Mississippi

State Park Campground Guide

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Unique landscapes, history, and culture attract visitors to the Southern state of Mississippi, where the natural attractions include the pristine sandy beaches and wetlands of the Gulf Coast, majestic oak forests, swamps, lakes, and the Mississippi Delta. 

While it may not spring first to mind as a camping destination, Mississippi nonetheless has a wide array of camping opportunities, from backcountry sites to RV resorts full of amenities. Mississippi state parks offer almost 20 campgrounds, highlighting lesser-known natural and historical places of interest. Campgrounds are generally big rig friendly with partial or full hookups, and many have facilities like sports fields, swimming pools or beaches, activity centers, and watercraft rentals. Note that Mississippi state parks are under a tight budget, and this may be reflected in deferred maintenance at some parks. Check recent online reviews for the most accurate assessments.

Natchez State Park

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit mississippistateparks.reserveamerica.com, call 800-GO-PARKS (800-467-2757), or call the park directly.

Reservations can be made up to 24 months in advance and are optional, but highly recommended during peak season, May 15 through August 15. A minimum of 2 nights is required on all weekends during peak season, 3 nights over holiday weekends or during special events.

Campsite sizes

All Mississippi state park campgrounds have at least some sites that accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Campgrounds with sites for RVs over 40 feet are limited. You can search and book sites by maximum RV length in the reservation system.

Accessibility

Call the reservation line or campground directly for information on booking an ADA-accessible campsite.

Hookups

Almost every campsite in the Mississippi state park system has water and electric hookups. At least some sites with full hookups including sewer are available at most campgrounds. Hookups are searchable in the reservation system.

Connectivity

WiFi is generally not offered at Mississippi state parks. If connectivity is a priority, contact the park directly to ask about WiFi and cell service coverage.

Maximum stay

The maximum stay is 14 days. Select parks offer a monthly camping rate.

Additional facilities

Developed campsites include a fire pit, grill, and picnic table. Campgrounds have restrooms, a dump station, potable water, and a ranger station.

Many parks offer a wide range of amenities including playgrounds, water sports, disc golf, sports fields and courts, activity centers, and nature trails. Details per campground are shown on each park’s website and in the reservation system. Extensive recreation facilities like water parks and pools are also available at some parks, although an additional entrance fee may apply.

Note that RV campsite rentals also include fishing and boat launch access. Check with the specific campground for details.

Cost

Fees range from $22 for a campsite with partial hookups to $28 for a premium site with full hookups. Rates are displayed per site / per date in the reservation system.

Additional Fees:

Park entrance fee: $4, or $40 for an annual pass

Cancellations up to 7 days prior to arrival: $10

Cancellations within 6 days prior to arrival: 50 percent of the full stay

Note that in case of cancellation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks issues a voucher toward a future stay for the remaining balance less fees charged instead of a refund. 

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 2 vehicles, 8 people. 
  • Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 2 p.m. If you anticipate arriving after 5 p.m., contact the park office before 5 p.m. to make arrangements for late check-in.
  • Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Permitted. 
  • Generator use: Regulations vary; check with the specific park.
  • Campfires: Permitted in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
  • Drone use: Permitted, following Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
Tishomingo State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Roosevelt State Park

2149 Highway 13 South, Morton, MS 39117

A convenient stop off I-20 between Georgia and Texas, Roosevelt State Park offers a range of outdoor activities in a peaceful, natural setting. Fishing, boating, swimming, and biking the flat, paved trails are all popular around scenic Shadow Lake. The park also features a pool with a water slide (for an additional entrance fee), sports fields, playgrounds, and nature trails through the surrounding woodland.

More than 100 developed campsites are available, with partial or full hookups. Sites are divided between two campgrounds on opposite sides of the lake. The east section is the original campground, with more mature trees, located close to the swimming pool and facilities. The newer west section may have ambient noise from the highway, but cell service is reportedly better. Some sites are directly on the lake and include a wooden deck.

Tishomingo State Park

105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, MS 38873

In northeastern Mississippi among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park, named after Chief Tishomingo of the Chickasaw Nation, has a deep history and scenic beauty unique to the area. Archaeological excavations here have found evidence of human settlements from more than 9,000 years ago. The historic Natchez Trace Parkway, now a national scenic trail, runs through the park. Majestic trees, peaceful waterways, unique rock formations, and lush ferns and wildflowers all contribute to the park’s natural beauty.

In addition to hiking, nature trails, and fishing, the park includes a swimming pool, recreational fields, playgrounds, and a lodge. There are 60 developed campsites with electric hookups, a dozen primitive sites, central restrooms, and a dump station. Sites vary in size, and caution must be taken with slide-outs among the trees. Overall, Tishomingo offers a peaceful stay in a beautiful setting with a unique history.

Buccaneer State Park 

1150 South Beach Boulevard, Waveland, MS 39576

Buccaneer State Park has something for everyone: beautiful moss-draped oak trees, a Gulf Coast beach, fascinating history—and a full-size water park. The park saw heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina, but has been rebuilt and restored since 2013. Note that an additional entrance fee is required for the water park. The campground features a seasonal pool, activity room, playground, camp store, and nature trails.

More than 200 campsites range from primitive to premier beachfront with full hookups. Several loops have sites with varying degrees of length, evenness, and privacy. Take some time to read the campground map and online reviews of specific sites to find the best fit for your rig and your location preferences. Note that some sites are closer to the nearby railroad tracks. Buccaneer’s attractions, its location near New Orleans and I-10, and its full hookup options make it an ideal family destination and a good option for an overnight stop.

Mississippi state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Buccaneer State Park

Clarkco State Park

George P. Cossar State Park

Hugh White State Park

John W. Kyle State Park

J.P. Coleman State Park

Lake Lincoln State Park

Lake Lowndes State Park

Legion State Park

Leroy Percy State Park

Natchez State Park

Paul B. Johnson State Park

Percy Quin State Park

Roosevelt State Park

Tishomingo State Park

Tombigbee State Park

Trace State Park

Wall Doxey State Park

For more information on Mississippi state park campgrounds, visit mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/.

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