This park offers folks three options for accommodation...bring your RV or trailer, rent a cabin or hotel room or put up a tent. It's situated shouting distance from the Guadalupe River where hundreds of tubing enthusiasts descend on warm days. Canyon Lake and various rustic bars and restaurants are also nearby. Since we booked at the last minute for Memorial Day weekend, only campsites were available. Basically this place is like a camp for families with lot of activities for kids. They have an indoor heated pool and a trio of joint outdoor pools (one that is like a beach/sprayground for toddlers, a three-foot deep pool perfect for elementary school aged kids and a deeper adult depth pool). Definitely a laid-back place. Other activities for during the day include pedaled go-kart rentals, tennis, basketball (I think), a playground, a forest dedicated to laser tag, a pool-side inflated fort-like area dedicated to water balloon wars and some wet inflated mound kids can climb/jump on (but that was out of commission). Looks like they also have a hiking trail but it seemed pretty limited. They also offer an arcade building and evening events such as arts and crafts, live music, movies and a Hey Hey (tractor) ride. Because of bad weather we only stayed one night, so the only evening activity we participated in was the Hey Hey ride and it was a rowdy bit of fun (they encourage whooping and yelling to passerbys). The place was full of an impressive array of RVs and the cabins and hotel rooms appear to be clean and accommodating (albeit a bit humble). Some cabins appeared nicer than others, with front porches and flat-screen tvs, but again we really were only glancing in from outside. The type of folks there ran the gambit...a wide blend of ages and classes, many bringing what appeared to be extended families and friends...which means lots and lots of kids. The negatives about the place include that the campgrounds where we pitched our tents were littered more than what you would see at a state or national park. Doesn't seem like staff goes around often to pick up the trash. And although there are lots of Yogi Bear souvenirs on-hand, the local store doesn't offer any healthy food options, only junk food. Also it'd be nice if recycling bins were provided (we expect them living in Austin, but perhaps the local Canyon Lake area government doesn't support it). And I bet it can get loud at night, especially on popular weekends like this one (Memorial Day), because the place is relatively dense with campers. We were a bit more isolated. So in a few ways they definitely could improve the quality of their facilities. But overall it is a happy, carefree family place, and I would bet most anyone can afford it (our reservation for three nights of camping was about $110 total but if you think of all the activities you get out for that it's reasonable.) Plus how many places can your kids just run free? Their speed limit is set to 5 1/2 miles per hour on camp grounds. And the staff were very nice and welcoming, which always makes a difference.
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August 27, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review for Jellystone Park ™ Hill Country. We value our guests feedback and hope that we continue to grow and make our campground a better place to stay.
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We offer many amenities for all ages of people. Volleyball, Basketball, Disc Golf, a Jumping Pillow, Indoor and Outdoor Pools with a Splash Pad and a Spa. Movies, Arts and Crafts, Hey Hey Rides, Wet or Dry, Rocket Launching, a Gem Mine, Ice Cream Socials, Laser Tag, and Pedal Carts, are a few that we offer. It does make for a great time.
While cleanliness is of the upmost importance next to safety, we do admit it is difficult sometimes to get all of the little pieces of trash left on the ground. We do ask all of our guests to be sure to clean up their area before they leave to help aid in this lacking area. We do have several dumpsters with 3 recycling bins at each station, and a recycling station outside of Jellystone Hall™ that are close and accessible for everyone in the park.
Our Store is a fun place to shop for souvenirs and any small grocery needs you may have. Water, Gatorade, soda, juice, milk, tea, chips, ketchup, mustard, relish, mixed nuts, trail mix, breakfast bars, fruit roll ups,mac and cheese, an assortment of soups, cereal, along with candy, chips, and other camping needs. We strive to offer something for everyone. We do not sell tobacco or alcohol, though.
All of our guests feedback is important to us. We continue to strive to be a better place to visit.
Thank you again, and come back to see us soon.
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