But when they reopen for the 2019 season on Monday, April 15, they’ll have a new identity as the Hocking Hills Jellystone Park location and they’ll have none other than Yogi Bear™ himself as their mascot.
“We felt like the timing was good to do this,” Lorraine Carlson said. “We have the right quality and the right amenities now.”
Indeed, having the most recognized brand in the family camping business, the Jellystone Park network is a progressive organization that continually raises the bar for campground amenities, activities, and service.
But the Carlsons have always taken great pride in running a family-friendly campground, and they’ve spent the past couple of years making additional investments and improvements to their park.
“Last year, we added a gem mine and a gaga ball pit and water features, all in preparation for becoming a Jellystone Park location,” Carlson said.
This was in addition to renovating the park’s bathhouse, adding laundry facilities and expanding the camp store. This was after the Carlsons had spent the past decade improving and expanding their campground.
“This campground had 63 sites when we took over. Now, we’re up to 105,” Carlson said. “We started with one cabin, then we added three more, and we have plans to add more.”
The Carlsons also cleaned up their three-and-a-half-acre manmade lake and made it a focal point of the campground for swimming. Boats and kayaks are also provided for guest use.
The Hocking Hills Jellystone Park is the fifth Jellystone Park location in Ohio, with others being located in Big Prairie, Mt. Gilead, Nova and Uniontown.
For more information about upcoming activities, theme weekends, RV and tent sites and cabin rental accommodations at the Hocking Hills Jellystone, please visit https://hockinghillsjellystone.com.
About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is the nation’s leading family camping destination, famous for providing guests with amenities such as pools, water slides, mini golf, and pedal carts; fun-filled theme weekends such as Chocolate Lovers Weekend and Halloween Spooktacular Weekends; and interactions with Yogi Bear™ costumed characters. Jellystone Park guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, including premium cabins and yurts, deluxe RV sites, and traditional tenting campsites. There are more than 80 Jellystone Park locations in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.jellystonepark.com.