November 22-27, 2014 – River View RV Park was the home I chose at the end of my Natchez Trace Parkway Tour. I started heading south from Nashville on October 27 and ended up in Natchez on November 22. After fully exploring the Trace, I was ready for some full service campground pampering and this was definitely the stop for that. The campground has two sections, north and south (Site Map).
This view shows the far south end looking into the campground from the river. The sites from #111 – 106 are the most requested over here due to lower levee level that allows better view of the Mississippi.
Site 111 looking toward the river.
Here I am in Site 105. I really like how they have the row facing the river suited for motorhomes’ windshield view. I can look out from the front or side windows and see the shipping traffic on the Mississippi. They do allow 5th wheels to park so that their rear windows are facing the river as long as they can use their own site’s hookups.
I enjoyed walking along the levee watching the moods of the Mississippi. That steamboat looking thing between the spans on the right is the Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez and there are shuttles available to get you to/from there.
Even on cloudy days, I always enjoyed watching the barges and river traffic.
Street scene in middle row.
At this end, there is a paved part of the walk along the Mississippi with swings to sit and enjoy the view. This section does not have cable TV.
The north end sites are closer to the bridges and the paved part of the levee walk along the river. Although there are fewer trees to obstruct the view, the sites are set back a little farther. The motorhome is in Site 21.
Looking between the two rows of sites heading back toward the office.
Sites 4-8 – close to the office and pool and short walk to the river.
Speaking of the pool – and the Jacuzzi facing the river.
Basic Campground Info: 193 total sites – all full hookups with 50 amp service. All big rig friendly; most paved pads (some grass), plenty pull-through sites. Primitive area for tent campers.
I always do short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
Great location with easy access to highways – convenient to Natchez Trace Parkway and historic Natchez attractions. See Things to Do in Natchez – there is so much here you could keep yourself busy for weeks. Best part, though, is the park’s location right on the Mighty Mississippi!
Being right on the river, gusts of wind can pop up, so they recommend not leaving your awning out when you’re gone from the RV. Most of the negative comments I read on reviews or heard from fellow campers had to do with poor wi-fi and TV reception. Since I have my own air card and DirecTV, this wasn’t an issue for me. I did check out the wi-fi from here, though, and I could connect and had decent service, but I just always prefer to use my own secured access.
More Info on River View RV Park:
Location/Contact: 100 River View Parkway; Vidalia, LA
318-336-1400 — Reservations: 888-628-2430
Directions: Although street address is listed as 100 River View Parkway, my GPS could not find this. I saw comments from other folks with the same issue. Microsoft Streets & Trips had the campground listed with that address and it did lead me here, although it does show the street name on their map as Louisiana Avenue. According to the manager, Dorafay, she recommends using street address of 800 Martin Luther King Avenue. Just be aware of this and make sure you know how to get here with whatever system you’re using.
Pet Friendly: No extra charge for pets. All dogs must be on 6′ or shorter leash. There is large designated dog run area on levee; owners must clean up after pets.
Satellite TV: I was in the southern loop in the row closest to the river, so there were no trees to obstruct the signal to my rooftop DirecTV satellite. Some sites toward the rear of the campground have larger trees, so that may be an issue for rooftop units. TV with 9 channels available.
Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: Wi-fi is free and available in and around the office, but not at all locations in the campground, although recent upgrades have improved coverage. I had 4G service from my Verizon Jetpack for internet and same with cell phone.
Amenities (no charge): Pool, hot tub, 3 mile river walk, group fire rings (none at individual sites), picnic areas and picnic tables at each site, playground for kids.
Other Services: Store with snacks, gifts and RV supplies, propane tanks filled, laundry.
Group/Rally Facilities: Looks like this would be a great location for a group get together. There is a Meeting Room that will accommodate up to 100 people and has a household size kitchen.
Workampers: River View uses Workampers and if you’re a member, you can check it out at Workamper News.
Malia’s 2 Cents: This was the perfect stop for me coming off of a month long tour of the Natchez Trace Parkway. I was exhausted by that time and a full service campground with all amenities was greatly appreciated. I also loved being right on the river being able to watch the barges and shipping traffic go by. My only regret is that due to timing, I could not stay longer and check out the town of Natchez more. But I’ll always be grateful to Dorafay for the tips she gave me for lesser known beauties to see in Natchez like St. Mary’s Chapel at Laurel Hill Plantation and Windsor Ruins. Natchez really looks like my kind of place, so I hope to return sometime for more extensive exploration.
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