Hickory Hills Campground, a family run 41-year-old  facility in Spencer, Ind., has joined the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort chain.

“Joining Jellystone will give us a broader marketing capability,” said Vickie Maxey, the daughter of Victor and Maxine Holt who built the park in 1973.

According to a press release, Maxey and her brother, Jerry Holt, purchased the park from their parents in 2003, but Vickie bought out her brother’s interest and has been running the park on her own since 2007.

And while the park has focused on seasonal campers who rent campsites for months at a time, Maxey said the conversion to a Jellystone Park will enable her to shift her business more to overnight and short-term family campers.

“We have a social director and have activities. But we’re going to be raising the bar quite a bit,” she said.

Jellystone Parks are famous for providing fun, family activities and themed weekends that include everything from crafts and games to wagon rides, birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi Bear.

The campground borders Mill Creek with horseback riding, hiking, and boating close by.  For more information about the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Spencer click here.