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Tucked in Louisville’s northern edge is a 420-acre recreation area called Legion State Park. The state park managed to retain its original 1930s charm, and it's an ideal location for RV camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Heavily wooded Red Hill Country surroundings, scenic hiking trails, and two pristine lakes, combined with modern structures and facilities, make the park a perfect rural escape.
Legion State Park hosts multiple events throughout the year that are both fun and educational, including the Kids-N-Kats Fishing Rodeo, Red Hills Crafts Festival, and Choctaw Indian Fair. Other area attractions you can explore nearby include Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, which is ideal for wildlife viewing, and Choctaw Museum, which history buffs will definitely love.
As the state park is located on the outskirts of Louisville, guests will find it convenient to go shopping, eat out, or buy fuel for their camper rentals. Another perk of being close to the town is that it makes it easy for visitors to rent an RV near Legion State Park. Search for a rig in some of the nearby towns like Starkville or Macon, both 30 minutes away from the state park. Alternatively, book an RV in Winston County and start packing for a fun-filled motorhome camping trip.
Legion State Park has two small lakes, Palila Lake and Legion Lake. Guests camping at Legion State Park can use both lakes for boating and fishing. You can find a fishing spot somewhere on a wooded shoreline, or cast your line from the comfort of your boat in the middle of a pristine lake. Regardless of the spot, both lakes are packed with bass and bream, and you might also catch bluegill or red-ear sunfish.
The park also has lovely hiking paths that wind through the woods and along the shores of the lakes. Hiking at Legion State Park is moderately difficult, but hikers are rewarded with scenic sights of flora and fauna. If you're camping with your kids, then take a walk to the park’s playground and spend some time there.
If you've always wanted to try archery or if you're already an archery aficionado, you’ll be glad to hear that the park has a designated area for that activity. Bring your longbow and arrows and find out just how good your aim is.
Finally, picnicking is a firm favorite with Legion State Park campers. The park has amazing picnic areas and pavilions with all the amenities you'll need. Organizing an unforgettable get-together or a family picnic will be a breeze.
Legion State Park RV campgrounds are well-equipped. There are around 15 campsites with water, sewer, and electrical hookups. You can also make reservations in advance, but bear in mind that the RV length limit is 40 feet.
The campground includes amenities such as fire grills, a playground, and bathhouses with hot showers. In case you prefer a more modern setting, you can rent a vacation cottage or cabins. The cottage comes with all the home comforts, including a kitchen, beds, furniture, dining table, chairs, showers, stove, and refrigerator.
Ready to hit the road after your Legion State Park camping adventure? The town of Louisville offers plenty of places where you can eat out. There are several Mexican food places, Chinese restaurants, pizzerias, fast food joints, as well as American fare.
History buffs will find plenty of museums and historic sites to explore in Louisville. Check out the vintage fire trucks at the American Heritage Fire Museum, or spend the day learning about the indigenous cultures of the area at Nanih Waiya Historical Site. Afterward, stroll through the historic downtown district to see elegant 19th-century homes and the Strand Theatre.
Some 30 miles west of the park, near a small town called French Camp, is the awe-inspiring Rainwater Observatory. This is a great place to visit during special celestial events when you can see the wonders of the cosmos up close. Additionally, the observatory offers multiple educational programs and interactive lectures, so you can sign up for one of those and learn new things about the wonders of the universe.
North of the park, near Starkville, you can find mesmerizing gardens that are a part of Mississippi State University. The gardens house plants that thrive in native landscapes and are also used for research. Five trial gardens are located throughout the state. The main gardens on the Starkville campus welcome visitors all year long, although you may want to call ahead before visiting. College sports fans may also want to attend a football or baseball game to cheer on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.