The Best 8 Family Friendly Campgrounds in Mississippi
Here are the top 9 campgrounds in the State of Mississippi for family camping in 2021. Whether you are looking for a place to bring your RV, a private tent site with running water, a primitive campground for your whole group, or a Yurt or Cabin – these campgrounds have it all! Camping with the family doesn’t have to be stressful or boring for the kids! There are many campgrounds in Mississippi that have all sorts of activities aimed to keep the whole family enjoying their vacation and experiencing quality family time together.
As parents ourselves, we know what’s important for a successful family camping trip.
CLEAN BATHROOMS – so important for tent campers who rely on clean, well-maintained bathrooms and showers! Even if you have a bathroom with your RV, its essential to have nice bathrooms when you are out and about exploring the parks.
KIDS’ AREAS & ACTIVITIES. While it isn’t essential to have organized activities for children, they are nice to have as an option. In addition – playgrounds and kid-friendly hiking trails are a must.
CAMPSITE PRIVACY. No one wants to drive a couple hours from home with all their camping gear to just be crammed into a campsite practically on top of their neighbors! We know we aren’t exactly back-packing into the wilderness, but bonus points for those campsites who have a measure of privacy so you can at least pretend you are miles away from society.
With these criteria in mind, here is our suggested list of best campgrounds for families (arranged by location, North to South):
Yogi on the Lake is a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and a haven for kids. The campground has tent sites, RV sites, and plenty of cabins. There are a million of activities, but for kids – the BIG draw is the pool and splash park. The pool is big with a zero entry and infinity feature overlooking the lake and beach. There is also a gigantic jumping pillow for all the bouncy children. There is also an activity center where families can do arts and crafts and other planned activities throughout the day. Most of the activities are free too! There are movie nights, karaoke contests, games and more.
Yogi on the Lake isn’t a campground for families looking “to get away from it all” – its full of fun-loving families and children. You won’t be bored!
Snack bar & café
Planned activities (seasonal)
Gaga Ball pit
Golf cart rentals
Kayak and water bike rentals
Pontoon and powerboat rentals
Theme weekends (check website for details about each weekend’s activities)
Fenced pet runs
Full hook-ups + cable. Some sites only electric + water. Some sites on waterfront. Pets welcome. Picnic table.
Water + Electric (20 amp). Pets welcome.
Cabins range from basic sleeper cabins to 2-bedroom + kitchen & bathroom models.
Clarkco State Park has 815 acres of woodlands including 65-acre Clarkco Lake. Families will find a five mile hiking trail suitable for most all hiking abilities where you can spot local wildlife and visit a natural spring in the Spring Island Rest Area. For those who enjoy water fun – Clarkco Lake offers ample fishing, paddling, and swimming opportunities (sorry, no jet skis).
The campground has nice shady campsites and many are located right on the lake with scenic views. Overall the park is well maintained, bath houses are clean and sanitary, and public facilities are in great condition – it’s a perfect fit for families!
Tennis courts (lighted)
65 acre Clarkco Lake
Fishing (stocked bass, bream and catfish)
Water skiing (no jet skis)
Bathhouse and laundry facilities
Waterfront and wooded sites, Full hook-ups. Fire pit, grill & picnic table. Pets OK on leash.
Primitive Tent Sites:
Picnic table, fire ring. Water nearby. Pets OK on leash. Bathhouse & laundry about 900 ft away.
You can visit Percy Quin State Park year round to enjoy all the activities and amenities offered. Golfers will love Quail Hollow golf course which features 6,700 yards of championship golf designed by Arthur Hills. Lake Tangipahoa is a 490 acre freshwater lake that has been stocked with a variety of fish and where jet skiing and water skiing are allowed. In addition there is a playground, a visitor’s center, swimming pool, and picnic pavilions. The campground features campsites that either have lake view or are lake front.
1,700 acre park
Lake Tangipahoa – 490-acre fresh water
Fishing – Florida Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, White Crappie
Water and jet skiing
4 picnic pavilions
Swimming pool (seasonal)
Tennis courts (lighted)
Visitor center with game room & meeting room
Convention center (up to 200 people)
Wayside Chapel (worship services seasonal)
Quail Hollow golf course
Four bathhouses & hot showers
If you are looking for a full-service campground oriented towards families – Paradise Ranch and Resort gets high marks. You can camp in either tent, full hook-up RV site, or at one of the many cabins they have for rent. Animal lovers will be excited about the herd of tame Red Stag deer that reside on the 105-acre park (fenced) and the friendly pigs that roam around looking for treats.
There is a Kid Zone that features a climbing tower, jumping pillows, water combat station and more. The pool is huge with a long zip line and a splash pad for the little ones. There is fishing in their cypress lake (no license required) as well as on the Bogue Chitto River (fishing license required here). You can also rent tubes or kayaks and paddle on the Bogue Chitto. For any forgotten camping items – the well-stocked camp store will probably have what you need.
105 fenced acres
20-acre natural cypress lake
Tame Red Stag deer
Swimming pool with zip line
Water combat station
Golf cart rentals
Tubing and kayaking (rentals available)
Premium Camp Sites:
Concrete slab with full hook-ups. Fire ring and picnic table.
Primitive Tent Sites:
Located on a quiet island (accessible by footbridge). Fire ring and picnic table.
2 (2 more being remodeled)
Sleeps 4-8. Full size refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, coffee pot, some pots and pans. Single bathroom.
Sleeps 6. Medium size refrigerator, microwave, small stove, small oven, some pots and pans. Single bathroom.
Sleeps 4. Mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot. Single bathroom.
Sleeps 4. Full size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee pot, some pots and pans. Single bathroom.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing get-away for the family you should head to Little Black Bear Creek Campground. The main feature of this park is a 640-acre lake where you’ll be able to fish, boat, paddle, and swim. Rental cabins surround the lake and all have amazing views. RV sites are spacious and there is primitive camping available as well. Check the website to see what family events are scheduled each month – from New Years Eve fireworks shows to Disc golf tournaments to holiday picnics and more.
Flint Creek Water Park is a small campground on a 1900 acre park. The 650-acre lake offers all sorts of water activities like fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and boating. Kids LOVE Splash of Fun Waterpark which has lots of slides going down the hill and into the lake. The campground is first come first serve – so arrive early to get the best spots.
* Military Discount of 10% on camping rates with ID
1,900 acre park with 650-acre lake
13 miles of shoreline
Lake stocked with bass, bream, crappie, catfish
Wildlife (turkey, deer, squirrels, and more)
Splash of Fun Waterpark
30/50 amp hook ups.
No pets allowed. Variety of sizes – check website to see which are available.
McLeod Park sits on the shores of Jourdan River in Kiln, MS. Many of the campsites are located right on the riverfront. The calm waters are ideal for fishing and boating. You can bring your own boat or rent the canoes they have available. On shore you can explore a nature trail that follows the banks of the Jourdan River. There is a splash pad for kids to play at and dedicated bathhouses with hot showers to clean up in after a day in the park.
Next to Jourdan River
Disc golf course
2 Boat launches
Canoes for rent
1.25 mile nature trail
2 Public bathhouse facilities with hot showers
Water, sewer, electric hookups. Bathhouse with hot showers for campground only (not public access).
Located right on the beach of Waveland, MS – Buccaneer State Park is the perfect year-round camping destination for families. There are plenty of full hook-up campsites, nature trails, playgrounds, a waterpark, and of course all the water activities that come on the Gulf Coast. The park is full of huge oak trees draped in moss, marshlands, and scenic views along the coast. In the activity center you can play video games, foosball, ping pong, or billiards. Buccaneer Bay Waterpark features 4.5 acres of water fun: a wave pool, giant waterslides, kiddie pool, and swimming pools.