Dates Of Stay: June 1 – 6, 2016
About six miles from downtown Tupelo and Elvis’s birthplace,
Tombigbee State Park is serene and picturesque. The country roads to the park can be narrow, and some tree lambs hang low overhead, so if you’re in a big rig, be careful.
There is a lake with fishing,
several cabins for rent along the lake, a large playground (including disc golf), barbecue shelters, and a camp office with a meeting room.
The campground has RV 20 spaces, two of which do not have a sewer hook up, but a dump station is just down the road. The campground is equipped with clean restrooms and free hot showers. It was a great value at $20 per night.
I camped in space #2, equipped with both 50 and 30 amp service, but my surge protector did not like the 50 amp plug; it shut down repeatedly even when I was running only one air conditioner. I switched to the 30 amp plug and put my hot water and refrigerator on propane, and all was well.
If you are driving a Class A, be warned that the water and electrical hook ups might be on the opposite side of your rig. I had to pull out my extra long hose, and thankfully my electrical cord is 15 feet long.
My only complaint about Tombigbee was the dumpster. Signs in the restrooms admonished campers about dumping their garbage there, advising to use the dumpster. However, there was no information on where the dumpster was located! There was no park map either. I understand in warm and humid weather no one wants a dumpster close to a campsite, but it took me forever to find the damned thing, which was down the road and around the bend. I had to drive there to take out the garbage.
As a solo woman traveler it was a bit disconcerting to see male inmates from the local jail in their orange jumpsuits, picking up garbage and doing landscaping around the park, but that’s just how things are done in Mississippi. I saw lots of inmates along the highways picking up garbage as I drove through Mississippi. I swear, if Mississippi could still have chain gangs they would!