We're back from our trip to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and man, we had a blast! I'm busting at the seams to share everything we saw, ate, and experienced with all of you, so be sure you are subscribed for our email updates (click here or enter your email in the box on the sidebar) to get notified whenever a new post goes live!
Let's start things off with where we camped while in the area!
LOCATION OF JELLYSTONE CAMP RESORT
950 Mammoth Cave Rd
Cave City, KY 42127
A FEW CAMPGROUND AMENITIES (BECAUSE THERE ARE *SO* MANY!!)
- Two swimming pools and an amazing splash pad
- A 300' water slide
- Basketball court, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit
- Onsite food and pizza services
- Jumping pillow
- Free Wi-Fi
- Laundry facilities
- Mini golf
- Golf cart rentals
- Karst Beach water fun zone
- Cabin Rentals, tent sites, Water/Electric and full hook-up 30 and 50/30 amp RV sites
The campground is sprawling and pretty much everything you could need is available right on the grounds.
OUR EXPERIENCE AT JELLYSTONE CAMP RESORT
We pulled into Jellystone Campground just as the sun was setting. This was our first trip out in our brand new Open Range travel trailer and we were ecstatic, to say the least.
The roads within the campground are aptly named.
If tent or RV camping isn't your cup o' tea, there's a plethora of cabins available to rent. There's many different styles and floor plans available.
Some are pet friendly!
The campsites are spacious and can accommodate big rigs. The sites are gravel so some leveling will be required. We stayed in two sites during our stay and one site required only front-to-back leveling, while the other required front-to-back as well as a little side-to-side.
This is the gazebo that sits alongside the catch and release fishing pond, one of the many onsite activities available in the campground.
The ranger station is absolutely adorable and contains the main campground office.
Inside you can grab a meal at the Pic-A-Nic Basket including corn dogs, walking tacos, chicken sandwiches, Hunt Brothers pizza, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and slushies. The ranger station also hosts an all-you-can eat waffle breakfast from time to time (check campground calendar for schedule). Once you have your snack, grab a seat at one of the many tables or cushy couches in front of the large stone fireplace.
There's also a large, well-stocked camp store. I sneaked out of the camper one afternoon (Matt was sitting with the kiddos while they napped) to do some browsing. There's lots of fun Yogi Bear-themed merchandise, gifts, food, and supplies.
Across from the ranger station is this fantastic playground. Next to the playground is the outdoor pavilion which is the gathering point for many of the campground's recreation activities such as the hey-hey-hey rides and weekend karaoke.
Jasper is passing his love (more like an obsession) of playgrounds onto Baby Sister, so every time we spot a playground, we know we'll be spending many hours there.
There's another small playground outside of the laundry facilities. In addition, Jellystone has 4 "comfort stations" containing restroom and shower facilities located in convenient areas throughout the park.
If you want to give your doggos some off-leash time, a gated dog park is available and is separated into two areas for large and small puppers.
Karst Beach is the newest addition to the park. While it is still under construction, many features are open and ready for fun! Our kids are still a bit too young for this attraction, so we were just observers for this visit. It looks fun and I can't wait to see what it looks like when the whole area is complete!
The Wibit area is where most of the fun happens in Karst Beach, where beachgoers play on an expansive spread of inflatable water sports apparatus.
No doubt that Karst Beach will be a huge draw for Jellystone. It is open to those staying in the campground for free, but the general public can also pay a fee to enjoy the facilities.
There are two pools on the property as well as an awesome splash pad, where we spent most of our time.
Shelby is a splash pad diva and had a blast running around getting soaked. Jasper prefers regular pools since he doesn't like getting water spray in his face, so we split up for the afternoon and Matt spent time with Jasper in the big pool (separated from the splash pad by wrought iron fencing) while I stayed with Shel splishin' and splashin'.
Splash-paddin' is hard work!
OVERALL THOUGHTS ABOUT JELLYSTONE PARK
We fell in love with Jellystone Park and its seemingly endless list of amenities and activities. It was a perfect base camp for all of our exploring and touristy activities in the Mammoth Cave area, though we both remarked that had we chosen to just stay at the campground for the duration of our trip, we'd never be bored! The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming and the whole place just felt like home. We would love to return to the area to do some more advanced cave tours when the kids are older, and when we do we know that Jellystone will be the place we will stay!
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We were provided a stay at Jellystone to help facilitate our exploration of the Mammoth Cave area and create these posts for our readers. All of our reviews are honest and real.