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Review – Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi

During our recent spring break road trip, we stayed two nights at Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi.

Buccaneer was completely wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. So all of the facilities were nice and new. Only two of the campground loops were open, but the staff indicated that the other loops would be open soon.

There was easy access to a small sandy beach, with longer stretches of beaches just a short drive away. Beaches were what we drove south from Missouri for, so we were very happy with the location. The water park, which includes a slide and wave pool, were still being rebuilt. Once open again, these will make this park a great summer attraction. There was also a disc golf course on the property.

Our campsite had enough grassy area to pitch two tents. We had water and electric. We also had a picnic table, a BBQ pit, and a fire pit for a campfire.

Now for the downsides of this park. We had some problems locating the park. There was a lot of road construction in the area and the signage was not very helpful. It was also slightly buggy during the day and evening, with a lot of no-see-ums.

The biggest problem however in my mind was the train. The tracks were just north of the park and it came through several times each night, blowing it’s horn loudly. We were tent camping in the RV area. They also have a primative tent camping area, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It was even closer to the tracks and a good walk to the shower house.

Overall, I’d recommend this park, but you might want to bring some earplugs and bug spray.

4 Responses to Review – Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi

  1. Stephanie May 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

    I’m thinking of taking my children to this location. However, it will just me me and my 2 young boys. my concern is safety. My husband is deployed and can’t come with us and my family is extremely worried about us being safe. Is there a lot of people that camp there and were they friendly in your experience? Is there security or anyone available in case of emergencies at all hours? An emergency phone? any information of these sorts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Scouter Mom May 31, 2012 at 8:52 PM #

      The park had just reopened when we went in 2011, so they only had one or two of the loops open. The people nearby were friendly and courteous, mostly families. Like many state parks, there was only one road going in, so there was no through traffic. Only campers came back to the campsites. You’re best bet is to call the park and ask them directly. The staff was very helpful and I’m sure they would answer any questions you have about emergency services and security.

  2. Robin November 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM #

    Does anyone know if Buccaneer State Park had Internet service and cable?

  3. Mary June 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    I camped there with only my 10 y/o son in 1999. We slept in a tent with water and electric. We spent all day at the wavepool and wading pool(4 ft deep) We also walked across the road to the beach. Not many campers there except on the weekend. Stayed there for a week because we had so much fun that we didn’t want to leave. When people asked me where my husband was I told them that he was fishing all day and came to the campsite late each night.

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