Come on, Boo Boo, it’s time to get wet!
On Monday (June 29) the water features at the award-winning Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Mammoth Cave will reopen, including its swimming pools, splash pads, its 300-foot long waterslide and Karst Beach, a 2.3-acre man-made pond and splash beach, according to park officials.
The Wibit at Karst Beach, a 110-foot by 130-foot long floating sports park with water trampolines and slides, will open when the park is able to employ sufficient lifeguards to operate the sports park safely.
“You can’t believe how excited we are to fully open our park,” said Bill Pott, who owns and operates the popular Yogi Bear-themed campground with his wife, Kay, and daughter, Emily Moss.
The Potts received the highest award in the campground business in Nov. 2019, the Park of the Year Award from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). That same month, they also received the highest award in the Jellystone Park franchise network, the Camp-Resort of the Year Award from Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), which franchises 75 Jellystone Park locations across the U.S. and Canada.
The Potts achieved this recognition after completing a 30-month, $10.1 million expansion that included the addition of a new 2.3-acre man-made pond and splash beach with a 110-foot by 130-foot long Wibit floating sports park with water trampolines and slides.
They also added three additional playgrounds, three new bathhouses, a pedal cart track, and day-use pet kennels. A major new building was also added encompassing registration, offices, and a retail area called Huckleberry Knob, which includes souvenirs, gifts, toys, and other items. Food options are also housed in the new building, including Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Swirlstation ice cream.
The Potts completed the expansion last summer with the opening of 100 additional campsites and 20 additional cabins, which increased the park’s total to 223 campsites and 94 cabins.
The Cave City Jellystone Park location has received national attention in recent years. U.S. News & World Report named it one of “The 8 Coolest Campgrounds for Families” in 2016 while the Travel Channel named it one of the 10 best campgrounds for families in 2015. Last August, Forbes noted the park as one of five adventurous resorts in the world with waterslides that go straight into a tropical lagoon, lake, or river.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave, which first opened in 1974, is one of the oldest locations in the Jellystone Park network, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The Potts acquired the park in 2004 and have continually made improvements to it.
For more information, please visit www.jellystonemammothcave.com.