November 13-16, 2014 – One of the best things about RVing is getting recommendations from other RVer friends who have traveled the same road before you. Say what you want to about Facebook, but by posting a question on a Mississippi RV group there, I was told about this little gem of a campground at Davis Lake Campground – Tombigbee and it turned out to be one of my favorite stops during my Natchez Trace Tour.
Although I had passed Tupelo getting here, driving back 20 miles for the day I spent exploring there was worth it to me.
Here’s the entrance road – you go past the day use area before getting to the campground.
Having waterfront property is always a favorite with me. Here’s the view of my site zoomed in from the entrance where it looks like I’m on a peninsula.
There are numerous little jetties, docks and fishing piers to walk out on and get different viewpoints.
I particularly like it when I have such views from my “office” window.
Although I spent a good deal of time out exploring the Natchez Trace, it was so enjoyable to just be able to look up from the computer and rest my eyes upon this scene.
The sunsets were amazing sometimes and made the trees look almost psychedelic the colors were so strong.
It was endlessly fascinating to watch the play of light across the skies and the way they would change from moment to moment.
Although there were very few other campers during the time I was here in mid November, I had some company when I walked around the lake.
Even the interior sites are close to the lake with views.
Some of the interior sites are a bit more sloping than the lakeside ones.
One pull-through site. Restrooms/showers seen on the right.
Malia’s 2 Cents: I really enjoyed my time here. Being so close to the Natchez Trace and near enough to Tupelo for exploring there was a great benefit. But the biggest bonus was the views I was treated with when returning home. One of the reasons I chose this over Trace State Park is that the state of Mississippi does not give discounts to seniors unless they’re 65 and older – whereas the U.S. Forest Service discounts start at age 62 for Senior Pass/disabled holders. At $13/night, I thought this was a really sweet deal. I’d love to hear your 2 Cents worth in comments below!
The U.S. Forest Service website for this campground is sketchy at best, and other sites I saw with reviews, such as Good Sam, AllStays, etc. have incorrect info, such as saying 22′ max RV length and only 20 amp electric service. Once I posted this, I got info from a local who camps here a lot who said, “This campground has been completely reworked several years ago…they came in and redone the lake, those berms used to not be there, they put in new water spigots and electric hookups and redone all the pads…the bath houses are new too…they had showers but they were cold…built new piers also…so this lake has changed a lot since then…one of the premier bass fishing lakes in MS….the state record will come out of here one day.” As I always say, locals with this kind of knowledge is our best resource when they share – thanks again, Eric!
GPS coordinates: 34.04722, -88.93889 — 34°2’50″N, 88°56’20″W
From Tupelo, drive 17 miles south on the Natchez Trace Parkway to the Davis Lake Recreation Area Exit at milepost 243. Turn right on Davis Lake Road and continue 4 miles to the campground.
Campground Info: 27 total sites – 50 amp elec. – water
Open year round. Some sites have paved pads. Restrooms, showers, laundry (1 washer and 1 dryer), dump station. Day use area has playground, fishing piers, picnic shelter
Connections: I had 4G service from my Verizon Jetpack air card and good cell phone signal. Satellite TV from rooftop antenna great. No wi-fi or cable at campground.