Mississippi offers fabulous outdoor recreational opportunities from the Gulf of Mexico coastline up through the delta and the hills. The largest city in Mississippi is Jackson, which lies in the Red Clay Hills, just above the Piney Woods. The second-largest city is Gulfport on the beautiful coastline while the third-largest is Southaven in the delta. There are more than 73,000 miles of highways in the state. Still, once you leave interstates 20 and 55, many of them follow routes laid out by early settlers who often went around hills and other obstacles to make it easier for animals to pull heavy carts. Therefore, shorter RVs, like mid-size Class C motorhomes, are usually better.
If you are taking a group to the beach or another site, you can find RVs sleeping up to 10 individuals. Small travel trailers that sleep up to five people often rent for about $110 per night while Class C motorhomes often rent for about $200 per night. You can find larger trailers renting for about $125 and Class A motorhomes, which are about the size of a school bus, renting for about $275.
Jackson is a great place to rent a motorhome or a travel trailer since it is the largest city in the state. Head a little north of town to explore the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in LeFleur's Bluff State Park, where you can learn more about native wildlife. You will want to see their 100,000-gallon aquarium setup filled with Mississippi fish. You will also want to visit the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Petrified Forest and the Jackson Zoological Park.
Gulfport is a great place to play on the beach, and you can find many campgrounds on and near the beach. While many people go to Gulfport to gamble, you will want to step away from the tables and game machines, long enough to visit the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, the Gulf Islands Water Park and the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
At the other end of the state, you can find lots to do in the Delta region, and Southaven is the perfect starting point. Learn about the people who first lived in this region by visiting the Winterville Mounds Archeological Site and Museum, and visit the Dockery Farms where blues music may have been born.
While you will not find any national parks in Mississippi, it is only about two hours from Northern Mississippi to Hot Springs National Park. You will want to soak in the waters that people once thought had healing properties because of their high mineral content. This park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the only national park to have a brewery, and you will want to try the beer. Additionally, Bathhouse Row has a museum, a gift store, and other entities you will want to visit. If you love unique architecture, then this row of buildings is one you will want to explore as each has its own architectural features. As you stroll around the area, pay attention to the artwork. Many of the pieces were created by artists living on bathhouse row who are part of the Artist in Residence program. Head out of town a short distance, and you will find beautiful spots for a picnic while looking down on this city. In order to taste the water, head to the big water fountain in front of the city hall.
There are 24 state parks in Mississippi, and you can find unique things to do at each one. Consider visiting these options:
There are six geographical regions in Mississippi, and you can find great landmarks to visit in all of them.
In the Delta region near Southaven, consider visiting the Winterville Mounds Archeological Site and Museum to learn about some of the first people to live in the state. Explore Dockery Farms to learn how slaves may have invented the first blues music at this cotton and tobacco plantation.
Planning a Red Clay Hills RV adventure lets you explore Jackson. This north-central area of the state is also home to the Holly Springs and Bienville national forests. Stop in Oxford to explore the William Faulkner House.
Between the Red Clay Hills and the Appalachian Foothills is the Black Prairie region. Columbus is one of the largest cities in this area. Visit beautiful homes, including White Arches, Riverview and Whitehall, I. T. Montgomery House, and Waverly. See the world’s oldest Dentzel Carousel in Meridian.
Tucked in the northeast corner of the state are the Appalachian Foothills. Many attractions in the area feature Elvis Presley since he was born here. The largest city is Tupelo. You will also want to visit the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Except for the area that touches the Gulf of Mexico, the rest of the state is the Piney Woods region. This area is home to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum and the African American Military History Museum.
You can find excellent RV camping in many state parks in Mississippi. If you are looking for primitive campgrounds, consider those in Bienville, Delta, and DeSoto national forests. You can also find luxury RV resorts in Mississippi, like the Sun Roamers RV Resort in Picayune that offers a fishing pond, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and miniature golf. You may also want to consider the Ez Daze RV Park in Southaven, which features RV repair and wash, an enclosed dog run, and a swimming pool.
There are terrific RV dump stations in Mississippi. Most large gas stations and truck stops, especially along the interstate, have dump stations. You can also find them at some rest areas. Many campgrounds offer this service. Check out our guide to see exactly where to go in Mississippi. There are separate guides for some cities like Hattiesburg, Southaven, Jackson, Biloxi, and Gulfport. This gives you great flexibility when choosing which campground because you do not have to worry if they have sewer hookups.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Mississippi?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Mississippi from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Mississippi?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.