Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort in Tyler, Texas, will become the fifth Texas campground to join the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network of family focused campgrounds.
The 30-year-old park, which has 133 RV sites and 18 park model cabins, has long been a favorite of Texas families, who enjoy the park’s lineup of themed weekends and special events from Easter through Halloween, according to a news release.
Don and Jan Tardy, who acquired the park in May, said they wanted to join Jellystone Park chain to expand their marketing reach.
“I like the concept of Jellystone Park and I want to emphasize the fact that we are a park that caters to families,” Don Tardy said, adding that Whispering Pines will officially join the Jellystone Park chain on Jan. 1.
Jellystone Parks are famous for offering fun family activities that include everything from crafts and games to “hey rides,” birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi.
The Tardys, who run the park with their adult children, Colt and Bree Perrin, already have a head start on the family activities and nice amenities, including two salt water swimming pools and a fishing pond, which is stocked with perch, bass and brim. But they plan to make more improvements to the park in preparation for the upcoming camping season.
“We’re about to add five more cabins and we have plans for other activities, including laser tag and a zip line,” Tardy said. “We will also put in a beach around our pond and add paddle boats, which we hope to have done by summertime. We also hope to eventually have a train.”
Whispering Pines also has four large meeting rooms with separate kitchens to accommodate large groups. Other amenities include basketball, horseshoe, ping pong, shuffleboard and volleyball courts, a camp store and a poolside cafe.
Tardy said his market primarily involves the area between Dallas and Shreveport, La. Other Texas Jellystone Parks are located in Burleson, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Waller.