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Review of Jelly Stone Campground in Tyler, TX

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

We chose this campground for its proximity to Tyler State Park when we were unable to stay inside the park on a mountain biking trip. It held an interesting surprise for us in the morning and some annoyances at night. Overall, it is a clean and extremely family-friendly campground. There are so many things for kids to be entertained by here: Mini golf, laser tag, a blob, two swimming pools (an adult pool and a family pool), sand volleyball, basketball court, gem mining, nature trails, outdoor game areas, as well as three meeting rooms, laundry room, and a retail store. They have 33 cabins for rent as well as 100 camping sites for tents and RVs with full hookups. Some site are available for long-term stays. The bathrooms were clean with 3 stalls, 2 sinks, and 2 showers each.

Check in was very fast, friendly, and their parking lot in front of the store has spots just for cars and two pull-thru spots for RVs. Those pull-thru RV spots are a wonderful idea. The camp store has a few things that are handy if you're new to camping and didn't quite know what you needed to bring but is mostly filled with souvenirs. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful and they are extremely organized with the reservations.

The RV sites have 30/50 amp hookups, water, and sewer. They are concrete and level with fire pits and picnic tables, some have lighted patios. There is grass between each site. The size of these sites, we think, are medium. There is room to walk between two class As parked in side-by-side sites, but not much. If you must have privacy, these are likely not the right sites for you. There were constantly kids and loose dogs running through our site. The only other down-side that we found was at night there seemed to be a dog that lives across the street who barked all-night-long. Our site was right up front and it is completely possible that a site farther to the back of the campground, closer to the long-term sites, would not have this issue.

On the heels of that information, I will tell you about the most magical thing to happen to us since camping - ever. We woke up in the morning after not much sleep, so admittedly a little grumpy. We opened the kitchen and started the coffee, as the first cup started brewing we heard the most amazing sound. At first we didn't know what it was, Dominic said that he had heard it some at night but still didn't know what it was. We listened for a while when suddenly I remembered a sign that we had passed on the way to the campground for a tiger rescue. We were hearing tigers roaring for their breakfast! We sat and listened to them while we drank our coffee.

If you are looking for a family-friendly campground that is clean and has a ton of activities self-contained within the gates, this could be your next trip. We suggest trying for a site farther away from the store for a more quiet night. This campground is well kept and we recommend a stop by if you're in the area.

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