Shana D.

The Dyrt Pro

Southaven, MS

Joined August 2018

Avid hiker, nature lover, and tiny camper owner. I'm always searching for a new place to explore. I'm a sucker for rocky creeks and waterfalls.

Loved the hiking trails!

Beautiful state park with awesome hiking trails! The campground was just ok. No water hook ups, but you can fill your tank and there is a dump station. Sadly, there is no visitors center.

The center of the campground has sites that either back up to the. Amp ground road or back up to the campsite behind you. They are pretty close together. Great for groups camping together. Not so great if you want a little bit of privacy. We had one of the few semi private sites. Will definitely return to camp and hike here again!

Walking distance to town

We did not stay here, but they allowed us to use their dump station for a $5 fee so we had the chance to take a look around. This is a great option if you cannot get a site inside the park or if you want hook ups. They have several different styles of sites from tent sites to full hook ups and cabins. Some sites were in the sun, but lots of sites had shade trees.

No showers!

We had what we (and the camp host) considers the best site in the whole campground! The views are incredible! We saw the wild horses from camp every single day. No bison, but saw plenty in the park. . This campground has very limited services. There is a water filling station across from the camp host and also several other water filling sites throughout the campground. There is no dump station for RV’s so we pod $5 to use the one at Medora Campground in town. There is a newer bathroom facility in the middle of the campground with several trails that lead to it, but I just can’t believe that they didn’t include a shower! So many people tent camping that I was extremely surprised by this. . Tip: use Google maps to “drive thru” this campground to see what your site looks like ahead of time if it is important to you.

The playground!

We stayed here one night as we were just passing through. The park is really nice and the playgrounds are the nicest I have ever seen! I even had to take my turn on the swings and down the slide. . The new campground is nice with full hook ups, however this is not your normal state park style camping. This is full on RV parking lot with campers stacked on top of each other. I’m never a fan of sitting at my picnic table to eat 8 foot away from someone dumping their sewer tanks. That’s the only con I see here. Luckily we had one of the end sites.

Last minute stay

We pulled in after a last minute decision to drive to the Badlands on a holiday weekend. They had one site left with electric hook ups. Lucky for us, our camper is small so we fit into the site. It was an end site with a view of the Badlands! . The guy who checked us in was extremely nice! The facilities were great and the location to the Badlands can’t be beat for being outside of the park. . Bonus: They had a swimming pool and also a small cafe that served breakfast. We did not eat, but glad the option was there.

Well kept

Beautiful, well maintained campground. Lots of different site to include pull thru, back in, walk in tent sites and a group site. New bathroom on site. Walking distance to the cannonball creations. There is also a dump station here unlike Cottonwood Camp in the South unit.

Gorgeous park!

The scenery here is incredible! Beautiful views from the campground. Also there is a really awesome disc golf course. I don’t play, but I want to play here!

Riverside

We did not stay here, but I snapped a few photos from the other side of the riverbank. Posting because we were just passing through and I wanted to share the pics.

Huge!

This place is huge! We stayed here for one night on a cross country road trip. This is definitely a popular local campground. Lots of different sites to choose from (Primitive to fill book up). We had a full hook up site that was nice and back up to a tree line. Most of the sites back up to your neighbors and a lot of sites were very close together. . Clean, individual stall bathrooms. Very nice lady working the check in booth. Swim beach is also a hot spot.

Quiet campground

We feel like we scored the best site in the campground by sheer luck. The even number sites along the open field side give you great views to be able to bird watch and wildlife viewing. . The bathhouse was clean. There is a dump station and a couple of places to fill your fresh water tanks if you are in a RV. . I do wish there was better access to the river from the campground. The trails didn’t really take you to the river.

Amazing!

So many great back country campsites in Big Bend! The park is massive and I appreciate the many options that are provided for people to get out of the RV campgrounds and out in solitude. . Every campsite we saw in the back country had a bear box on site. Obviously no other facilities.

Great location

This is a back country campsite, however, it is not far off the main road and sees a fair amount of traffic for the Balanced Rock Trailhead. This is still a great location for Primative/back country camping for those that want solitude and privacy. There is a bear box on site.

Classic National Park camping

We had an amazing time camping at the Rio Grand Campground. Posting my review of the Primative campground here as it is not to be confused with the privately owned parking lot RV campground next to the store and laundry house. . I love the fact that we could access the Nature Trail from camp. Sunrise and sunset hikes to the top of the lookout were incredible! . The wildlife in camp was great! So many different birds! It was also fun to see the javelinas and the grazing cows. . The bathroom was relatively clean and there is a separate sink for washing dishes. No showers, flush toilets only. Showers can be purchased at the camp store. . We will definitely stay here again!

Great campground

This was our first time staying here. We were in town for a music festival and picked this park based on location. We loved the water views from our site and the fact that each site had a covered picnic table area. The campground and bathrooms were clean during our visit. The lady working the gate was very nice as well.

Camping at the beach!

Our first time camping at the beach and it was amazing! The campground is crowded and lacks privacy, but we are only here to sleep!

The camp hosts we out working all day and greeted us at both campsites we stayed at (had to move one night to extend our stay).

The bathrooms stayed clean the whole time we were there. There is also a dish washing sink at the bathhouse.

I loved being able to ride my bike via the FCT to get to different beaches or to ride around the Fort extremely early in the morning. So peaceful!

Convenient to I55

We stayed here for one night as we were just passing through on a longer road trip. This was one of the better state park campgrounds in Mississippi that we have visited. The sites were clean and spacious. The ladies bathroom was a complete disaster though. It appears as it if hadn’t been cleaned in days and all the toilets were “full”. Gross! The dump station also smelled horrendous, so we just kept driving as we didn’t have much to dump. This would normally be a 3 star for me, but giving 4 stars compared to other MS State Parks north of this location.

Location

The location is everything! The RV park is super nice, but the fact that you are in the middle of all the restaurants, public beach and shops is the real winner here. Wash your cares away at numerous tiki bars basically onsite and then walk back to your camper. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this isn’t the place for you. If you are looking for a libel place to stay, then look no further!

Classing NP Camping

This is a remote campground close to Santa Elena Canyon. There is a very small store next the the nearby visitors center with a small selection of drinks, snacks and food plus a microwave. The campground had lots of birdwatchers! Some areas were flooded due to irrigation. This campground only has out toilets, fyi! You can’t beat the location though!!

Average parking lot camping outside of a NP

We had a reservation for 2 nights here, but ended up cancelling last minute because we snagged a campsite inside the park. We stopped in to make the cancellation in person. I was cancelling less than 72 hours of arrival, so I knew that I would loose my deposit based on their written cancellation policy. However, they have yet to give me a refund for the additional night outside of my deposit night and treated me as if I wasn’t owed any refund. The lady at the desk sent an email to someone to “see” if I could get the 2nd night refunded. A week later there has been no response. . We drove through the campground while we were here. While it offered hook ups and a place to park, it was pretty much a dirt parking lot outside of that.

Secluded with hiking traffic

This is an awesome site that is somewhat excluded. You are going to experience some traffic due to this campsite is also at the trailhead for the Tinajas. According to a park ranger, Old Ore Rd is the 2nd roughest road in the park. It requires a high clearance 4x4. We aired down our tires and averaged about 9 miles per hour. It took us about an hour to drive the 4 miles starting from the South driving North. There is no shade at this site.