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    Does anyone have suggestions for a good place to camp near Vicksburg? We are hoping to go for four days or so after our kids from IA leave here to head back home.

    We plan on going to the battlefield/park, but we'll take suggestions for other things not to miss while we're there too.

    Zerelda
    Dan & Zerelda Hammer
    Pensacola, FL
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    I had planned to stay @ Vicksburg in October but had to cancel the entire trip due to hurricane Ike. (My daughter lives in Galveston. Surprisingly her house came out okay but she lost her job and day care. The island is still devastated.)

    If I recall, there weren't an abundance of places in town. This one appeared to be an easy off and on the highway... Let me know if it works out. I plan to complete the trip next fall.

    Ameristar/Casino RV Park 4116 Washington St. 601-631-0402.
    Jay

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    • #3
      We stayed at Magnolia RV Park during a visit to Vicksburg several years ago.

      Nothing fancy. We felt safe. They had some of the cleanest restrooms I've ever seen in an RV Park.

      I would stay there again.
      Russell
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      • #4
        Originally posted by drfife View Post
        We stayed at Magnolia RV Park during a visit to Vicksburg several years ago.

        Nothing fancy. We felt safe. They had some of the cleanest restrooms I've ever seen in an RV Park.

        I would stay there again.
        We stayed at Magnolia park as well. Good value. I have some comments about it and what we did in Vicksburg in my travel web site. After getting to the link, click on "Oct 02" on the left side of the screen.

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        • #5
          Riverboat Casino

          We never made it into the river boat Casino.
          My DW knows how I get around those slots.
          We did drive thriough the lower parking lot, I wanted to see what it felt like to be below that flood wall.
          Hard to believe that water could get that high as wide as that river is.
          I sat near the cannons at the twin bridges just day dreaming about what it must have been like in those days.
          That water will really make your mind wander, whats left of it.
          We have a daughter who lives just south of downtown.
          Lee
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          • #6
            Ameristar Casino RV Park

            Just stayed at the Ameristar Casino RV Park, exit 1A, Washington Street. The sites were cement, a little on the short side but big enough for the big rigs and fifth wheels that were there. Had cable and WIFI, we pulled in there because of the heavy rain we encounter just as we reached Vicksburg.
            We would stay there again.
            Caroline

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            • #7
              We stayed at Ameristar Casino RV Park last summer and it was nice. We were there to tour the battlefield and a couple of homes & other sites, never went to the casino itself. One night we went to supper at the Casino buffet and it was good. We would do it again.
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              • #8
                Port Gibson Military Campground

                We are going to be camping at Port Gibson Military CG, just outside Vicksburg while we're in that area. The reviews are all good, and I've spoken to two people who have camped there, and they loved it. So when we get back from our trip this summer, we'll let you know what we think.

                Zerelda
                Dan & Zerelda Hammer
                Pensacola, FL
                SB 2006 - 34 BWKS
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                • #9
                  Port Gibson Military

                  Originally posted by rvduo View Post
                  We are going to be camping at Port Gibson Military CG, just outside Vicksburg while we're in that area. The reviews are all good, and I've spoken to two people who have camped there, and they loved it. So when we get back from our trip this summer, we'll let you know what we think.

                  Zerelda
                  I assume that you have to be retired military to stay at that CG. :dunno:

                  There is a place south of town where they build those oil derricks that go out to sea.
                  We drove down that road and had a look from a distance.
                  Don't know how close you are supposed to get.
                  They are larger in person than seeing on TV.
                  Enjoy your visit down there.
                  Lee
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                  • #10
                    No you do not have to be in the service for this park Lee. It is North of Port Gibson, on the way to the Power plant. We have been by there and looked it is a real nice park. Have all ways said we are going there but never have. I recomend Reservation as the people that work at overhauling the Nucuar plant stay there while working
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                    • #11
                      Grand Gulf Military Monument Campground

                      This campground is in Grand Gulf, just north of Port Gibson, and about 25 miles south of Vicksburg. It took us about 40 minutes to get to the battlefield from the camprgound. The drive on the small road between hwy 61 to the CG is what takes up some extra time. Once you get out on the highway, the trip goes fast.

                      If you camp here, you'll want to make sure your GPS does NOT take you in the back way. It is NOT RV friendly. Fortunately, we did not have to find out from personal experience. When I made our reservatios, the woman I was talking to was kind enough to tell me. So use hwy 61 and turn at the signs.

                      As Lee said, you don't have to be military to camp here. It is a "monument" to those who fought the battle there during the Civil War. As it turns out, one of my great-great grandfathers fought at that battle as well as one at Vicksburg. The CG has a small museum that's free if you're camping there; otherwise, it was $3, I think. There are also an old small church, an old mill (moved to the site), an old Civil War era cemetery, and an old fire tower you can climb for a great view of the sunset. I just had foot surgery at the end of March, so I did not make that climb this summer. We just happened to be walking up by the site when the CG host came around to go up and watch the sunset and relax for a bit.

                      There are two sections to this CG. The bottom level (pictures) is very nice. The only negative things I can say is that the sites are bit short (when we parked the truck we had to angle it in under the front of the trailer so we didn't hang out in the road), and though the trees were pretty, they really need to lop some of the limbs to keep them from scraping the trailers. They have full hook-up (30 & 50) - all for $17 a night if you're over 60. It's $20 a night for all you young 'uns. When you make a reservation, it's not for a particular site - it's first come/first serve. Most of you have been camping long enough to know the strategy. The day we pulled in, we had the pick of our sites. The following day, a club came in and stayed through the weekend. By Monday morning, the CG was empty again.

                      The upper level of the campground is more rustic - gravel/dirt/grass sites, large shade trees, and nice in its own way. (It was full over the weekend with families with pop-ups, smaller trailers, and tents.) However, the pull, though short, to get up there is very steep. So I would suggest, as did the CG host, is to park the rig and take a look to see if you're interested in making that pull up the hill to camp up there because you'll have to get a "running start" before you start up the hill. (This is the other negative thing.) If you get up there and change your mind, you have to drive all the way back to the office to turn around and come back.

                      The host was very friendly and helpful. There are two washers/dryers available, which were both very clean, as were the restrooms/showers (at lower site). I didn't check out the one up top.

                      We took our bicycles one night across the road and down a piece to the mighty MS River. Of all the nights not to have my camera with me...we saw a young racoon waddling across the road, and a pair of turkeys w/ nine babies following along behind. I'd seen lots of wild adult turkeys (no jokes here guys!), but I'd never seen baby ones. We scared up a baby deer too. There were also signs that told about how high the flood waters got during the big flood in the 90's. Apparently the water came up the road, nearly to the office of the CG (for about two weeks).

                      There are a couple of short hiking paths, and roads for bicycles, although it's rather hilly in some places, but that just makes it more interesting. It's rare to see a vehicle on the road in the CG, but there will be the ocassional car, and the host makes his rounds up there too.

                      We drove over to Port Gibson to see the Ruins of Windsor. You won't spend more than 15-20 minutes looking around, but it is interesting and worth the stop if you're in the area.

                      More on Natchez and Vicksburg another time. Believe it or not, I have been more busy this summer than I am when I'm working. Getting ready to retire is exhausting!

                      Zerelda
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                      • #12
                        Thanks Zerelda, Mississippi is on my list to explore soon. We have found out from experience that when we get close to a unfamiliar campground, to stop with the GPS and start using locally placed signs. We have driven right by the CG entrance on more than one occasion cause the GPS said it was 400 ft farther.
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                        • #13
                          Sitting at Ameristar Casino RV Park as I type.
                          Sites are paved but not exactly level.
                          The sewer pipe is way back in site - need extra section of hose.
                          People real friendly - there are several long term trailers - including couple FEMA trailers.
                          WiFi and cable is good.
                          $2 more for 50amp sites
                          Discount for Good Sam Club.

                          Will stay here again.

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