Ocean Springs, MS

Joined June 2019

Single mom taking adventures with my two boys.

Large campground with close sites

This is a large campground with many spots. We were able to find a camping site on July 4, 2019 with no reservation in advance. Our neighbors were close with little privacy. Thankfully they were quiet and we were too tired to care. The spots had a table and fire pit and weren’t far from the restrooms. No showers available.

Be aware that this differs from many park sites where instead of clipping your envelope to the post at your site, you placed your receipt in a display at a central hub for that loop.

All in all a good campground since there were so many spots still available on a holiday. Close to some easy waterfall hikes and the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

Enjoyable tent camping I

We were assigned site 6. We were surrounded on 3 sides by woods but had neighbors directly across from us and diagonally. We were there for Mother’s Day weekend, which was cooler than normal with lows in the 50s. Friday night it rained and was quiet. Saturday the park was very busy, partly because things were finally opening up after quarantine. Mostly easy hiking with a variety of distances throughout the park from the campground. Boat tours not running when we were there. There is a boat launch if you want to bring your own. Bathhouse has restrooms on one side and showers on the other. The bathhouse serves as the public restroom for day use as well which made it very crowded at times. Food truck on Saturday for lunch was a nice surprise. Would go back again!

Stumbled upon a yurt

We didn’t have a reservation for the campground the afternoon we decided to stop in July. To reserve a yurt typically requires a minimum of two nights. We were fortunate to get a yurt (number 7) for one night in July as a walk in. The ranger was shocked as they are usually sold out months in advance. There is a fire pit and picnic table outside each yurt. The flaps on the windows can be rolled up and down to adjust the airflow. The bathhouse is within walking distance but showed full quickly in the morning. This was a nice park with several things to see and do. Would stay here again if in the area.