We camped here during the first week of August for our family vacation.
This is the perfect spot for quick and easy access to all of the caving activities in the area.
The grounds, laundry facilities and restrooms/showerhouses were super clean and very well maintained. There's no lack of things to do at the park, either. It was 100'ish degrees the week that we were there so the pool and water slide were jam packed. That's to be expected, though. Safe and fun activities for children abound. Your kids will NEVER be bored at this campground!
It's very easy to get in and out of the campground and most of the spots, even with a big rig.
There are a lot of nice, shady spots to choose from with hook-ups and without.
In the evenings and at night, the park was super quiet. That has more to do with the common courtesy (and common sense) of the guests staying there than the park management but it was nice to NOT have to complain about screaming kids running wild and blaring stereos in the wee hours of the night for once.
There's a knife shop (Mike's maybe? I forget the name of it.) across from the entrance to the park. Get your firewood there. It is only $5 for a huge box of nice, dry hardwood.
There are a few negatives, but, in the grand scheme of things, they are minor compared to a lot of other parks we've stayed at. None of these would stop us from visiting this Jellystone again.
If you had a question or needed something, the staff WAS helpful but certainly not "friendly".
The water in the lower part of the campground was shut off (during the late morning and afternoon - about 6-7 hours total) for two consecutive days which meant that the restrooms, shower houses and laundry facilities were closed for that time period. Workers were making repairs to a water line somewhere but nobody bothered to notify anyone or post a brief explanation on the locked doors to the facilities. It wasn't like the campground was full, either. Our part of the campground was very sparsely populated. Workers on golfcarts zipped by our spot at least a dozen times each day. Not one of them bothered to stop and tell us that the water was shut off. For over two hours on the first day, we thought it was a problem with our camper. All of OUR equipment checked out fine. We tried to flag down a grounds person to ask what was up but, as he zipped by our spot in his golf cart, he "pretended" not to see us. A call to the check-in desk answered our question but the lady who answered was obviously very irritated by our inquiry.
Some of the spots in the lower part of the campground are pretty washed out. Make sure you have PLENTY of leveling blocks. We had to move from our originally reserved spot because it was absolutely impossible to get leveled. Luckily, the young man at the check-in desk was understanding and allowed us to move to another spot without any trouble.
The water and sewer connection in many of the full h/u spots are either pretty far away from the pads or in odd locations near the very end of the pads. We had to run to WalMart to buy an extra sewer hose to be able to reach the drain.
If you expect any close restaurants for a nice dinner out, forget it. It's at least a half hour (or more) drive to any kind of decent, "sit down" restaurant except for the diner at the end of the park entrance road. The diner serves great food, though! Fast food joints and gas stations can be found at the interstate exit area about a mile away for quick snacks.
All in all, it's a great place to relax for a while. The pros most definitely outweigh the cons.
- Also Known As:
- Mammoth Cave Jellystone Park Camp Hotel
- Mammoth Cave Jellystone Park Camp Hotel Cave City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 150 site private campground. ... more less