I’m thoroughly enjoying our journey down Natchez Trace Parkway. This drive is for folks who aren’t in a hurry and who enjoy pretty scenery — that should describe retired full-time RVers more than anyone else and it describes us.
Our campground for this stop along Natchez Trace has been LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in the state capitol, Jackson. What an interesting place! We’re right in the middle of the city but it doesn’t feel that way. The campground is a mile down a winding gravel road from the highway. If you listen you can hear the hum of traffic out on I55 which is just 10 minutes away. But by just looking you would never guess how close it all is. We’re camped next to a nice lake and surrounded by deep woods.
Arriving here is somewhat interesting. One exits the Interstate and travels east on Lakeland Drive. However, you don’t want to follow the sign to the state park. That will take you to the state Natural Science Museum which is part of the park but isn’t where the campground is located. Next, you’ll pass a sign to the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park golf course – nope, that’s not it either. Third, you pass an unmarked entrance to a baseball complex. Don’t turn but you are getting close. When you see the sign for Lakeland Terrace you’ve found the correct turn. Turn right and continue straight ahead on that street and you’ll see an unmanned entry booth. For some reason they put a traffic island there that might challenge larger rigs. If no one is coming, you’ll find it easier to enter on the exit side. From there, follow the signs to the campground down the gravel road and around the lake to the campground.
The electric here is 50 amps and water pressure is good. There are no sewer hookups and the dump station is out near the entrance so it’s not very handy for those using a “blueboy” on a longer stay. The campground restroom is built up on stilts, about eight feet up. The sites are level concrete slabs.
My satellite reception is limited and, honestly, I’m glad to get even one satellite through all the trees. I think the best chance for satellite coverage would be in the sites directly across from the restrooms. Cell reception is very good and my data is a strong 4G. The weather during this October stay has been pretty good with cool temperatures and only a little rain. I have the idea that humidity and mosquitoes would make a late summer stay here rather challenging to say the least.
There are three state museums within minutes of the campground and the Mississippi State University Medical Center is right down the street. In fact, a park ranger told me that a lot of people use this campground when coming to the area hospitals.
We would return to this campground when passing through the area. It’s quite a change of pace from staying in rural spots, miles from shopping, etc. I guess you’d say that LeFleur’s Bluff is a place to get away from it all without actually getting away from it all!