Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site is an important historical area that was the site of a significant Confederate victory during the American Civil War. At this site, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest led troops who were outnumbered to win a battle against the much larger Union forces.
Rent an RV near Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and you can explore several points of interest on-site. This battlefield site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a park in 1929. One of the components within the site is a monument that was placed shortly after the park received its designation; another is the Presbyterian church that served as a makeshift hospital for wounded soldiers, and the last is Bethany Cemetery which predates the Civil War (many early settlers of the area are buried here) and is the final resting place of some of the soldiers who were killed.
RV rentals in Lee County are how your iconic vacation will begin, but where your rental RV takes you from there is up to you. The battlefield site is open from sunrise to sunset year-round and allows guests to walk through the site at their leisure; there is a sidewalk or paved trail around the monument, making the battlefield site at least partially ADA accessible. It has interpretive panels that provide some information and context to the battle; if you would like to know more detailed information, there is an interpretive center located a few miles away in nearby Baldwyn and a visitor center to the south in Tupelo. Either of these locations can provide you with more information and have staff who can answer your questions.
Slightly farther out, there are a number of churches in the vicinity of the Brices Cross Roads Battlefield Site, and several ponds and two creeks that flow through the area, Dry Creek and Tishomingo Creek; these attractions can make for a pleasant walk through the area to take in the sights. If you'd like to take a driving tour of the area to enjoy the scenery, you can take your rental motorhome and follow the Brices Crossroads Tour Stops, which are strategically located in key spots that were important during the actual battle.
Camping near Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
There aren't any RV campgrounds inside the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, but there are quite a few within a short distance of the monument. One of them is the Campground at Barnes Crossing; this family and pet-friendly RV park near Tupelo rents individual campsites by the day, week, or month and has some long-term sites available too. All of the sites have full hookups with 30/50 amp electricity, shade, and WiFi; some of the sites have pull-through access. The campground has restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and is walking distance from a local shopping mall that has restaurants and stores.
Another potential campground is located within Trace State Park, which is renowned as the former home of the American icon Davy Crockett. RV camping at Trace State Park will provide you with full hookups, picnic tables, and grills. You'll also find the campground has restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a playground for children. The campground is near a long list of tourist attractions that include several state parks and national forests, museums, and much more. Reservations are recommended as it is a popular destination, and you can rent sites by the day or month.
Exploring the Area
While you're renting an RV near Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, you should check out some of the local communities such as New Albany; this quiet, friendly town has several urban parks, one of which follows along the Little Tallahatchie River and is home to the Mississippi Arboretum. You'll find shopping outlets that include a bakery where you can sample wedding cookies; there is a coffee roaster that prepares its beans on-site.
New Albany has an extensive restaurant scene with fast food outlets (if you're on the go in the camper rental) and cuisines ranging from Mexican and Italian to Japanese. Most of the venues are reasonably priced, so dining out with a family won't break the bank.
Guntown is another quiet village a short distance from Brices Cross Roads with a small but efficient restaurant industry. You can stop here for a bite and take a leisurely walk through town to appreciate the scenery; your options include a couple of family restaurants, a Mexican place, and a burger joint.
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, MS is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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