Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines near Tyler offers possibilities for staycations and special events beneath the peaceful piney woods. An award-winning venue, the resort offers a setting for special events, family gatherings, and corporate retreats.

Every Saturday in October, Jellystone is hosting Hey Rides through a Magic Pumpkin Patch, hands-on crafts and activities, and a costume party and trunk or treat with an opportunity to meet Yogi Bear. The evening concludes with an outdoor movie and a walk through the Haunted Woods.

The resort features 100 RV hook-ups, 33 cabins, a retail store, a laundry facility, and several family-friendly activities, including swimming pools, a water park, miniature golf, sand volleyball, pickleball and basketball courts, gem mining, and laser tag. Nature trails, outdoor game areas, a catch-and-release fishing pond, and indoor conference rooms are also located on the resort’s 100-acre grounds.

Owners Don and Jan West Tardy purchased Whispering Pines in 2012 and began making renovations. Soon after, the resort became part of the Jellystone Park franchise, and is still adding activities. The resort is limiting the number of participants to allow for social distancing and is requiring everyone to wear face masks on Hey Rides.

Jellystone Park is located north of Tyler, between Tyler State Park and Hawkins, Texas. For information, visit their site at or call (903) 858-2405.

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