Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Hill Country Review & Rating
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Hill Country Overview:
Review and Rating of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort Hill Country - Canyon Lake, TX
Wow, what a spectacular park that's perfect for young families looking for a getaway loaded with lots of fun things to see and do as well as seasonal events and activities for the kids. Jellystone Hill Country has a wide variety of sites for tents or RVs as well as several cabins that sleep 4 to 16 people.
The Resort is a block off of FM 306 which means you have excellent access to exploring the area (Greune, New Braunfels, Blanco, Canyon Lake, San Antonio, and more) and several fun things to do ranging from caves to zip lines.
The Jellystone Hill Country Resort is nestled under lots of trees on 27 acres of gently rolling hill country terrain. The roads are paved throughout the Resort and wide enough for big rigs to easily get into a site. Unlike other RV parks, Jellystone only allows extended stays for monthly renters, full-timers, or winter Texans from November to February.
The Resort is very clean and well maintained and safe with a gated entrance. The staff is experienced, knowledgable about the area, and out to make sure that you have an enjoyable stay. And your pet can enjoy a pet friendly campsite or cabin.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Some of the reasons why we think you need to plan a visit to Jellystone Park Resort Hill Country include:
- if you're camping you can choose a shaded or open site, a back-in or pull-through, or a tent site with or without water and electric
- there are a variety of cabins, cottages, and lodges that sleep 4 to 16 people plus a bunkhouse and bungalow that are excellent for groups
- there are enough fun activities and amenities to keep your kids happy and busy for a week - beware, they aren't going to want to go home
- some of the other amenities like golf cart rentals, cabana rentals, 6 seat limo carts, or pedal carts plus special events each month are fun for everyone
- you'll need more than a month to explore all of the fun things to do nearby ranging from boat rentals, tubing the Guadalupe River (a shuttle runs to and from the Resort to the river), golfing, and dining to caving and ziplines and lots more
If you're camping with a tent, there are 34 tent sites of which are under the trees, have water and electricity (8 rustic sites don't have water or electric) a grill, fire pit, and picnic table.
For RVers you have several decisions to make - do you want a back-in or pull through, do you want to be close to the pool and other amenities or under the trees and more isolated. There are 14 Red Carpet RV Sites all of which have long concrete parking pads, a concrete pad with a picnic table, 30 and 50 AMP service, water, sewer, a fire pit, and grill. These sites are much wider and longer than the typical pull through sites in other RV parks. Most of the Premium Sites are treeless but number 53 has a big shade tree. The hook-ups are located toward the middle of the site, making for an easy hook-up.
The other 64 sites include 56 Premium back-in RV sites plus 8 Premium RV sites that are pull-through - some of the sites have concrete level parking pads and others have packed dirt/gravel pads. The majority of these Red Carpet RV sites are under the trees and well shaded. All have water and electric, sewer hook-ups, picnic table, grill, and fire pit.
One of the things we like about all of the RV sites is that they aren't packed in close together like most RV parks and there are no full-timers taking up a lot of the sites. Jellystone Hill Country has a very open, safe, and comfortable feel to it, similar to most Texas State Parks.
I've never visited an RV park with such a wide variety of lodging opens for those who don't want to camp or are joining friends with an RV. All of the cabins have heating and AC, full bathroom, a variety of sleeping options (queen bed, bunks, loft, futon, or bunk beds), table and chairs, TV with cable, picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring. Jellystone Hill Country offers:
- Hill Country Cabins with a loft that sleeps up to 10 and have a full kitchen including a microwave, oven, stove, and residential refrigerator
- Cozy Cabins that sleep up to four and have a kitchenette and covered porch
- Cindy Bear Cabins have a kitchenette and two bedrooms that will sleep up to 8
- Deluxe Two Bedroom Cabins include 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a covered porch
- Cottages with two queen beds and a full kitchen
- Lodge Rooms that sleep up to 6 in some combination of one or two queen beds, full sleeper sofa, or a full bunk bed
- the four Yogi Bear Cabins sleep up to 10 in a queen, loft with twin mattresses, twin bunk, full futon and they all have a full kitchen and large screened in porch
- the Yogi Bear Bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in 4 bedrooms (with 4 queen beds and 4 bunk beds) and it's home to a huge fully furnished kitchen, large dining area, and covered patio
- The Boo Boo Bunkhouse will sleep up to up to 14 and it has a fenced-in backyard if you want to bring your dog
- an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
- lazer tag ($) and a fun disc golf course
- a huge interactive water zone with slides plus a pool and splash pad
- one of the biggest jumping pillows I've seen
- gaga ball, basketball, and volleyball courts
- horseshoe pits and a couple of playgrounds
- a large arcade game room ($) and gem mining ($)
- a park store with everything from beer to RV supplies including t-shirts, ice cream, staples, and lots more
- Hill Country Hall for meetings, get-togethers, and special events like movies, pancake breakfasts, and more
- laundry room and restrooms with showers
- free internet and cable
- a snack bar at the pool with burgers, ice cream, pizza, and more
- fenced-in dog park
- mini golf is coming soon
For a small fee, you can rent a golf cart, pedal cart, or six-person pedal cart, a hammock, linens, or a private cabana at the pool. A local tubing company will pick you up, take you and a tube to the river, and bring you back to the Park ($) after a fun few hours floating the Guadalupe. Lone Star Retreat is available for rent for large get-togethers, family reunions, or birthday celebrations.
And there is more - scavenger hunts, arts & crafts ($), movies, and special events like Easter Extravaganza or Blast Off To Space Weekend.
It's impossible to get bored during your stay at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Hill Country!
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We visited Jellystone Park in early April for the first time and we enjoyed a round of disc golf, a stay in one of the Hill Country Cabins, a golf cart rental to check out the park, and a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.
We had a good lunch at Baja BBQ Shack overlooking a marina (which has boat rentals) on Canyon Lake, a pretty good dinner at Silver Sage, a delicious breakfast at Granny D's, and a wonderful lunch at Wildflower in Sadler.
We love the Canyon Lake area and visited the area several times for live music at White Water Amphitheater, tubing and enjoying the Guadalupe, boating and enjoying Canyon Lake, golf at Canyon Lake Golf Course (read our review of Canyon Lake Golf Course), dining at several good restaurants, and checking out the local fun bars.
Cool Nearby Activities:
As I mentioned one of the reasons we love Jellystone Hill Country is because it's located close to lots of fun things to see and do. Some of our favorites include:
- a visit to Gruene for good food and live music at one of the oldest dance halls in Texas
- golf at some nearby golf courses - check out this Canyon Lake Area Golf Course Map to find a nearby course and read our review to learn more about the course
- we love a day on the water on Canyon Lake - read Texas Outside's review of Canyon Lake
- New Braunfels is loaded with good restaurants and fun bars and a great golf courses, Natural Bridge Caverns, and Natural Bridge Wildlife Park
- San Antonio is 50 minutes south and it has everything you can image - golf courses to zip lines to Sea World and the River Walk and lots more
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more