On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, our correspondent Casita Dean May gives us a complete review of the Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave. This family-friendly campground is located just 10 minutes from Mammoth Cave National Park.
This is podcast episode is paired with RVFTA episode # 170: Greetings from Mammoth Cave National Park. Listen to that podcast episode to hear all of Casita Dean’s recommendations for exploring this popular national park and the surrounding area.
Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave is a definitely a campground in transition. This campground has been a popular family-owned destination for decades. They recently embarked on a 10 million dollar renovation. That means there will be some pretty amazing features in the near future (summer 2018), but expect some on site construction for now.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave is centrally located about 75 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky and about 75 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee. It’s also just 30 minutes north of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The campground is conveniently located minutes away from Mammoth Cave National Park. This makes it the perfect base camp for anyone visiting this bucket list destination.
There is a wide variety of site options at Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave. You can snag a full hook up (30 or 50 amp) for between $77-$81 per night, peak season. There are also water and electric sites or primitive tenting sites for a lower price tag.
Many Jellystones feature fantastic cabin options, and Mammoth Cave is no exception. There are efficiencies, cabins, and bungalows that range from about $125 to $300 per night. We love this option for folks traveling with extended family or friends that do not own RVs, but still want to enjoy the campground experience.
Most of the campsites are pull thrus, but there are some back ins available. Listen to the episode to hear Dean’s specific site recommendations and where you might want to be after the renovation is complete.
Activities and Amenities
Now it’s time to talk amenities. This was Dean’s first Jellystone experience and he was impressed by the offerings at Mammoth Cave. There are two swimming pools, including one with a splash ground plus a water slide.
Did Dean try out the water slide himself? You’ll have to listen to find out…
Other amenities include…
- Two playgrounds
- Jump Pillow
- Mini golf course
- Ranger station
- Basketball, sand volleyball, and horseshoes
- Laundry facilities
- complete summer recreation program
- wagon rides
- arts and crafts
- character appearances
By summer of 2018, the Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave will host a pretty impressive 2.3 acre manmade pond. You can visit karstbeach.com to see the plans for this fun on site beach complete with Wibits, inflatables for the water.
To hear all of Casita Dean’s recommendations for visiting Mammoth Cave National Park and the surrounding region, head on over to RV Family Travel Atlas podcast episode #170 Greetings from Mammoth Cave National Park. You may also fight out some interesting info about the white squirrels in Bowling Green. Just saying.
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See you at the campground,
Stephanie + Jeremy