Tabor City campground roars back after pandemic

Jellystone has been a destination for families and campers for more than 20 years. (Courtesy photo)
Jellystone has been a destination for families and campers for more than 20 years. (Courtesy photo)

Like all campgrounds, Jellystone Park was shut down during April 2020 due to COVID-19, but the new season is already one of the busiest in years.


Just a short drive down Richard Wright Road, hidden away amid the tall Pines is a secret getaway. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is bursting with activity during the summer and long into the fall. Though the private campgrounds require no membership, they do require a reservation, and each event is by reservation only. 

The park has a mini golf course, fishing ponds and two pools for guests to enjoy.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Tabor City was founded by two brothers, Joey and Rick Coleman, and has been in business for 22 years. Though the campground shut down in April 2020 during the Covid-19 pamndemic, they came back full throttle.

“We shut down for the month of April like everyone else,” said Rebecca Murphy, Jellystone’s general manager,. “That hit us hard because it was during spring break and Easter, but by the time we could open the doors again, camping had become extremely popular and we got extremely busy.” 

The food and crafts festival coming up on June 12 is just one of the many activities Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park has planned for 2021, which has weekly themes.

 This week’s theme is “Under the Sea.” The campground features an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, water slides for kids, miniature golf, nature trails, and nine fishing ponds for some catch and release fishing to pass the time.  

For those who prefer to camp in the cooler weather, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground hosts a six-week Halloween event that runs September until the end of October. For more information on the park, visit their website at www.taborcityjellystone.com .

Aerial view of Jellystone. (Courtesy photo)
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