversary Video Contest. The Carrolls and their daughters Ashton (age 7) and Jordan (age 5), received their $10,000 prize, a basket of Jellystone Park gift basket full of Yogi Bear souvenirs on a return visit to Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake, Texas – the site where the winning video was filmed during the family’s stay over the Fourth of July holiday. 

“We’re very happy for the Carroll family. They reflect our mission to foster a fun family experience that creates lasting memories,” said Michele Wisher, Director of Marketing for Leisure Systems Inc., the franchisor of Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. “It was great to see so many entertaining and enthusiastic videos that show how our campers enjoy our parks.”

The Carrolls; Yogi; Larry & Kim Jones-owners of Canyon Lake, TX Jellystone Park; Michele Wisher, Leisure Systems

The Carrolls; Larry and Kim Jones-owners of Canyon Lake, TX Jellystone Park; Yogi; Michele Wisher, Leisure Systems

The contest, which ran May 23 to Sept. 8, 2009, required the videos to be taken at any of the 71 Jellystone Park Camp-Resort locations and be 30 to 90 seconds in length (maximum length is 3 minutes.) Participants submitted 77 videos from 16 states and two provinces in Canada. The general public was asked to vote for their favorite videos which accounted for 50 percent of the overall score. A panel of judges from Leisure Systems Inc., the franchiser of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, also judged each video and contributed to the other 50 percent of the contestant’s score. More than 21,000 votes were cast online with the Carroll’s video garnering the highest overall score from the public and Leisure Systems. All of the videos can be seen at

Because of fond memories David has from visits to Jellystone Parks as a child, the Carroll family frequently visits Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts to spend quality time as a family. The Carrolls heard about the contest online and decided to film the video, which stars young Jordan Carroll asleep with her stuffed Yogi bear. In a dream sequence Yogi magically comes to life and Jordan relives all of the fun from her visit.  
“We are thrilled to win the $10,000 grand prize,” said Deidre Carroll. “The girls are very excited because they are allowed to decide how to spend a small portion.”

2008 Campground Survey Winners Enjoy $500 Prize

July 27, 2009

Each year, Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts conduct a Customer Satisfaction Survey to improve our guest service and amenities. As an incentive, four lucky guests are randomly chosen from the respondents to receive a $500 cash gift card. Here’s a little about each 2008 winner and their plans for the $500 prize money. 

Nicole C. from Conover, North Carolina stayed at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Cherokee, NC with her husband and four year old son several times over the summer. The 2008 camping season was their first year camping at a Jellystone Park. They enjoy tent camping and plan to spend the winnings on some fishing supplies and new tent. Nicole says, “We like to stay beside the river and have always had a great time. Jellystone is a great family oriented campground.” 

Marie F. from Wadesville, Indiana and her husband and children camped with her brother and his family at the St. Louis, Missouri campground location in August 2008 for the first time. “The campground we stayed at was very clean and (the people) friendly. The kids enjoyed all the activities. I enjoy camping because it lets me and the family spend time together.” says Marie. She says the prize money will probably go towards another camping trip.

Arcenio G. from Forney, Texas likes tent camping with his family. They camped in July at the Hill Country, Texas campground and plan to spend some of their prize money on more camping equipment. Arcenio says, “Camping is so productive for the family to spend real quality time. We love the family atmosphere, all the amenities, the security, and activities there!”

Tabitha H. from North Carolina went tent camping in July 2008 at the Cherokee, North Carolina campground with her husband. She says, “Our first time camping at Jellystone Park was great! The park was very clean and the staff was very friendly. We enjoy camping and the outdoors very much!” The couple plans to use their winnings on another camping trip to Washington State.