Yogi Bear's Mammoth Cave Jellystone Park is located
between Bowling Green and Louisville, Kentucky. Being a
mere 10 minutes from the
Mammoth Cave National Park entrance makes this an
ideal location to stay. That statement is twice as true
if kids are involved.
Many of the
campsites feature full hookups, but most are not
particularly level. Most site's aren't unlevel beyond
reason, but be prepared to do some work. This is a very
popular destination in season and on weekends, so the
campground can fill-up. If you don't like kids, I
wouldn't stay here. Of course, if you don't like kids,
why would you be here to begin with?
two primary features that make Jellystone Park
attractive to traveling families: amenities and
activities. Amenities include a pool, waterslide,
playgrounds, miniature golf, golf carts (to rent), game
room (very nice), wide screen TV in the lodge, outdoor
theater, food, Yogi and Cindy, and much more. Activities
are almost continuous and include arts and crafts, face
painting, karaoke (kara-Yogi), bingo, and much more.
attractions are a plus, but verify what is open during
the season you plan to visit. Some of the rather
"touristy" attractions are closed (or should be). Some
seem to be doing just fine. Obviously, Mammoth Cave is
the main local attraction. That alone makes this a great
place to visit.
Entry Date: September,
Rebecca had a training session to attend in Louisville on
this particular week. We decided to head that way a few days early so we
Mammoth Cave National Park. I'd traveled through the area before,
and I camped at Jellystone Park in Cave City. Frankly, I hadn't planned
on staying here again. My image of the park was from the perspective of
someone that really loves the natural surroundings and large campsites
of state and national parks. Jellystone is all about amusement and fun.
In all fairness, Jellystone Park does have some very nice surroundings.
As I planned and researched for this trip,
I could find no better alternatives to Yogi's place. Questionable reviews and the lack
of good photographs made the selection of another campground a scary
proposition. In hind-site, I'm thankful. There might have been a mutiny
had we stayed anywhere else.
When we first pulled into
the park, the kids immediately began to take note of the amenities.
Statues of Yogi and other Jellystone characters suggested fun. And fun
it was! I had a pretty big problem finding a site that would
easily accommodate Homer II (our camper) and the Jeep's trailer.
Most of the sites are very high on one end or the other and/or from side
to side. I watched as other campers arrived and began to set-up.
Regulars seemed prepared to do some pretty major jacking to level their
RV's. I also observed that the best siyes are the first to be reserved
by those that are familiar with the campground.
When the setup job was
finished, I rounded-up the crew and loaded them in Willie B (our
Jeep) for a ride into
Mammoth Cave National Park. The park was very impressive. We saw
considerable wildlife on the way to the visitor center. After purchasing
tickets for a cave tour, we headed out to explore. It didn't take long
for everyone to start begging to go back to Jellystone Park. A "Hey Hey
Hey" Ride was beginning very soon. And so it went for the rest of the
We did make the cave tour on
Saturday. It was fascinating, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the
experience. We drove through the national park's campground, snapping
some shots on the way back to the campground where we spent the balance
of our time.
This was certainly a
favorite destination of Rebecca and the kids. We enjoyed the exceptional
miniature golf course, painted ceramics, sang karaoke (Kara-Yogi), watched an
outdoor movie, sang songs on hay rides, made s'mores, ate waffles,
played bingo, and thoroughly sucked every bit of fun possible from
So, have I changed my mind
about the park? No. If I was traveling alone, I'd boondock (dry camp) at
the campground in Mammoth Cave National Park. But I have to admit, I
have no say otherwise. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park near the entrance of
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website is targeted to the younger crowd. It's very
attractive, but still lacks a good variety campground
rich amenities, and full hookups in much of the campground
add to Jellystone's score. Terribly unlevel campsites take
away. (**$20-$62 +/- depending on hookups and season)
A new category created just for this park.
The staff did a wonderful job of keeping us occupied. There
is little risk of being bored at Jellystone Park.
Small park model
cabins and motel-like rooms are available
(**$40-$250 +/- depending on unit and season)
We didn't swim on this visit (it was cool),
but the pool is very nice. There is also a large water slide
just down the hill from the pool (closes at Labor Day).
There is also a large whirlpool adjacent the pool.
It's a very nice miniature golf course to
begin with, but being free to campers makes it a 10. Good
It's part camp
store, part cafe, part lodge. Very nice
acres of wilderness in nearby Mammoth Cave National Park. Absolutely, hiking is good!
Rock shops abound in the
area. We spent some time (and money) rummaging through the
shops, but found nothing notable on the ground. Apparently
geodes are a big thing here though. We came home with
Mammoth Cave National Park, Dinosaur Land, KY Action
Park, Kentucky Down Under, Corvette Museum, Diamond Caverns,
Horse Cave, Louisville, and much more.
*Note: We rate
only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
**Accommodation pricing is based on the 2011 Cave City
Jellystone Park website.
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