Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Turkey Fork

The Turkey Fork Recreation Area is nestled in the tall pines around an inviting 240-acre lake.  Turkey Fork Lake provides excellent fishing, swimming and boating opportunities.  The lake is stocked with catfish, bass, and bluegill.  Recreational opportunities at Turkey Fork include fishing, water sports, camping, picnicking, and hiking.  Special features can be found at each activity area.  With all of these opportunities, a visit to Turkey Fork Recreation Area will provide its visitors with an enjoyable outdoor experience and memories to take home.

$7.00 - $20.00
National Forest
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
No Pull-Through Sites
Turkey Fork is located in Mississippi
31.3367 N
-88.6969 W
Get Directions
Turkey Fork Recreation Area is located approximately 40 miles from Hattiesburg, MS, 44 miles from Laurel, MS, and 75 miles from Mobile, Alabama. From Hattiesburg, MS, travel east on U.S. Hwy. 42 approximately 21 miles to Richton.  From Richton, continue east on Hwy. 42 approximately 12 miles to Sandhill. Follow the signs from Sandhill. From Laurel, MS, travel south on Hwy. 15 approximately 27 miles to Richton. Turn left onto U.S. Hwy 42 and follow the above directions from Richton to Turkey Fork. From Mobile, Alabama, drive approximately 55 miles on U.S. Hwy. 45 North to the MS-AL state lines and travel west on Hwy. 42 for 19 miles to Turkey Fork Road. Turn left (south) and travel two miles to Turkey Fork Recreation Area.
5 Reviews of Turkey Fork
Awesome spot

Very clean and quiet. Rangers were present at all times but not bugging anyone. I will be back here. There wasn’t a lot of fish biting. Still a great relaxing place.

Quiet, Clean and Spacious

We ventured to this campground not knowing what to expect. It did not disappoint! The sites were spaced further apart than many of the other campgrounds we've been. It was quite and peaceful. There were only a few other folks camping at the same time as us but we spoke to a Park Ranger who mentioned it does fill up sometimes on peak weekends. We camp in a pop-up so we rely on the bath houses - these were clean and the showers were hot! Each site had a picnic table and fire ring which also seconds as a grill. I didn't scout out every site but ours was in excellent condition.  They don't "over-manicure" the space between the lake and campsites so it feels more natural and tucked into nature than other places we've been (which we prefer). Better for the environment.  Each RV site had a decent sized parking pad, water hook up, electric hook up; no greywater drain so make sure you take a basin. The sewer dump/trash are located just as you exit the campground like most places. There's also a primitive section where you park in a lot and walk to your site (those were $7/night). We were there during the 2020 Covid debacle so payment was made to the honor box. I assume it's always like that but that may not be true when there isn't a pandemic.  There are two different swimming areas and a boat dock just across the lake from the camp. Highly recommend!

De Soto National Forest

This is a nice little fishing-focused area within the northern part of large national forest. The large lake has swimming, fishing, and boating so plan to be on the water all day. There is a nice shady area along the lake with picnic tables and grills. The hiking trail is very short. We spent half a day here relaxing while on a road trip and the mellow atmosphere was just perfect. Convenient to and from Hattiesburg/rt 59 as well as from Mobile.

Yay: Campground is nice and shady and all the sites are close to the water. Clean with basic facilities. Simple but nice nature setting. Close to trails in the national forest.

Nay: No complaints, but if you don’t have a boat there’s not much to do on site.

Surprise: They stock the lake with fish. Loved walking out onto the pier.

Fishing, Camping

Had a blast here. With great camper lots, scenic fishing spots, and friendly park staff me and my family thouroughly enjoyed our stay at this park.

First to Review
Turkey fork

Cold front shut the fish off