Jellystone logo

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is expanding near Knoxville, Tennessee, with a new location on Watts Bar Lake in Loudon, scheduled to open this summer.

In addition to being only 40 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the new resort is within a few hours’ drive of Chattanooga, Nashville and Atlanta. It also is less than 90 minutes from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Watts Bar Lake Jellystone Park is situated on 74 hilly, heavily wooded acres. With 263 sites, it will be one of the largest family-focused camping, glamping and RV resorts in Tennessee, the company said. A variety of sites will be available for RVers, including luxury pull-through pads. Completely equipped glamping cabins overlook the lake and will offer hotel-style furnishings, air conditioning, linens, full bathrooms and kitchens.

A rendering of the new location. Photo courtesy of Jellystone Park.

“Families can look forward to a vacation experience like no other in the area,” said Troy Sheppard, chief operating officer for Great Escapes RV Resorts, which is building the resort and will operate it. Great Escapes owns and operates eight other Jellystone Park locations. “The Watts Bar Lake Jellystone Park, with its expansive lake views, is absolutely stunning and will offer families everything they need to create lifelong memories.”

The year-round resort also will include a dog park, golf cart rentals, a retail store, a café, an activities center, a special events room for parties and private family gatherings, bathhouses and laundry facilities.

A jumping pillow and playground as well as gaga ball, pickleball, sand volleyball and basketball courts, will be added in a future phase.

“The Watts Bar Lake Jellystone Park location will absolutely amaze guests,” said Rob Schutter, president of Camp Jellystone, which franchises the brand. “The park’s scenery is spectacular, and the cabins, RV sites, pools, splashground and other attractions will thrill both kids and parents alike.”

Reservations for summer stays will open soon. Updates on the opening date will be posted to the location’s website at


Hey RV Guys - Helping one RV'er at a time!

This Campgrounds | New Jellystone Park Camp-Resort To Be Among Tennessee’s Largest ~ RV Pro Staff was originally posted on: