I read all of the reviews on this site before going to Jellystone Natural Bridge. I was a little concerned with some of the criticisms but knew we would make the best of whatever we had. Here is my breakdown of our experience:
1. We rented a Deluxe cabin, it was situated towards the edge of the park so we had lots of shade when outdoors. This cabin is not large and when we were all inside trying to eat or get a drink, we did have some problems being in each others way. I think that the Large Deluxe cabin has more of a separation between kitchen and living area. Either way, we expected a small indoor area and only used it for sleeping and getting food so we all dealt with it fine. My only complaint would be that the mattress was OLD and needs to be replaced in the bedroom, I could feel the springs poking through. There were also limited Pots and Pans so plan to bring your own. Otherwise, the cabin was clean, cool and comfortable. Our 7 year old loved the sleeping loft!
2. Outside cabin features: there was an awesome fire pit made from stones. Wood is available to purchase at the camp store. We also had some great neighbors who left us their wood the day that they left. We had a picnic table and a cooking pit that was made into a grill. This worked fine for what we needed, if you want to make elaborate grilled items, you may want to consider bringing your own grill. We also had a small screened in porch on the back of the cabin, this worked nicely the ONE evening we had showers.
3. The park itself is full of activities! There was something to do at all times of the day and you receive a schedule the day you arrive. Our 7 year old loved to get up and meet Yogi and friends for the Pledge of Allegiance at the flagpole every morning. There was also funnel cakes with Cindy Bear and Ice cream with Yogi. The 13 year old and 7 yr old both participated in the Wagon Ride with Yogi and said it was a lot of fun. The characters really take the time to interact with guests. I read another review on here about being charged for pictures with the characters, that never happened to us- anytime they were around, they gladly posed with the kids for pictures.
4. There were 2 water slides that will wear the kids out! There was a pool, sprinkler zone, game room, activity center - both girls enjoyed painting their own river rocks and that was a free activity for them. A swimming pond is located near the James River. This is another area I was concerned from previous reviews. I loved the pond! The sand was clean and the pond was just as it claims- a pond. Yes, there was smushy stuff at the bottom as well as plant growth but it's a pond. I personally enjoy those types of swimming spots to a chlorine filled pool so I cooled off there instead of the pool which was on the crowded side.
5. We opted to pay to tube down the James River one of our days there. One word of caution- if you are taking children or anyone who has never tubed on a river before, you may want to bypass this activity. I LOVED it because the water was not too low and the current carried us right along. This is a 4 hour trip and the kids got bored because they were afraid to get out of their tubes to swim or anything. The tubes are nice and have cup holders but aren't easy to get back in once you get off it like a normal inner tube is. The man driving us to the put in was very helpful and gave us very good tips. I think the kids and my boyfriend would have enjoyed this more if they had done it before and it were a shorter trip.
All in all, it was a GREAT time and we will definitely go back! P.S.- Rent a golf cart, the kids will love that too!
- Also Known As:
- Yogi Bear`s Jellystone Park At Natural Bridge Hotel Natural Bridge Station