RV camping is a great way to see Starkville, MS, and the surrounding area on your terms. Prices on RV rentals range from a very budget-friendly $85 per day for a cozy pull-behind camper to $355 for a Class A motorhome with all the bells and whistles that can comfortably hold eight people. The average price per day to rent an RV is about $150.
An interesting day trip from the Starkville area is to the capital city of Jackson. It's only 126 miles away and offers food, culture, and sightseeing opportunities throughout the city. Of note are the Civil Rights and Children's Museums, the Jackson Zoo, and the Eudora Welty House and Gardens. You can even plan a scenic road trip from Jackson to Mobile, Alabama, and be there and back in less than a day.
The town of Natchez is a must-visit weekend destination for those who want to experience southern charm and hospitality, or to spend the day in a serene, natural setting. Top picks include Natchez National Historical Park with its rustic lakeside cabins or the amazing views along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Historic sights in Natchez include St. Mary's Basilica, Stanton Hall, and Rosalie Mansion.
For those who have a week or more to spend, Gulfport is a beautiful seaside community located farther south on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy fishing charters or swimming with dolphins, lounging on the beach, or visiting one of the many historic sights and museums, such as the Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, or the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum.
As the county seat of Oktibbeha County and the main point of Mississippi's Golden Triangle, Starkville is a marquee college town that really began to come into its own when the charter endowing Mississippi State University was granted in 1878. It's close to the state capital of Jackson as well as major cities in the neighboring states of Arkansas and Alabama. This proximity provides visitors with access to sights and accommodations ranging from urban to off-the-grid. There are numerous natural areas, historic points of interest, and museums that you can enjoy for an afternoon, but staying in the area for a month at a time is doable, thanks to campgrounds and other accommodations.
Yazoo City - This colorful "Gateway to the Delta" is steeped in history and is an essential stop for blues lovers as it houses the oldest juke joint in Mississippi. It was also voted one of the Top 200 towns for hunters and fishermen by Outdoor Life magazine in 2008.
50+ full-service restaurants
20 gas stations
5 nearby rest areas
12 nearby campgrounds
5 nearby national parks/forests
4 nearby RV parks
1 nearby dump station
Meridian - Formerly the largest city in the state and a manufacturing center, Meridian is known for its delightful Art Deco architecture and historic downtown area. Of note are the Threefoot Building and Grand Opera House.
50+ full-service restaurants
20 gas stations
19 nearby rest areas
20 nearby campgrounds
6 nearby RV parks
19 nearby state parks
1 nearby national park
9 nearby dump stations
Tupelo - Best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley and location of the Elvis Presley Museum, Tupelo is also home to the historic Tupelo National Battlefield and the Buffalo Park and Zoo.
21 gas stations
19 nearby rest areas
20 nearby campgrounds
2 national parks
4 state parks
7 RV parks
4 nearby dump stations
Although there are national historic sites and monuments in Mississippi, the closest national park is Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. This beautiful natural spa provides plenty of spaces and opportunities to camp, fish, hike, and refresh your senses.
Further afield but definitely worth the drive are Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and Mammoth Cave National Park in the foothills of Kentucky. Both offer cool forests, mountain vistas, and plenty of spots to hike, fish, or bird-watch on your own or with an experienced guide. Camping is welcome at all three destinations, and gas and other essentials can be found in surrounding communities.
There are a number of gorgeous state parks near the Starkville area. Visit the historic Legion State Park and camp, hike one of the many trails, or tour the nearly 100-year-old, hand-hewn log cabin, Legion Lodge.
Tombigbee State Park is a 480-acre oasis of natural wonder surrounding Lake Lee. Located near Tupelo, Trace State Park is a great destination for wandering along nature trails, fishing, and water sports.
History lovers will want to visit the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, which is located in downtown Starkville. If you're more into natural sciences, the town is also the site of the Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum and the Mississippi Entomological Museum. When you get your fill of culture, history, and science, Starkville's McKee Park has a playground and sporting facilities. There are also opportunities to enjoy nature in settings like Oktibbeha County Lake, which has a park and RV camping nearby.
Rick's Cafe is located off Highway 182 E in Starkville and features the best of regional and local live music throughout the year.
The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts an annual Art in Public Places (AiPP) Exhibit every November - January. It's usually held at their facility on Main Street and features art in a variety of mediums from all over the world.
Don't miss the Starkville Holiday Bazaar, which happens in early December. This annual tradition offers a holiday light display, food, crafts, and family-friendly fun for all.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge - At this refuge, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and canoeing for all skill levels around the 1,200 acres surrounding Bluff Lake.
Starkville is located in the Mississippi Flyway, a destination for more than 300 migratory bird species. View them in their natural habitat from locations in and around Starkville, like Browning Creek Reservoir.
Trim Cane WMA is an 891-acre wildlife area in Starkville that permits hunting of deer, small game, and birds in season.
Fishermen will enjoy plenty of opportunities for sport fishing or catching the night's dinner at one of the many area lakes. Try Oktibbeha County Lake if you have a taste for catfish or large-mouth bass.
Selections for top RV parks near Starkville, MS, include the Swinging Bridge RV Park just outside of Jackson. This camping area features shaded, paved pull-through and back-in RV parking sites with electricity and water hookups, a pool, and picnic tables. It's pet friendly, and the fishing is good.
Going east near the Alabama border in Meridian are two top destinations when you want to explore or rest awhile. The Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA Journey Campground and RV park offers 49 shaded RV sites and Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a pool and hot tub, propane and firewood, and outdoor sporting facilities. RV campsites are pull-through and back-in, and hookups are included.
The Bonita Lakes RV Park features oversized RV sites with full hookups, and it's within walking distance of the local Walmart if you need to shop for food or supplies. This site is a hit with kids due to the classic caboose they can climb and explore. You'll also find WiFi, hiking trails, and a large lake that's great for fishing.
There are two dump stations about eight miles outside of Starkville, MS, both on County Lake Road. The first is located in the Oktibbeha County Lake Campground, which offers other basic camping amenities. The other is the Starkville KOA Campground just down the road, which offers all of the comforts and amenities you'd expect from this franchise. Outside of these two options, you can travel just over an hour to Columbus, MS, to Lowndes State Park or to the state capital, Jackson. There, you'll find several dump stations, as well as plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, food, and entertainment. Some of these dump stations are free for guest use, but others charge a small fee.
Whether you need temporary or long-term RV storage, there are several options that are in or near Starkville, MS. Starkville Storage offers 24/7 access for RVs. The rates start at $54 per month for a small 5x10-foot unit, and the premises have security video monitoring around the clock. Reservations can be handled remotely.
Two other options are nearby in Meridian, MS. SecurCare Self Storage is part of a national chain and offers a well-lit, secure space for RV storage starting at just $15 per month for an outdoor space measuring 10x20 feet. Moreland Storage is a U-Haul affiliate that offers both covered and outdoor RV storage. Covered spaces measure 10X14 feet and cost $50 per month. The outdoor storage measures 13x50 feet and runs $35 monthly. The facility is fenced with video surveillance and an electronic gate.
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. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Starkville, MS, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Starkville?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Starkville 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 Starkville?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.