If you’re new to camping, or have never been to Jellystone Park™ Williamsport, there may be some camping terminology you come across on our website in which you’re not sure what it means. Have no fear though—we’ve compiled a list of these common camping terms to help while planning your family camping vacation to Jellystone Park™!

RV Camping Terminology

Full Hook-Ups: With a full hook-up RV site, you’ll have access to all the necessities during your camping trip—water, electric, and sewer utilities. Full hook-up sites provide ease and comfort during your RV getaway.

Back-In Site: When choosing your RV site, you may end up going with a back-in site. Back-in RV sites are exactly what they sound like—the driver of the RV will be required to back-in to the campsite.

Pull-Thru Site: Pull-thru RV sites differ from back-in sites because RV drivers are able to enter from one side of the site and exit from the other. No backing in required and no “I’m sorry for what I said when trying to park the camper.”

Slide-Outs: Chances are if you’re an RV owner, you’ll know if your rig has slide-outs or not. A variety of RVs have slide-outs (they can be on the driver and/or passenger side), that come out once an RV is settled on a campsite to provide those inside with more living space.

Jellystone Park™ Terminology

Comfort Station: Also, known as bathrooms or bathhouses, Comfort Stations provide RV and tent campers with an extra place to wash up during their trip. Check out our campground map to see where all of our Comfort Stations are located!

Ranger Station: This is an important place for Jellystone Park™ Williamsport campers to know about. At the Ranger Station, guests can grab camping necessities, groceries, Yogi Bear™ swag, and more!

Bark Park: Our furry, four-legged friends love camping, too! If your family pet tags along on your next trip, they’re sure to enjoy running and playing in our fenced-in Bark Park (also known as a dog park)!

Bear Visits: Looking to make your time at Jellystone Park™ even more special? You can schedule a Bear Visit and one of our Bears will visit your campsite or cabin! *Subject to availability, requires an additional fee.

Hydrostorm: Head on over to the Water Zone during your stay to check out the hydrostorm. Caution: Stand under it and you’re guaranteed to get soaked! It periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it providing the ultimate way to cool off this summer!

Peak Season: The summer season at Jellystone Park™, also known as peak season, is when our activities and amenities are in full swing! During peak season, June 12 – August 30, campers can enjoy extended hours at facilities like the Campfire Canteen, daily themed activities like arts & crafts, the use of the water amenities, daily hugs from our beloved Bears, and more! Peak season is also the busiest time of the year because kids are out of school for the summer.

Non-Peak Season: Spring and fall is when our non-peak season occurs. With non-peak season comes a quieter Camp-Resort, cheaper rates, and cooler weather.

General Terminology

Glamping: A combination of “glamorous” and “camping”, Glamping describes a style of camping with additional amenities and comforts that are often not associated with traditional camping. At Jellystone Park™ Williamsport a glamping experience can be found at one of our cabins! Enjoy cable TV, AC/heating, kitchens/kitchenettes, and more!

Gaga Ball: Gaga what? Gaga Ball is a popular activity often found at campgrounds. It can be defined as a kinder, gentler version of dodge ball, and is played in an octagon-shaped pit with a soft foam or rubber ball. Gather up your family and friends—the more players, the better!

Barrier Free: When searching for cabin rentals, you might come across the term “barrier free”. This means that the cabin type is ADA accessible! Learn about our barrier free cabins here!

While this list of camping terms may not be all inclusive, we hope it helps you feel more in the loop while planning your next camping getaway to Jellystone Park™ Williamsport. If you have any questions during your booking process, you can find a bunch of answers on our FAQs page or don’t hesitate to call our reservations team a call at (301) 223-7117!