Saturday, March 24, 2012

LeFleur's Bluff State Park, Jackson, MS

2012 Mar 24

LeFleur's Bluff State Park is located in Jackson Mississippi. It is easily accessible from  Interstates 20 and 55. We enjoyed that park very much; the mosquitoes, not so much.
Our "yard" at LeFleur's Bluff. Greyla is standing in the large flat where you could pitch a tent.


Looking out toward our fire pit and the lake.
We were looking for a place to break up the trip as we traveled from Mississippi to Arkansas, and first off, I liked the name of the park. Secondly, they offered loads of things to do there, including: a nine hole golf, a driving range, nature trails, a Museum of Natural Science, and a Playground, and Children's Museum. There were two lakes for fishing and boating, as well as access to the Pearl River.  The Bathhouse had slightly larger than normal showers, was handicap accessible and had excellent water pressure. There were also one coin operated washer and one dryer available at the bathhouse, which was the first time we've seen that feature in a State Park. 

Other features at LeFleur's Bluff campsites included the availability of a fire ring, or pit, at each site, along with a large flat area where you could pitch a tent, if you so desired, as well as a separate area with a picnic table, and the area for parking your RV, or vehicle. The Park Ranger would deliver wood to your site, for $7 and a phone call. When leaving, trash could be bagged and hung on the reservation post for later pickup. All in all we really liked it.

There were only two things that were drawbacks. One, I've already mentioned. The mosquitoes, were ravenous and seemed to love our Yankee blood. Our next - site - over neighbor, Mike, shared his Deep Woods Off, which helped some, but also gave me a wretched headache. The smoke from our campfire also helped some. But Mike was of the opinion that a too mild winter had resulted in early mosquito invasion.

The other drawback was something we found to be odd. As we set out to hike the nature trails, we discovered that our dog was not welcome on the trails. I'm not sure why, as we never got to ask a Ranger about it. I'm not sure Greyla really cared. She got to snooze in the motor home while we hiked, and she was spared further mosquito exposure.

All in all, I would definitely recommend LeFleur's Bluff as a destination. And the fact that the cost was only $18 per night ($13 for seniors) certainly didn't hurt.

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