Camping and Canoeing in Mississippi – Visit Mississippi

Camping and canoeing are excellent outdoor activities. They can help you unplug from the daily grind and improve your physical and mental wellness. Fortunately for those visiting the Magnolia State, Mississippi is home to a host of great campsites and several bodies of water perfect for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts. As your personal tour guide, Visit Mississippi can offer recommendations on the best locations for camping and canoeing in Mississippi.

Where to Set Up Camp

Planning a camping trip in Mississippi should be fun and exciting. Whether choosing to camp alone or with friends and family, it is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and the great outdoors. If you are planning a trip with a group of people, camping can help you build and strengthen relationships. There’s nothing quite like bonding around a campfire and making new memories – and paddling does just the same. For visitors who wish to do both, we recommend the following locations:

Tishomingo State Park

Listed as one of America’s top 100 family campgrounds, Tishomingo State Park is a breathtakingly beautiful spot. It is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and oozes natural, scenic beauty. While establishing camp here, guests will notice and appreciate the unique landscape of massive rock formations blanketed in moss and colorful wildflowers.

While the park offers incredible views at every turn, some of the best views can be found on the water. Campers looking to canoe during their visit to Tishomingo State Park can do so by venturing down to Bear Creek. This float trip is a 6.25-mile-long ride and runs through Bear Creek Canyon. The park also features a full service of amenities, including:

  • Cabins
  • Fishing lake
  • Canoe rentals
  • Boat launch
  • Hiking trails (moderate and difficult)
  • Parking
  • Picnic areas and pavilions
  • Playground

Buccaneer State Park

Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Buccaneer State Park has been completely transformed. Having gone through multiple reconstruction stages, this park has been restored, capturing the same beauty it once provided. Located on the beach in Waveland, Buccaneer State Park is in a natural setting of large moss-draped oaks, marshlands, and the Gulf of Mexico. The park features 206 premium campsites with full amenities for campers to rent, as well as 25 primitive campsites situated in the back of the Royal Cay camp area.

With access to the beach, this park offers visitors excellent paddling opportunities, so test your kayaking skills on the Gulf of Mexico for a thrilling experience. Other amenities found at Buccaneer State Park include:

  • Amphitheater
  • Bathhouse
  • Picnic shelter
  • Activities center
  • Parking
  • Dump station
  • Barbeque area

North Graysport Campground

If you’re looking for a campsite that offers beautiful views and easy access to a prime canoeing spot, North Graysport Campground has it all. Located near Gore Springs, MS, this campground rests between two rivers that flow into Grenada Lake. Here, guests can hit the open water and take in the views from the lake.

This fully developed campsite accommodates those who choose to camp in their RVs and those who desire a more traditional camping experience with tents. Throughout the grounds, visitors will find areas for picnics and hiking and biking trails.

JP Coleman State Park

Water enthusiasts will love the location of their campsite at JP Coleman State Park. With access to a river and a freshwater lake, this campsite is a paddler’s dream. The park overlooks the Tennessee River and allows visitors to camp along its banks. Take part in a variety of other water activities while you’re here, including:

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

Learn More About Camping and Canoeing in Mississippi

Visitors who love camping and paddling can find the best of both worlds in Mississippi. Located throughout the Magnolia State are beautiful campgrounds with easy access to scenic bodies of water excellent for canoeing and kayaking. Visit Mississippi can help you plan your trip to Mississippi by offering suggestions on the best locations to meet your specific needs. For more information about camping and canoeing in Mississippi, contact us today.