“We are excited to get our camping season underway,” said John Harlan, who bought the campground in 2011.
“All of our buildings have a really nice warm feeling. Every building has been repainted, including our Cartoon Café, and we have installed new landscaping, reconditioned roads and re-stoned 80 percent of the campsite pads throughout the park. We even remodeled our 18-hole miniature golf course with new carpeting, painting and landscaping.”
Last year, Harlan added another 55 campsites to what was then a 240-site park. The new campsites have since filled up with seasonal campers, who leave their RVs on site so that they can enjoy them throughout the camping season.
Harlan has also installed a 60-foot inflatable water slide and two foam machines and he plans to offer live entertainment mid-week and on weekends to complement the park’s existing activities. Other noteworthy improvements include upgrades to the park’s WiFi system, new Karaoke software, and free s’mores on Friday nights. The park’s Cartoon Café also has an expanded menu that now includes specialty drinks, shakes and online food ordering with free campsite delivery.
Jellystone Parks are famous for their organized family activities and themed weekends with Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™, which help families create unique memories. Activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, a jumping pillow, and gem mining, as well as plentiful interactions with the bears.
Themed weekends are scheduled from late March to early November at the Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge Station and range from family athletic competitions with various sporting events to holiday themed activities to pre-Halloween themed weekends with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating.
Memorial Day weekend activities include a patriotic golf cart and bicycle parade with corn hole and root beer chugging contests. Father’s Day weekend will include potato sack races and a watermelon eating contest. A Chocolate Lovers Weekend is set for July 20-22 with a 100-foot long chocolate Slip ’N Slide, candy bar bingo as well as chocolate pudding and chocolate milk chugging contests. A Christmas in July weekend will take place July 27-29 with holiday music, Christmas carols and a visit by Santa Claus. The weekend of Sept. 14-16 is a Pet Paradise Weekend with a pet parade and pet costume contest. Dogs will also be allowed to enjoy the splash park.
Park amenities include a swimming pool and splash pad with dual water slides, a swimming lake, jumping pillows and playgrounds. The park also rents canoes and tubes for guests who would like to float down the James River.
For more information, including a themed weekend activity schedule, please visit www.campnbr.com.