"Our family of four and our tiny pop up camper made our first trip here in the heat of July. I made sure to get a spot close to the bath house since our pop up doesn’t have a toilet and we have two young children. Spot 72 was just about perfect! Right across a gravel road from a very clean and well stocked bathroom/shower house. The spot was level and had shade at certain times of the day.
They had trash pick up in the mornings so all we had to do was set out our garbage bag by a certain time and they picked it up for us! The amenities were beyond what I thought they would be and we spent so much time at Karst Beach, on the WiBit (worth the price and definitely an hour on it was plenty, in my opinion!), in the pools, at the splash pad, and on the slide. There were so many activities planned that we couldn’t possibly do them all but we enjoyed Quarter Bingo, the outdoor movie, and crafts in the area center. My kids loved the playgrounds and jump pads and fell asleep each night worn out.
I was pleased with the quiet atmosphere of the campground! They have a quiet time each night and we really didn’t hear our neighbors or have any kind of disturbance during the nights. You could hear the road traffic at night but just faintly, and with our pop up’s AC going, it was barely noticeable.
The staff was friendly and outgoing, and the lifeguards at the beach were attentive. They have a ten minute break every hour so everyone gets out of the water and they change guards. I actually really appreciated this since it seemed to give parents and kids a time to “check in,” and the lifeguards had fresh eyes on the water.
We did the waffle breakfast a couple of times, but you can also order things like breakfast biscuits, biscuits and gravy, and bacon and sausage! The coffee was decent as well.
Our family visited Mammoth Cave for two tours on separate days and did Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (also highly recommend) but other than that we spent all of our time at Jellystone!
We didn’t end up renting a golf cart due to the price and opted to drive our car to the Ranger Station or Rec Center/Pavillion due to our daughter’s disability, but depending on where you stay, the walk isn’t too terrible. Of course, golf carts are lots of fun and my son was looking at them longingly. Maybe next time! We would love to go again and the kids are already asking if we can go next year."