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Lefleurs Bluff State Park - Camping in the Heart of Jackson, Mississippi

Updated on September 20, 2014

LeFleurs Bluff: Camping in the Heart of Jackson, Mississippi

LeFleurs Bluff is a state park in Jackson, Mississippi. Located on the banks of the Pearl River within the city of Jackson, this is a perfect stop for travelers exploring the South Eastern part of the United States.

Lefleurs State Park - Site # 4

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A Tranquil Park Located Near a Big City

At LeFleurs Bluff State Park in Jackson, Mississippi, you get a mix of wooded natural areas complete with swamplands and Mayes Lake, but you are also very close to an Interstate highway near the capital city of Jackson. You are right in the middle of the city but it doesn’t feel that way; it is quiet and peaceful with the occasional alligator swimming towards the Pearl River or an egret or blue heron hunting for food.

This state park is a little gem in the heart of a big city. With large, level campsites and lots of shade beside a small lake the campground is delightful. Many of the campsites are situated directly on Mayes Lake. I especially like campsites # 4, 9,11,12 and 14. This 305-acre park also features a nine-hole golf course and a driving range and a playground for children.

Lefleurs Bluff has 28 sites available for tent and RV camping and are equipped with water and electrical hook-ups. The developed camping area also includes a central sewage dumping station and a bathhouse with showers (that have plenty of hot water.)

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Jackson, Mississippi - Beyond the Southern Stereotype

Throw out everything you think you know about Jackson, Mississippi; there are so many fun opportunities and educational activiies to do in Jackson and the surrounding area.

What to Do When Visiting Jackson, MS

You can explore the Civil Rights Movement at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center or visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, where you will see dinosaur bones, gemstones and raw minerals, and taxidermied animals. Children will especially enjoy the Mississippi Children's Museum or the Jackson Zoo. At the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, you can visit a heritage center, a rose garden, several mills, and a blacksmith shop,

Are you a sports buff? You won't want to miss the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – named among the Top 10 “Most Amazing Baseball Museums in America” by ESPN.

A little over an hours drive from Jackson, you can travel to Vicksburg, MS. Vicksburg, is home to the Vicksburg National Military Park. Visit the U.S.S. Cairo Museum, located in the National Military Park. The U.S.S. Cairo Museum is crafted from the remains of an iron gunboat and offers insight into sea warfare in the mid-19th century. Then, take in the Vicksburg Battle Museum, which chronicles Vickburg's role in the Confederate army.

Flooding - Important Information

Important Information: Mayes Lake Campground is subject to flooding during heavy rains due to its location along the Pearl River. Park officials are notified by the National Weather Service and Ross Barnett Reservoir Patrol in the event of possible flooding. Before you head to Lefleurs Bluff, call (601)987-3923 to check on any possible flood situations.

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Wonderful Campfire!Mayes Lake at Lefleurs Bluff State Park
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Mayes Lake at Lefleurs Bluff State Park
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Located on the historic Natchez Trace trade route, created by Native Americans and used by European-American settlers, it was first settled by Louis LeFleur, a French Canadnian trader. The village became known as Lefleurs Bluff.

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through wonderful scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Visitors can enjoy a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Understanding Jackson

Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and since 1944 the largest city of the State of Mississippi. Located south of the Yazoo River, it is considered to be at the southern border of the Mississippi Delta.

The city is named for Andrew Jackson, who was honored for his role in the Battle of New Orleans and later was elected as US president. The current slogan for the city is "Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul."


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      Susan B. Ouzts 3 years ago from Monroe County, GA

      I can't wait to visit this park again! Are you planning on visiting Mississippi?