Mississipi may bring to mind Spanish moss, humidity, and muddy rivers, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but this beautiful state has so much more to offer. Most of the damage to the state’s coastal destinations have been fully repaired, and are newer, better, and more beautiful. With 22 State Parks, 2 State Wildlife Areas, 8 State Wildlife Management Areas, 6 National Forests, 9 National Wildlife Refuges and a National Seashore, there are dozens of good adventure destinations and campgrounds in Mississippi. In fact, Mississippi’s State Parks are more than just good, they are award-winning. Reserve America recently released its list of it “Top 100 Campground Awards” and seven of Mississippi’s 22 State Parks made the top 100.
More than 4,000 parks and campgrounds nation-wide were reviewed and Mississippi’s already popular parks made the Top 100. John W. Kyle (Sardis), Lake Lincoln (Wesson), Percy Quin (McComb), Tishomingo (Tishomingo), LeFleur’s (Jackson), J.P. Coleman (Iuka) and Trace (Belden) State Parks earned high marks to make the Top 100. Along with the Top 100 list, several Mississippi State Parks won other awards in specific categories. To see the entire list of the 2010 Reserve America Awards received by Mississippi’s State Parks visit Reserve America’s page.
Award Winning Campgrounds in Mississippi
John W. Kyle – Campgrounds in Mississippi
4235 State Park Road
Sardis MS 38666
Phone: (662) 487-1345
One of the larger campgrounds in Mississippi, John W. Kyle has 226 campsites, including 16 premium sites with full hookups, and 184 standard sites with electric. There are also 20 rental cabins available. Located on scenic Sardis Reservoir just one hour south of Memphis. John W. Kyle State Park offers a wide array of recreational opportunities in an area abundant in natural beauty. The historic campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is just 25 miles away, making John W. Kyle state Park the perfect spot to spend a football weekend. The main park is located on upper Sardis Lake at 4235 State Park Road Sardis Ms. 38666. The campground is located on Lower Sardis Lake at 27550 Hwy 315 South Sardis Ms. 38666.
- Pull-thru Sites
- Pets Allowed
- Pool Access
- Recreational Trails
- Big Rig Access
- Tent Camping
- Full Hookup with Electric (50-30- AMP)
- Water Spigot
Lake Lincoln – Campgrounds in Mississippi
2573 Sunset Road NE
Wesson, MS 39191
Phone: (601) 643-9044
Known as a “water wonderland,” Lake Lincoln has an abundance of water access as well as 71 RV Sites, 71 Tent Sites, 22 Full Hookup, 49 Electric and Water sites (with both 30 and 50 Amp hookups). There’s a campsite for every kind of camper at Lake Lincoln. Max RV Length is 82 feet, so big rigs are welcome too. Lake Lincoln has enough sites to ensure campers have enough amenities to enjoy their stay, but it’s not so crowded as to be too noisy or busy.
There are also 4 Cabins / Cottages for those not wanting to tent it, or who don’t have an RV. All ages and pets welcome. Nestled in the shade of towering hardwood trees, Lake Lincoln State Park is the very definition of serenity. Located in the northeast corner of Lincoln County, the park’s close proximity to Interstate 55, U. S. Highway 51 and State Highway 27 provide easy access for visitors.
- Fire Pit or Fire rings with grills
- Picnic tables
- Ranger Station
- Dump Station
- Boat Ramp
Tishomingo State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
105 State Park Rd
Tishomingo, MS 38873
Phone: (662) 438-6914
Tishomingo State Park is a historic area located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s a beautiful park with good roads, lots of shade trees and no commercialization at all. The park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Uncommon to Mississippi, Tishomingo has large rock formations throughout the park. A 13-mile trail system is also available for hikers.
The park offers 62 RV campsites, a primitive campsite area, 6 cabins, 1 cottage, and a group camp facility. The campground is wooded and follows the edge of Haynes Lake. Rental cabins are located in a wooded area on the rocky bluffs above Bear Creek.
The park was recognized as one of the top 100 State Parks, but also won awards for being among the top birdwatching, canoeing, and simply “Amazing” places to visit in Mississippi. To read more about the National Recognition visit the state’s website.
- Disc golfing
- Rock climbing
- Swimming (pool)
- Field sporting
- Bird Watching
LeFleur’s Bluff – Campgrounds in Mississippi
2140 Riverside Dr
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Phone: (601) 987-3923
Named for Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the banks of the Pearl River in the late 1700s, LeFleur’s Bluff provides a lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. In addition to camping, fishing, picnic spots, and nature trails, the 305-acre park features a nine-hole golf course and a driving range. As Mississippi’s vibrant capital city Jackson combines the warmth and charm of its rich cultural heritage with exciting activities and attractions and contemporary lifestyles. Visitors to Jackson discover a diversity of museums, unlimited shopping and dining, and a calendar of events packed with activities to suit every mood. LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is comprised of the following two locations.
- Mayes Lake Campground and Day Use Area: Picnic Area and RV Campground
Address: 3315 Lakeland Terrace, Jackson, MS 39216.
- Mayes Lake Campground and Day Use Area is located on Lakeland Terrace off of Lakeland Drive.
The 28 sites available for tent and RV camping are equipped with water and electrical hook-ups. The developed camping area also features a central sewage dumping station and a bathhouse with hot showers. All campsites are available for advanced reservations. There are ten shaded primitive tent sites located near the lake and within walking distance to water and showers are available. This area is ideal for scout groups. A spacious, shaded section of the Riverside day-use area features picnic tables and grills overlooking a large playground. The park also has seven picnic pavilions available for reservation.
- Picnic tables
- Boat launching
- 9 Basket Disc golf
J.P. Coleman State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
Perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman State Park offers the finest in all types of water sports. Visitors experience unmatched sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing for Smallmouth bass in the sparkling waters of Pickwick Lake, and can enjoy camping and exploring the untamed wilderness along the banks of the Tennessee River.
Trace State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
2139 Faulkner Rd
Belden, Mississippi 38826
Phone: (662) 489-2958
Trace State Park offers 76 sites available for RV camping, featuring picnic tables, and grills. All sites have full hookups (electric, water, and sewer). There are three bathhouses with hot showers, a laundromat, and a central sewage dumping station are located in the developed camping area. A playground is located in the Deer Run Campground area. All sites are reservable. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made up to 24 months in advance by online reservations or by contacting the Park Office. Ten shaded sites along the lake and six sites in the trail area are available for primitive camping. Tent camping is also allowed in the developed campground; however, the developed camping rates apply.
Trace State Park offers a quiet, natural retreat located just minutes from the excitement of Tupelo, one of Mississippi’s fastest growing cities. The park has a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. The park is part of Mississippi’s History as land within the park was once called the home of one of America’s early and colorful pioneers, Davy Crockett. Crockett lived there as a horse trader with the Chickasaw Indians after his defeat for re-election to Congress in his home state of Tennessee. It was while living here he learned of his friend, Sam Houston’s plight in Texas and traveled there to help and was later killed in the Battle of the Alamo.
- Two playground areas
- Picnic sites
- A large picnic pavilion
- A laundry facility
- Disc golf
- Non-motorized and motorized trails
- Access to a bordering 18-hole golf course
- Water activities include a 565-acre lake
- Boat launching
- Water skiing
Other Places to Go Camping in Mississippi
Goat Island RV Park & Camp – Campgrounds in Mississippi
109 County Road 346
Phone: (662) 423-1104
Yes. There are real, live goats on Goat Island! Wildlife is abundant here, including a variety of migratory birds in spring and fall. The actual Goat Island, just across the water from Goat Island RV Park and Camp, is populated by a herd of goats which are quite friendly to visitors. Bring along some veggies or stale bread to feed the goats! Goat Island RV Park & Campground is located across from the actual Island, both on beautiful Pickwick Lake, known for its excellent bass fishing and water activities.
There are 86 camping pads for tent camping or campers. The Goat Island Campground and RV park is a former TVA campground. It has been reorganized in the last two years due to the passing of the former owner. The campground has been undergoing extensive renovations and is under new management. There are a limited number of full hookups for RVs, and a dump station. Electrical Service has been upgraded in the last year.
A concrete block restroom facility is conveniently located near the water for campers and boaters. A boat-launch ramp with plenty of parking adjoins the camping area. Situated on the banks of Pickwick Lake, the natural attraction for this campground is the fishing opportunity, both from the bank and from personal boats. The water in the vicinity of the campground is renowned for crappie fishing, and like most of Pickwick Lake, the catfish do bite well also.
- Hot showers
- Camping pads
- Dump station
- Boat launch
- Picnic area
- Swimming area (lake)
- 24-hour security
Mill Creek Marina – Campgrounds in Mississippi
313 County Road 242
Phone: (662) 423-6129
With 54 RV campsites, plus a marina located where Mill Creek spills into Pickwick Lake, Mill Creek Marina offers 90 wet storage slips, most of them covered, and a public boat launch. They also have a brand new bait shop, RV camping, and a fully furnished vacation rental. They can accommodate boats up to 30 feet long. Slip lease can be paid monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually. They have restrooms at the marina, but no showers. No pets allowed, and they do not sell diesel or gas fuel.
Percy Quin State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
One of the first state parks to be cleared and constructed in Mississippi, Percy Quin State Park not only boasts beautiful scenery but also provides several facilities for guests’ enjoyment. Facilities include picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a game room, and even an 18-hole golf course. Boating is also available as Lake Tangipahoa is located within the park.
Roosevelt State Park, Morton – Campgrounds in Mississippi
Located between Meridian and Jackson, Roosevelt State Park offers breathtaking views of Bienville National Forest as well as an array of other activities such as disc golf, a softball field, tennis courts, and nature trails. And for those water lovers, there is both a swimming pool, complete with a waterslide, and a 150-acre freshwater lake perfect for fishing, boating, and water skiing.
Tombigbee State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
264 Cabin Dr
Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
Phone: (662) 842-7669
Located just six miles south of Tupelo, Tombigbee State Park offers the finest in outdoor recreation opportunities just minutes from one of Mississippi premier shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Tupelo is the site of the bi-annual Tupelo Furniture Market, home of the Elvis Presley Birthplace; and the headquarters of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
All shopping aside, the park has 37 campsites for visitors in tents or RVs, including 20 standard sites and 4 primitive, as well as group sites and 8 rental cabins. There are dozens of adventure opportunities in the wilderness as well.
- Information Center
- Meeting Hall
- Pavilion (Picnic)
- Picnic Shelter
- Ranger Station
- Picnic Tables
- Barbeque, Briquette
- Bath House
- Boat Launch Ramp
- Disk Golf
- Dock, Boat
- Dump Station
- Fire Rings
- Fishing Lake
Cajun RV Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
1860 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39531
Phone: (877) 225-8699
Local Phone: (228) 388-5590
Located across the street from 26 miles of white sand beaches, Cajun RV Park has 130 large sites, all with sewer, water, cable and Wifi. Pull-thrus for larger rigs are available. Each site is 30/50amp equipped.
- Free Wifi
- Complimentary cable TV
- Complimentary coffee & danish each morning In lounge
- Swimming pool
- 2 Large lighted Pavilions
- Outdoor fireplace
- Centrally located to many attractions, including casinos, restaurants and shopping
- Dog Park
- Most Pets Welcome – Pet Restrictions
- Propane available
- Complimentary shuttle to Treasure Bay Casino
- Seasonal park activities for registered guests
Clark Creek Nature Area – Campgrounds in Mississippi
HWY 969 & Hwy 24
Pond, MS 39056
Phone: (601) 888-6040
Located in southwestern Mississippi, the sprawling 700-acre Clark Creek Natural Area is best known for its beautiful waterfalls. Yes. Waterfalls. With over 50 waterfalls that range in height from 10 to more than 30 feet in height, this natural area is definitely worth the trip.
Wall Doxey State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
3946 Highway 7 S
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Phone: (662) 252-4231
Wall Doxey’s 91 campsites are centered around a gorgeous 60-acre, spring-fed lake that is perfect for boating and fishing as well as camping. There are 10 rental cabins, and 62 standard camping sites, as well as 17 primitive sites.
Located just 40 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, visitors have access to an array of area attractions, shopping, and restaurants as well as camping, hiking, and fishing. Those not wanting to spend a lot of time traveling to see the sites can go just seven miles down the road and visit the historic antebellum home in Holly Springs. And for those football fans wanting to attend a fall football game and still tailgate in mother-nature, the Ole Miss campus is just a mere 25-minute drive away.
- Tables – picnic
- Bike Trails
- Boating Launch Ramps
- Camping Primitive
- Golf Course
- Ranger Station
- Shelter (picnic)
- Playing field
Buccaneer State Park – Campgrounds in Mississippi
1150 S Beach Blvd
Waveland, Mississippi 39576
Phone: (228) 467-3822
Buccaneer State Park is mad close to New Orleans, so if you’re thinking about combining camping and the French Quarter, this is your campground. With 272 sites, you almost don’t have to leave the campgrounds to enjoy everything the area has to offer.
When Hurricane Katrinia hit Mississippi in August of 2005 winds of over 160 MPH and a tidal surge of nearly 30 feet completely destroyed all of Buccaneer State Park’s structures, waterpark and support facilities. Nearly 8,000 trees were lost due to wind and tidal surge from the hurricane. Four years of new growth has changed the look of the park, but it still provides an opportunity for visitors to see nature in its most natural setting. There is a 1.8 mile self-guided trail that leads hikers past many species of Oaks, Sweet Bay Magnolias and a variety of indigenous plants of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A pier and gazebo extend over Mud Bayou’s canal where visitors may spot some Brown Pelicans, Egrets or feeding Blue Crabs.
Park Details –
The park has been under varying stages of reconstruction over the last eight years. The good news is, the final phase of reconstruction was completed in November of 2013. Buccaneer has been beautifully restored.
Numerous changes within the campground as well as the park have taken place as well. Today, the park has 206 premium campsites with full amenities including sewer, water, and electric. In addition to the premium sites, Buccaneer has an additional 70 campsites that are set on a grassy field overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The views are amazing, but they only offer water and electricity, and are only open on a limited basis. You can’t reserve them. They are only available through the park office by walk-in only. A central dumping station and restrooms are located nearby.
Twenty-five primitive campsites are nestled in the back of the Royal Cay camp area. Completely primitive, these sites have no services. However, restroom facilities are available and are located within 100 yards of the primitive camping area
Three newly designed bathhouses have been built to replace the original bathhouses Hurricane Katrina destroyed. The bathhouses have hot showers, are ADA accessible and are conveniently located throughout Buccaneer’s campground.
Pavilion 3 is located on the main park across from Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. This covered pavilion has ADA accessible restrooms, 8 picnic tables and is large enough to seat about 75 people. Pavilion #3 would make an ideal location for family reunion, company outing or any outdoor function. While Pavilion 1 is located in the park’s Day Use Area and offers the same features as Pavilion 3. Pavilion 2, an ideal spot for birthday parties, is a stand-alone shelter located inside beautiful Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. Outside food and beverage is not permitted at this pavilion. Food may be purchased at the Sea Dog Galley food court, located next to the wave pool.
Nearby Store –
There’s no need to leave the campground for supplies. A seasonal campstore is available with standard camping supplies, convenience store items, ice, souvenirs and casual clothing – t-shirts etc.. A seasonal activities center within the complex will keep your kids engaged with video games, pool tables, ping pong and foosh-ball. There is a seasonal swimming pool as well. There are restrooms and a laundry room within the complex.
Do you love disc golf? You’ll love the park’s 6359 ftoot, Par 3, 18-Hole disc golf course. The course has tight and open fairways, natural obstacles and holes that come into play along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Challenging for the mose experienced disc golfer, it’s still fun for beginners too.
If you’re looking for things to do in and around New Orleans – there’s plenty of sights to see:
- New Orleans French Quarter
- French Market
- Aquarium of the Americas
- Stennis-Sphere, NASA
- Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
- World War II D-Day Museum
- Beauvoir Jefferson Davis Shrine
- Nerids Mardi Gras Parade, Waveland
- Blessing of the Fleet, Biloxi