Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Big Rig Friendly10.0/10
Park Road Conditions9.5/10
- 30 & 5o Amp Sites Available
- Cabins & Tents Sites Available
- Big Rig Friendly
- Lots To Do For The Kids
- Well Stocked Camp Store
- Scheduled Activities (Weekends) During The Summer
- Propane Available For Purchase
- Cable TV
- Game Room
- Catch & Release Pond
- Game Room Bathrooms Were In A State Of Disrepair
- Dirt Roads
- Train Noise (Especially At Riverfront Sites)
- Some BBQ Grills At The Sites Were Rotted
- Some Fire Pits At The Site Were Old And Collapsed
- No Fenced K-9 Park
This park is located in Natural Bridge Station, Virginia. It is situated in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Interstate 81 which means it is both beautiful and quiet making this a perfect getaway for your family.
The park is located seven to eight miles off the interstate depending on which way you are coming from. When you get to the stretch of VA-130E, just sit back and enjoy the scenic views the rest of the way to the campground. Two miles from the park is the Natural Bridge Country Store. If you need gas, ice, or food you may want to stop here.
Divided By A Road
The road that leads you into the park is James River Road. As you drive down James River Road you will see RV’s on your right side but the campground entrance on your left side. This is because the campground is divided by the road.
As you enter the campground to your left, the office building/check-in area is on your right side. The camp store/check-in is a large building with a good-sized store. There are also restrooms located in this area and they were clean. Behind the office is the area where you can purchase propane.
I Have To Do What?
Check-in was simple as I had previously made a reservation. The campground employee behind the desk explained there would be someone upfront shortly to escort me to my site. To get to the RV sites, you need to drive around the building and get back onto James River Road like you were heading back out of the park. Since you are now turned around the RV’s you saw on your right side coming in are now on your left. That is where you will enter and your escort will start from.
Confusing? I thought so. I was lucky enough that when I checked in one of the campground employees who would be my escort was already in the office so he led me around from the office instead of waiting at the RV entrance. The check-in process turned out to be very easy even though it sounds more involved than it was.
3 Separate Sections
The section of the park where my site was located is broken down into three separate areas. The first section you come upon is mostly full hook-up pull-through sites and there are a few back-in sites on the perimeter. There are no trees in this section and the sites are loose gravel/grass and somewhat level. The park does offer cable TV but this area would be welcomed to those RVer’s who have satellite dishes as there would be no obstruction to their obtaining good signal while watching TV in their rigs.
The next section moving away from the road is completely wooded. There are nice tall trees and vegetation which gives this section a true camping feel. This section is comprised of nice sized full hook-up back-in sites. It is outlined with a mix of tent sites, cabins and more back in sites.
These first two sections are divided by a large field. This field contains a building with bathrooms and showers. There is also a playground for the kids. The fan-favorite of this section though is probably the “Jellystone” Theatre where you can catch movies on summer nights.
If you venture on past the first two sections, you enter the third and final section of this part of the park. This area is the seasonal RV section. I was there around Halloween and this area was decorated with some pretty cool decorations.
If you had a seasonal site back here, you might want to consider using a golf cart as personal golf carts are allowed. It is quite a walk back and forth to the activity section of the park. You will need to show proof of insurance for your golf cart and purchase a decal that can be obtained from the office.
What? No Golf Cart?
While visiting the park you might find it difficult to keep walking back and forth from your site to all of the activities. If this is the case, you have the option to use your own golf cart but you must follow the same rules listed above. What? No golf cart? No worries. They rent golf carts. Just stop into the office for information on how to rent one.
Ok, that’s where most of the campsites are in this park. Notice I said most. That’s because there is still a whole other section to this campground!!! What would a Yogi Bear Jellystone park be without fun park activities for the kids?
As you leave the main RV section and cross back over James River Road you will see several cabins come up on your left. These cabins are located near the fishing lake. The fishing lake is just a small body of water near the perimeter of the park.
A Little Too Much Noise
Located across from the office are about seven back in full hook-up RV sites. If you are looking to relax in a quiet area and read a book, you may want to consider staying away from one of these sites as they are located next to the pool and the water zone areas. Also in this area is the jumping pillow and water slide and spray playground.
There is also a kid’s playground and a mini-golf course. It should be noted that during the summer season wristbands are provided at check-in and must be worn for the entire duration of your stay.
The Ole Swimming Hole
As you near the back end of this section of the park there is a building that houses the game room, laundromat, and bathrooms. This was the most disappointing area of the park for me. The reason I say that is because the bathrooms were dirty and in a state of disrepair. As I was there at the end of their busy season I could only hope they would be making the repairs to these restrooms in the offseason.
Behind this building was a set of stairs that led to a body of water they called “The Ole Swimming Hole” where the kids could enjoy swimming and jumping on a large jumping pillow located within the water. There was a small beach section with volleyball courts outlining one area of the water.
Moving past this very busy activity section brings you to the last area of this park. Making up the perimeter of this section is the James River. There are tent sites located along the river. Set back off the river are some RV sites. This was my favorite section of the park.
This campground is geared towards families who are looking to spend time at the park enjoying all of the amenities offered. If you are not camping with your kids or grandkids this is probably not the park for you even though there are areas of the park that are a good distance from the high activity area. However, if you are camping with kids or grandkids, this park looks like it would be a blast. There are many fun activities for the kids and after all, who doesn’t like Yogi Bear?
I stayed at this park at the end of September so the only activities were held on the weekends. The main reason I stayed at this park was that it was conveniently located along the route I was traveling and is a Passport America park so I was able to get my night at half off the normal rate. It was clean, quiet and an easy in/easy out park.
Date Of Stay: September 25th, 2019
Site #: U111
Cost: $56 per night plus $3 admin Fee and Tax
Our Cost: $28 plus $3 Admin Fee and Tax With Passport America Discount