How Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Is Adapting to COVID-19 Guidelines

The chain of parks has modified operations
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Tiffany Wolff

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, a fun getaway 90 minutes from Charlotte in Golden Valley, has family-friendly activities to entertain kids in the not-too-wild wilderness. As we emerge from months of stay-at-home orders and homeschooling, it’s a great place to shake off some cabin fever. But in the summer of COVID-19, the park has modified some of its operations. Here’s what parents need to know about the upcoming season.


The following activities are open:

  • Lake activities (boating, swimming, and fishing)
  • Scavenger hunts and arts and crafts are available for take-out from the Arts and Crafts Building.
  • Gaga ball is open to guests within the same family or who reside together and bring their own equipment.
  • As of May 22, the water zone and swimming pool are open, but guests must sign up for swim times at the Ranger Station.
  • Gem mining is open but limited to three people at one time.
  • Basketball, pickleball, tennis, and volleyball are open to guests who bring their own equipment.
  • LAZER Tag, giant chess, and jumping pillow and pad are open with social distancing guidelines.

Tiffany Wolff

Onsite dining:

  • Creekside Café and Blue Ridge Tavern are open for take-out only.


Social distancing efforts:

  • The Ranger Station, which serves as the park gift shop and store, only permits entry to 10 guests at a time.
  • A maximum of 10 guests may occupy one camping site at a time.
  • The playground is currently closed.


Cleaning efforts:

  • The park has stepped up cleaning efforts and regularly disinfects light switches, door handles, pens, tables, chairs, and pool areas.
  • Guests are encouraged to clean and disinfect frequently used items, avoid touching faces, thoroughly wash hands, and remain home if ill.


Planning your visit:

  • Day passes are not currently available.
  • Visit the website for details on modifying reservations, refunds, and cancelations.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Golden Valley regularly updates the website with current COVID-19 information as it relates to the park and its campers.


Other tips:

Pack hygiene items like gloves and hand sanitizer, and provisions for the trip to avoid additional shopping trips after you arrive.