Spring has arrived, and the beautiful weather the state has been experiencing is the proof. Between the gorgeous rays of sunshine and light breezes, it’s almost impossible to stay indoors, making it the perfect time to take advantage of some of the great campgrounds that fill state. Not sure where to begin? These 15 amazing camping spots aren’t a bad start.
1. Tishomingo State Park, Tishomingo
This breathtakingly beautiful state park has won numerous awards, including being listed in Reserve America's “Top 100 Campgrounds.”
2. Buccaneer State Park, Waveland
Beautifully restored following Hurricane Katrina, this state park offers both primitive and developed camping in addition to a ton of recreational opportunities, including nature trails, disc golf, beach access, and the on-site water park, Buccaneer Bay. You can learn more about Buccaneer State Park on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
3. Arkabutla Lake, Hernando
Bordered by three different campgrounds, visitors to this lake have several options when it comes to overnight accommodations. Aside from plenty of campsites, Arkabutla Lake offers a little bit of everything - from some of the best fishing in the southeast to an abundance of recreational opportunities.
4. Horn Island
Camping in a tropical paradise is actually an option thanks to companies like
Horn Island Charters
, which transport adventure-seekers to Horn Island for overnight camping trips.
5. Natchez Trace Parkway
Known for its scenic beauty, the Natchez Trace Parkway is lined with more than a dozen campgrounds; several of which are located within the park, including the Rocky Springs campground. The 22-site primitive campground includes picnic tables, restrooms, a section of the Old Trace, walking trails, and more. For more information, click
6. Clear Springs Recreation Area, Meadville
In addition to camping, this recreation area offers swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking – all of which is centered around Clear Springs Lake, a beautiful 12-acre spring-fed lake.
7. Davis Bayou Area/Gulf Islands National Seashore, near Ocean Springs
Part of the national seashore, there’s never a shortage to see or do at this 51-site campground. From a two-mile nature trail that traverses the coastal forest to saltwater fishing, visitors to Davis Bayou are in for a real treat. Learn more on the National Park Service's
8. Sardis Lake Recreation Area, Lafayette, Panola, and Marshall Counties
Whether you’re packing a tent or travelling by R.V., the nine campgrounds that surround this amazing 98,000-acre lake have you covered. As if the stunning scenery isn’t enough, campers have access to a ton of amenities, including two beaches, playgrounds, trails, and boat ramps.
9. North Graysport Campground, Grenada
A wonderful setting for exploration, this campground is surrounded by the man-made Grenada lake, which has about 148 miles of shoreline.
10. Little Black Creek Campground and Park, Lumberton
Surrounding a 640-acre lake, this Lumberton campground is ideal for water enthusiasts, offering everything from fishing to kayaking.
11. John W. Kyle State Park, Sardis
This state park, which includes 200 developed camping sites and 20 cabins, is located on the Sardis Reservoir, making it a prime location for an array of water activities.
12. J.P. Coleman State Park, Iuka
With access to both a river and freshwater lake, J.P. Coleman State Park is a water-enthusiast’s dream. The park itself overlooks the Tennessee River and allows for visitors to camp along its banks. Pickwick Lake, a 47,500-acre freshwater lake, is also located within the park and is perfect for all sorts of activities, including sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing.
13. Lake Lincoln State Park, Wesson
After spending the day on the park’s 550-acre lake, comfortably settle in for the night at one of Lake Lincoln’s 71 RV campsites, 3 cottages, or quaint cabin. You can learn more on on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
14. LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Jackson
The last thing you’d expect to find in a large city is an award-winning state park, but that’s exactly the case when it comes to LeFleur’s Bluff. The 305-acre park includes 28 campsites, which scored the park a spot on Reserve America’s “Top 100 Campgrounds” list.
15. Red Bluff, Foxworth
This formation, also known as
“Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon,”
is technically on private property; however, people have been visiting the site for years. Since it’s not actually a state park, there are no official campgrounds, making it quite risky. Nonetheless, there is no denying its beauty and how amazing it would be to wake up to such a gorgeous view. (It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?) *We do not recommend you visit this site. Should you choose to camp at this site or even visit, use extreme caution.