One morning, while drinking a cup of coffee, I gazed out my backdoor at my RV sitting there in the driveway. It was raining that day, and my poor RV looked lonely. The TV was on in the living room, providing background noise to an otherwise quiet house. “Oh, if I only had an idea where to go,” I murmured to myself. I turned my attention to the television; there was a documentary about Elvis Presley playing.
At that moment, they made the statement that Elvis’s birthplace was now a museum in Tupelo, Mississippi. I didn’t know anything about Elvis, and I had never been to Mississippi, so why not kill two birds at once.
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Campgrounds at Barnes Crossing
Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, this campground is in a prime location. Only a half-mile from Barnes Crossing Mall, the largest mall in north Mississippi, I was able to take some time to shop before heading to Elvis Presley’s Birthplace Museum.
With all the amenities of home, like free cable and WiFi at all the sites, the campground will make you forget you are camping. The RV sites also include full hookups and a variety of restaurants within walking distance.
Davis Bayou Campground
I left Tupelo and went south to the Gulf of Mexico. I came to a town called Ocean Springs and found Davis Bayou Campground. Davis Bayou is part of the Gulf Island National Seashore and has a lot to offer someone on vacation. With a dump station, toilets, showers, and electric and water hookups for the RV, I was pleasantly comfortable.
I took some time to fish along the pier only a half-mile from the site and went for a hike along the Davis Bayou Trail, which traverses a coastal forest and two local bayous. I also saw a few good-sized alligators and other reptiles.
I met some other people there, and they informed me of several different trails for both hiking and biking. The ocean view was what I was hoping for, and after a few days, I felt wonderfully refreshed.
Magnolia RV Park Resort
One of the nights I spent at Davis Bayou, a man and I were having a conversation about Mississippi’s history, particularly its history involving the Civil War. During that conversation, he informed me of the Magnolia RV Park Resort, saying it was a great RV park real close to the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Military Park is where one of the most prolonged battles of the Civil War took place. So I had my next destination for the trip and turned my rig north.
The RV campground offers pull-through sites with full hookups, complimentary WiFi, and cable. Once again, I was living in luxury. There was a pool, the laundry room was air-conditioned, there were covered grilling pits, and there were plenty of shops nearby to get supplies. Oh, I almost forgot, there was a free shuttle to take you to the casino nearby. I spent a few days here and saw they had a large dog park, and the wildlife around the area was terrific.
After a dreadful night at the poker table, I sat outside my RV, licking my wounds, trying to determine where I should go next on my way out of Mississippi. I started browsing my phone for things to do and found the Infinity Science Center. I didn’t know what that was, but it sounded cool, so the next morning I was off.
Sunrise RV Park and Campground
I arrived in Pearlington, Mississippi, and, thanks to some help from a resident, made my way to the Sunrise RV Park and Campground. It is a great place to park the RV and take in the sites, only ten minutes from the Infinity Space Center.
The RV site has back-in gravel slots with full hookups. I found a laundry room, and once again, the internet was available. I took advantage of hiking trails in the area, and the science center offered a lovely opportunity to broaden my earthly knowledge.
The Way Back Home
It was finally time to say goodbye to Mississippi. I loaded up my RV for the last time, settled into my seat, and began the long way home. I started this trip on a whim, not knowing what I might find in Mississippi. Being one of those states you rarely hear about, it often gets missed as a vacation destination. If ever asked, I can now say that I have been to Elvis’s Birthplace, walked through a bayou, saw an alligator, and know a little more about the Civil War. So if Mississippi hasn’t made it on your radar yet, I hope now it has.
Till next time I’ll be making my way back home; “Oh wait, what state did they just say on the radio?”