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Tishomingo State Park is located in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. The park is named for Chief Tishomingo, a Chickasaw leader from the 1700s and early 1800s. Tishomingo was a military leader who distinguished himself in the US military. He is thought to have died in 1838 at the age of 104. The state park is still frequently visited by Native Americans and history enthusiasts who want to see the places where this leader lived.
The park itself was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to World War II. The park opened in 1939 after four years of construction. Some of the original facilities are still in use; that includes cabins, picnic tables, buildings, and a fishing pond. The resilience of the facilities is due to their extensive stone construction.
Those who rent an RV in Tishomingo County can reach Tupelo, Mississippi in about an hour. Florence, AL, is about an hour away. Birmingham, AL, and Memphis, TN are each about two hours away, albeit in opposite directions. Tishomingo State Park could be the base of operations for a trip throughout the southeastern United States.
A major portion of the appeal of Tishomingo State Park is the undisturbed natural beauty. Vacationers are also able to rent an RV near Tishomingo State Park just for the hiking opportunities. The park offers seven different hiking trails, ranging from .75 miles to three miles. The trails range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The difficulty accounts for the footing, the width of the trails, and the amount of elevation changes. Along the trails, you will find waterfalls, creeks and streams, natural springs, rocky outcrops, and rock walls.
This state park is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, but the highest hills are only about 700 feet in height. The rocky mountainous terrain also makes rock climbing a popular activity. There are some named rock formations that are popular with visitors and regular climbers.
Bear Creek runs throughout the park. Many of the trails intersect with Bear Creek at various points. Visitors can also explore the entire creek by canoe. Canoes are available to be rented at the park, and float trips scheduled with guides are an option.
The park also features three disc golf courses for disc golf enthusiasts. The swimming pool is Olympic-sized. It is outdoors and thus only open during warmer months.
Tishomingo State Park has more than 60 campsites available. For those who book an RV rental in Tishomingo State Park, the sites have big rig access, and back-in sites are available. The sites have 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups as well as water. Waste can be dumped at a dumping station near the campsites.
In addition to the campsites, there are cabins available on the grounds as well. The park also accommodates tent camping, and some of the sites have fire rings. Firewood is on sale at the park should you wish to sit around a fire and enjoy some family time.
Those who are looking for other attractions can find many options near Tishomingo State Park. Woodall Mountain in Iuka, MS offers hiking opportunities for those that love the outdoors. At over 800 feet, Woodall Mountain is the highest point in Mississippi. Some vacationers book RV rentals in Iuka solely to visit the highest point in the entire state.
Mount Cheaha near Kentuck, Alabama, is about three hours to the east. At over 2400 feet, it is the highest point in Alabama. Some visitors book an RV rental in Mississippi so that they are able to visit as many states’ highest points as possible. Tishomingo State Park could be a good place to start that kind of travel.
The Old Tishomingo County Courthouse is most notable for issuing over 44,000 marriage license because Mississippi previously had no three-day waiting period for marriage licenses. The courthouse became known as “the marriage capital.” The courthouse was first built in 1870 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers insight into the history of Tishomingo County and northeast Mississippi.
The Apron Museum, as the name suggests, is a museum devoted to aprons and to sewing. The museum in Iuka offers history and culture through the lens of aprons. Much like quilts or other tapestry projects, aprons can tell visitors a lot about the history of an area.
For food options, when you book an RV in North Mississippi, you can find many different options. Much of the food choices are typical of the Deep South. There are local restaurants offering Southern food and barbecue as well as national chains. Fast food restaurants are common along the highways around Tishomingo State Park.
Highway 72 and Highway 25 intersect near Tishomingo, and there are several gas stations and truck stops along these routes. Interstate 22 to the south offers even more opportunities for gas stations, rest stops, and truck stops. Northeast Mississippi could be the launching point for a southeast RV adventure.