JP Coleman State Park RV & Campground Guide

Tennessee

On the banks of the Tennessee River and Pickwick Lake, J.P. Coleman State Park boasts spectacular lakefront views, a cascading 50-ft waterfall, and acres of sparkling waters just waiting to be explored. 

Named for the 52nd governor of Mississippi, James P. Coleman, the park is located near the town of Iuka, which was built on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village. Iuka retains many connections to its Native American past, as well as its roots in the railroad industry, which arrived in Iuka in 1857. As well, the American Civil War devastated the area and claimed the lives of thousands during the Battle of Iuka in 1862. It wasn’t until the construction of Pickwick Landing Dam and the reservoir waters of Pickwick Lake in the 1930s that the area experienced economic renewal and increased tourism.

Today, visitors come to JP Coleman State Park to participate in water sports of all types on Pickwick Lake: sailing, boating, water skiing, swimming, and fishing. There are also acres of untamed wilderness and forested hills along the Tennessee River where visitors can spot shorebirds and other wildlife peeking through the trees or wading along the shoreline. Visitors can also check out the swimming pool, play on the miniature golf course, or join in on the park’s annual events like fishing tournaments and Halloween festivities.

If you’re looking for a secluded park with plentiful water sports and outdoor activities, then JP Coleman State Park is the perfect spot for your next trip. Read further for what to do in and around the park as you plan your trip.

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Fall 46-73 F
Winter 28-51 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in JP Coleman State Park

Destination? Check. Next? Accommodations. There are many different places you could stay during your trip to JP Coleman State Park — hotels, motels, cabins, tents — but only one option lets you stay close to the park, immersed in nature, without giving up amenities and creature comforts like A/C, kitchen appliances, and hot showers: RVs.

If you’re interested, but don’t own an RV, that’s not a problem. RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination like in Corinth and Florence. Near JP Coleman State Park, there are several RV campgrounds including:

JP Coleman State Park Campground

Soak up picturesque views of Pickwick Lake and forested hillsides by staying in any of the park’s 69 RV campsites. Plus, all sites have full hookups! Play all day on the lake, swim in the pool, or simply enjoy the beauty around you — all within minutes of your campsite. Rates are $24 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Bathhouses, restrooms, grills, laundromat, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, pool, playground, boat ramp, marina, dumping station

Goat Island Campground

In nearby Luka, this serene campground features 86 campsites with full hookups on the banks of Pickwick Lake. Meet the friendly four-legged inhabitants of Goat Island, fish for crappie and catfish in the lake, or watch for migratory birds and other wildlife. Rates are $24-45 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, grills, beachfront, fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife watching, boat launch, dumping station

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What to Do at
JP Coleman State Park

Inside JP Coleman State Park

JP Coleman State Park is located on the banks of Pickwick Lake, a majestic lake that spans across 47,500 acres and three states. Many visitors come to the park to go swimming, fishing, waterskiing, and boating on the lake, as well as other activities like playing miniature golf and exploring the park’s forested hillsides. From May to October, the park also hosts regular events like fishing tournaments, Easter egg hunts, and Halloween festivities.  

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Water Sports - Renowned for its sparkling blue waters and gorgeous scenery, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pickwick Lake offers all types of water sports including fishing, boating, and sailing. Launch your boat at the park’s boat ramp to cruise around the lake or practice your water skiing techniques. Be sure to check out Cooper Falls, a 50-feet waterfall near the shoreline where you can anchor and swim. Pickwick Lake is also home to many fish like catfish, crappie, and bass, making it an ideal spot for fishers of all ages — just purchase a fishing license at the park office beforehand!

Swimming - Cool off by taking a dip park’s swimming pool. There’s also a kiddy pool where younger children can splash around. There are no lifeguards on duty, so be sure to swim with a buddy! The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Outside JP Coleman State Park

Outside JP Coleman State Park, you’ll find plenty of activities to do, whether you want to stay in-state and stroll through the quaint small towns of Iuka and Corinth or cross the state line to explore historical Shiloh, Tennessee or charming Florence, Alabama. Whichever you choose, there are no shortages of historical sites — including Native American mounds and Civil War battlefields — as well as natural parks and springs, entertainment venues, and lively restaurants throughout the area.

Restaurants

Country Squire

This small-town restaurant serves up down-home country cooking in a laid-back, relaxed environment. Order dishes like the steak and baked potato, fried shrimp, and grilled catfish for an enjoyable meal after a day of fun at the park.

Type: Southern

Location: Iuka, MS

Lil Smokies

This roadside BBQ joint has a great selection of tender, slow-cooked meats paired with delicious sides. Favorites like the ribeye sandwich, mesquite chicken salad, and hamburger steaks make this place a go-to for lunch and dinner.

Type: Barbecue

Location: Iuka, MS

Vicari

This modern restaurant specializes in Italian-American cuisine with a variety of pastas, seafood, and salads for lunch and dinner. Recommended entrees include veal picatta, ribeye steak, and seafood linguine in vodka sauce — all of which are cooked to perfection.

Type: Italian, American

Location: Corinth, MS

Pizza Grocery

Located in a 1920s-era warehouse, this rustic restaurant serves specialty pizzas, pasta, and sandwiches in a lively atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place with top-notch food paired with excellent service, then look no further!

Type: Pizza

Location: Corinth, MS

Sightseeing

Mineral Springs Park

These springs gained notoriety in the 1800s when Chickasaw Chief Iuka was miraculously healed after drinking their waters, prompting many people to seek them out for their healing properties. Today, you can still drink spring water, play on the recreational courts, or take a peaceful stroll through the park.

Location: Iuka, MS

Old Tishomingo County Courthouse

Built in 1870, this former county courthouse is now a museum dedicated to Iuka’s history. Step back in time by visiting the original 1890s courtroom upstairs and browsing the artifacts and exhibits on Native American tribes, the Civil War, and other historical events.

Location: Iuka, MS

Natchez Trace Parkway

This 444-mile roadway follows a route once used by Native Americans, European settlers, slave traders, and soldiers. Enjoy a scenic drive, partake in outdoor recreation like hiking and biking, or check out the many historical sites and points of interest along the way.

Location: Corinth, MS

Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh marked the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil War and claimed the lives of over 7,000 soldiers. Visit the Shiloh battlefield, the U.S. National Cemetery, and Shiloh Indian Mounds to learn more about this harrowing event in American history.

Location: Shiloh, TN

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How to Get to
JP Coleman State Park

JP Coleman State Park is located 10 miles north of Iuka off MS-25. 

From MS-25, turn onto County Road 989 and follow County Road 989. Turn right onto County Road 321 and continue one mile to enter the park.

Address: 613 County Road 321, Iuka, MS 38852

Entering JP Coleman State Park

Admission is $4 per vehicle.

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