Towering pines, colorful wildflowers, and fragrant magnolia trees await at Percy Quin State Park, a public recreation area just off Interstate 55. The park is anchored by Lake Tangipahoa, a fantastic place to swim, sunbathe, paddle, and fish throughout the year. The rolling hills and lush forests provide a picturesque backdrop for an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, and golfing on a championship course. History buffs will love the link to Percy Quin, one of the state's most popular politicians. The park is also dotted with historic buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.
Planning a getaway to the Magnolia State? Book an RV in Pike County and you'll enjoy the freedom to camp at Percy Quin State Park, as well as other nearby recreation areas such as the Homochitto National Forest. Venture further afield and you can discover Mississippi gems like the De Soto National Forest and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Percy Quin State Park occupies 1,700 acres, with Lake Tangipahoa at its center. On a sunny day, you could easily spend hours basking on the beach and cooling off in the water. The shoreline is dotted with scenic picnic spots where you can enjoy lunch with a view. The lake also doubles as a water sports hub, with boating, water-skiing, and fishing all on offer. Cast a line and you could reel in Florida bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish. Alternatively, beat the heat in the Olympic-sized swimming pool near the picnic pavilion.
At the heart of the park, Quail Hollow Golf Course features over 6,750 yards of rolling fairways and lush greens. The 18-hole championship course welcomes visitors throughout the year and is a fantastic place to practice your par. There's plenty to keep the kids entertained, including playgrounds, tennis courts, and a rec room with a pool table and coin-operated games.
Scenic nature trails wind through the park and are a great way to stretch your legs. Watch for local wildlife, including deer, cranes, squirrels, and alligators. As you explore Percy Quin State Park, you'll notice a handful of historic buildings constructed by the Civilian Corporation Corps in the 1930s. Today, the buildings serve as a reminder of the inspirational efforts of the CCC during the Great Depression.
Camping at Percy Quin State Park
The Percy Quin State Park Campground is set on the shores of Lake Tangipahoa and treats campers to gorgeous views and 100 full-hookup sites. The campground is geared towards RVs and offers excellent amenities, including 30 and 50-amp service. The best sites are set on the Lake Tangipahoa shoreline and boast uninterrupted views — perfect for setting up a camp chair and relaxing with a good book. You'll also have access to picnic tables, barbecue grills, and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. Four modern bathroom blocks with flush toilets and hot showers mean you won't have to compromise on creature comforts. There's also a dump station for RV rentals.
The well-stocked camp store sells firewood, ice, and other RV camping essentials. The Percy Quin campground can accommodate RVs and trailers of up to 40 feet in length, making it a good option for small to medium-sized rigs. Pets are welcome, so why not bring along Fido on your next motorhome camping trip? Thanks to the mild climate, Percy Quin State Park welcomes visitors throughout the year. It's best to make a reservation if you're visiting during peak season from May to October. If you're visiting for annual events like Camp Sunshine or MTS Tour for Cure, you'll need to book well in advance.
Exploring the Area
Percy Quin State Park is a great base for exploring the southwest corner of Mississippi, where you'll find historic towns, beautiful Antebellum architecture, and a vibrant arts and music scene. As you cruise along the highways in your campervan rental, be sure to play a classic Mississippi soundtrack of blues, jazz, rock, country, and gospel. In cities like Natchez, you can visit magnificent mansions surrounded by live oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
For gas, groceries, and other basic motorhome camping supplies, head to McComb. At two and a half hours away, New Orleans is a great place to kickstart a road trip in the South. As well as offering a good selection of RV rentals near Percy Quin State Park, The Big Easy will win you over with historic charm and legendary jazz bars. Soak up the nightlife on Bourbon Street, explore the historic French Quarter, admire elegant mansions in the Garden District, and eat your way through Louisiana comfort food. Jackson is an hour and a half north and is a great place to pick up your rental RV near Percy Quin State Park.