When you visit the vibrant town of Meridian, you’ll be shocked to learn it wasn’t always a vibrant city. In fact, the town was burned to the ground during the American Civil War by General William Tecumseh Sherman during the Battle of Meridian in 1864. Afterward, when the city was rebuilt, Meridian experienced a golden age of sorts, leading it to become one of Mississippi’s largest cities.
Obviously historic yet uniquely modern, you’re sure to find something you love when you book a travel trailer rental in Meridian. And although Meridian and the surrounding areas definitely have enough entertainment and discovery for everyone, its convenient location right off Interstate 20 makes it the ideal place to visit should you want to venture out and see all that Mississippi has to offer. Less than two hours' drive from Jackson and just two hours' drive from Birmingham, Alabama, your next adventure awaits in Meridian.
The Great Outdoors
Head outdoors and spend some time at Bonita Lakes Park when you book an RV in Lauderdale County. This popular park spreads across 3,300 acres and offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding. Enjoy a picnic in one of the pavilions, let the kids play on the playground, or see what you can catch in one of the three lakes located within the park. If you’re searching for a place where the entire family can spend the day outdoors, look no further than Bonita Lakes Park.
If you’re traveling with kids when you rent an RV in Meridian, don’t skip the chance to visit Highland Park. The historic city park was used in the late 19th century as the grounds for the Meridian Fair and Livestock Exposition. Today, the city park is anchored by a large swimming pool and is home to an antique 1890's Dentzel Carousel. There is also a playground and a duck pond.
Do you like waterfalls? Look no further than Dunn’s Falls Park in Enterprise. Situated along the banks of the Chunky River, Dunn’s Falls Park features a 65-foot waterfall created in the 1850s. The waterfall not only provides scenic beauty but it works to power the park’s iconic water wheel. Dunn’s Falls Park is also home to an 1857 grist mill and a mill pond stocked with catfish and frequented by ducks. A short walk from the waterfall, you will find yourself immersed in the woods, removed from all traces of civilization. Enjoy a serene walk down the nature trails, and keep your eyes peeled for wild turkey, deer, squirrels, and other types of wildlife which call the area home.
Looking for a place to stay when you book a motorhome rental in Meridian? You have several options. One option is Nanabe Creek Campground and RV Park. This RV park in Meridian has a full-sized swimming pool, a fishing pond, and a wooded nature trail. The campground has 50 full hookup sites with 30/50 amp electrical service. If you require a pull-through site, those are available too. At the campground, you will enjoy shaded sites with lots of trees, climate-controlled bathhouses with warm showers, a laundromat, a large covered picnic pavilion with a grill, and fire pits for an evening of campfires and s'mores.
Another potential place is Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA. In a peaceful country setting, the campground has shady pull-through sites and full hookup sites with 30/50 amp electrical service. Campground amenities include a large covered picnic pavilion, firewood and propane sales, a dog park, a seasonal swimming pool with a huge water slide, and horseshoe pits. There are also washrooms with hot showers, a laundromat, Wi-Fi, a game room, a camp store, and much more. You can feel at home when you book a camper rental in Meridian and stay at Toomsuba KOA.
Exploring the City
Come see what you’ll uncover at the Meridian Museum of Art. This art museum, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, is also a Mississippi Landmark and a place you’ll certainly want to check out next time you’re in town. The Meridian Museum hosts diverse exhibits that feature some of Mississippi and Alabama’s finest artists. In addition to its exhibits, the art museum’s school of art offers classes for people of all ages wanting to refine their artistic abilities.
Learn about Mississippi’s history at the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum. Take a trip back to the age of the steam engines, and experience what it was like to work in a steam engine factory at the turn of the 20th century. The factory (turned museum) retains much of its original furnishings and equipment and displays many of the company’s most notable products. In addition to its exhibits, the museum holds occasional events throughout the year, so be sure to stop by when you book an RV rental in Meridian.
Another place of interest, particularly for aviation aficionados, is the Key Brothers Aviation Exhibit. The exhibit commemorates the Key brothers, who set a world endurance flight record in 1935. During a time when air travel was still unavailable for most, their flight brought recognition to Mississippi. Check it out at the Meridian Regional Airport.