Mississippi may be the birthplace of The Blues, but it’s also a camper’s paradise. With an abundance of streams, rivers—most notably the mighty Mississippi River—and miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a seemingly never-ending array of national forests, parks and wildlife refuges, camping in Mississippi should be on every camping enthusiast’s bucket list.
Nicknamed “The Magnolia State” Mississippi is one of the most sought-after destinations for wildlife photographers and bird watchers alike. And if you’re a music fan, the state has a ton of terrific music festivals to plan your next camping trip around.
One of the most popular areas for camping in Mississippi is along the forests of the Natchez Trace, as the southern part of this historic trail runs right through almost the entire state.
Divided into nine sections named after nearby cities and towns, the Natchez Trace is the ideal place to explore Mississippi’s Native American history. Pharr Mounds, located on the Tishomingo-Belmont section of the Natchez Trace, is an ancient burial ground used by nomadic tribes between 100 and 1200 A.D. Another section—Donivan Slough—displays the wonders of Mississippi’s tulip poplars, sycamores and water oaks among the state’s swampy bottomlands.
If you’re an avid camper in the southeast, you’ve most likely camped in the Cumberland Mountains, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a little elevation. Though Mississippi is a relatively flat state, it doesn’t mean there aren’t mountains. You just have to know where to look.
The town of Iuka, Mississippi has plenty of great camping areas and is located near historic Woodall Mountain. As the state’s highest point—a modest 806 feet—privately-owned Woodall Mountain may not compare to the Cumberland Mountains in size, but its Civil War history is legendary. And with activities such as rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and even disc golf close by, it’s a great way to get the best of all that camping in Mississippi has to offer.
So, come discover the south’s warmest welcome and see how camping in Mississippi feels like coming home.
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we were here 2 nights the weather was bad so we didn't have the option of going to the beach . the campsite was plain and everyone on top of each other. Laundry rooms and bathrooms were clean . there is a train that goes by every night so if your a light sleeper beware
We enjoyed this camp because there was something for the whole family. Pools, waterslides, beach, fishing… It was a really fun place to go. There were plenty of shaded campsites. There are usually a lot of kids going back and forth to all of the activities, especially in the summer.
There is not a lot to do in the campground, but it is close to a lot of things. We had nice shade for our tent. The park was full but really quiet. There were mostly older people there when we went. It was a nice place to relax. Not far from the beach and entertainment.
This park is in the middle of Jackson, but we couldn’t tell from the serenity of our camping site. We were situated right on the water and enjoyed a breathtaking sunset. We had fun riding bikes around the lake and my kids enjoyed the playground. Bathrooms were about what you’d expect in a park - serviceable but not pristine. No problem with hot water in the shower. Children’s museum and other attractions were in the immediate vicinity, but we were just in for an overnight stay and didn’t take advantage.
It's been a few years. It was safe and friendly vibe. The staff was strict in enforcing rules. I enjoyed my stay. Locals will post up here. There was a pool.
Easy access from town and nearby aquarium and art museums. Great drive on 90 along the beach to get there. Check out the small but interesting William Anderson art museum close by the campground. Park was full but sites are well spaced. Clean bathroom with separate shower rooms. Easy walk to the shoreline for bird watching. Some hikes in the campground closed (due to overdue maintenance IMHO).Very friendly ranger checked us in.
Thankful it was for a night over only. Far too many long termers. I mean when their stinky slinky is replaced with rigid 4" pvc they're not here for the weekend. Nice large level concrete pads with some growies between sites. I got the impression that it used to be a top notch RVPark and now it's going to pot. Not our style at all It is a run down RV park. Not a campground.
Cell signal was good, but no OTA TV.