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2019 – Shortstop: Roosevelt State Park, Morton, MS

We spent a few extra days in Jackson, MS waiting to get into a shop that does front end alignment service on bigger motorhomes. I wanted to use this particular shop because the owner has a motorhome very similar to ours and also he gets great reviews. I think we made the right choice and recommend Shipp’s Truck Specialist in Florence. However, the 3-4 hour job turned into a 2 day job. We spent one night in the shop parking lot. They finished on Wednesday at about 5:00 and we wanted to find a spot with hookups for the night before getting back on the road again the next morning.

Roosevelt State Park in Moran, MS is just a few miles east of Jackson so we decided to go there. The entrance to the park is very close to I20. The “new” campgrounds, though, are a couple of miles in. The road is about a lane and a half wide, with lots of twists and turns. We didn’t meet anyone coming in – won’t be able to report on our exit till tomorrow. If we meet another motorhome it will be a tight squeeze.

The state park features a pretty lake with a big water slide that must delight the kids. There are cabins, a motel, and other nice facilities. The park hosts various community events throughout the year.

The roads in the campground are just one lane with no shoulders. Many of the sites are too short for us at 39′. I was also concerned about being able to make the turns in and out of the sites while keeping the front and back tires on pavement. There are some premium sites right on the lake that look inviting. I eased through the campground looking for the right combination of level + long enough + reasonable back in/pull out. It took a few minutes but I found a nice spot across from the bathhouse parking lot and backed in. Site 73 is just right for us and, in spite of the many sites that slope, this spot is nicely level. There is no room for the car but the parking lot across the road is fine.

I can see that locals who get to know this campground really like it. However, for an overnight stay the long narrow drive in and the even narrower campground roads with ditches making it a challenge to make some of the turns make this State Park a less than desirable short stop of us. For a longer stay it might be worth it though.


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2019 – Wendy Oaks RV Park, Florence, MS


We spent an unplanned few days in Florence, MS, just south of Jackson, as we waited to have an alignment done on the motorhome.  We landed at Wendy Oaks RV Park which is located right on Highway 49, around 12 miles south of I20.

This campground is primarily a residential park but there are a few pull-throughs for travelers.  These sites are reasonably easy to get into and long enough for bigger rigs.  They are level, on gravel, and have 50 amp/FHU connections.

The main feature of the place is a pretty lake.  A few campsites have nice views of it, most don’t but are just across the road from it – still a pleasant setting.  There’s a block shower house with small laundry.

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If you arrive from the north you will need to pass the campground and do a u-turn to get back to it.  I was a bit concerned about having enough room to do that, so after passing the campground and going under the railroad trestle I pulled of onto the right turn lane at Muse Road (in front of a Dollar General that you really can’t see coming from the north).  I waited for traffic to clear and then swing across, using up all the 4 lanes of the divided highway (and just a bit of the Muse Road exchange).  That got our 39′ motorhome with towed turned around and coming the right way.  I will also mention that as I came south my GPS tried to get me to turn around and go to another “Wendy” business – I think a pump out service or something like that.  Again, coming south you want to go under the railroad trestle and then turn around at Muse Road.  You also probably want to know that Highway 49 coming south from I20 is undergoing heavy construction.  Lanes are switched, the road is rough, and traffic can be bad.

Aside from the above, while this place is nothing close to being a destination park it works just fine for people traveling Highway 49 and needing a place to land.  There aren’t many spots so you will want to phone ahead for a reservation.


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2019 – Ameristar RV Park, Vicksburg, MS


As we left Louisiana and crossed the mighty Mississippi River, we took the very first Mississippi exit and drove a couple of minutes to Ameristar RV Park. The park is part of a big enterprise that also includes a hotel, restaurants, and, of course, a casino. There is even a casino shuttle that comes to the park making it easy for people to visit those venues.

In our case, we just wanted a decent place to spend a few days before continuing our journey east on I20. This RV spot worked out just great for us. This is a busy place with a flow of campers arriving and leaving throughout the day. Many people land just for the night as they travel cross country.

There are several nice pull through sites of decent length and reasonable spacing for a commercial park. The roads are wide and easily maneuvered. Many of the sites are level enough, but there are several that are on a severe slope; some even leaning off to one side as well as front to back. Judging from the assignment of sites, it appears that an effort is made to put bigger rigs in the more level sites. A small single axle travel trailer has a better chance of getting level on some of the sites than a big rig.

There’s an active railroad track that passes near the park, but the trains never sound their horns. You can hear the train, but it’s not especially objectionable.

While this is just a shorter stay sort of park we would stay here again in similar circumstances.


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