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Once home to the legendary Davy Crockett, Trace State Park is a beautiful woodland landscape on the Pontotoc Ridge of northeast Mississippi. Immersed in the midst of nature, you can discover some of the 480-plus plant species that the park has to offer. If you bring your binoculars, you can view some of the abundant mammal population. Located under a half hour’s drive away from the small town of Shannon, Trace State Park is a little over twenty minutes from Tupelo, the exciting birthplace of Elvis.
While RV camping at Trace State Park, one of the special privileges you gain access to is the Pontotoc Country Club’s beautiful 18-hole golf course. One of the other features of the park is the unique coral-shaped Old Natchez Trace Lake. This coral shape helps to separate the different activities that the lake has to offer, from year-round water-skiing to bountiful fishing. Hiking trails also twist in and around the park, offering 35 miles of spectacular views. Whatever your fancy, search for an RV in Lee County today to get a jumpstart on that nature-inspired vacation you’ve been meaning to take.
One of the trails inside the park is the Jason M. Stewart Memorial Trail, a hike named after a 13-year-old boy who was an avid outdoor enthusiast known in the community for his excellent work in wildlife management and environmental service. The trail initially started out as one of Jason’s projects. However, after his premature death in a horseback riding accident at home, it was his 4-H Club friends who finished and commemorated the trail to Jason. Fast forward to today and you can walk the young boy’s trail and view sights such as Cottonwood Creek, Booger’s Bottom Bridge, and Trace Lake.
Down at Trace Lake, you can find a myriad of aquatic activities. On the left side of the lake is the no-wake zone, a calm and relaxing spot for fishing. Grab your tackle box and rod from your RV rental and you just might see a bird wading in the cool waters of the lake. If water-skiing is more your thing, head over to the middle of the lake to get an exhilarating wake going with your powerboat.
Close to the right side of Trace Lake is the pavilion and playground area, where kids can stretch their legs after a filling picnic. Also on land is Trace State Park’s very own disc golf course, Old Warrior Run. With 18 holes at a rolling elevation, the course offers sparkling lake views at each hole, providing fun for the whole family.
Trace State Park campers can benefit from a grand total of over 75 different RV campsites to choose from. Spreading in and out of the tips of Trace Lake, all of the RV sites have full sewer, water, and electricity hookups. In addition to full hookups, each site provides picnic tables and grills. Pets are welcome at most of the sites; just make sure to check online for which sites do allow pets and which ones don't.
Say hello to modern luxuries while camping in a motorhome here, as there are three bathhouses complete with hot showers and a laundromat at your disposal. With many sites offering views of the lake, you have the opportunity to birdwatch, photograph, or just plain relax, right at your front door!
Under ten minutes away from the park is the Pontotoc Country Club, where visitors camping at Trace State Park have the opportunity to golf at a discounted rate. Whether you're an avid golfer or you're just learning how to swing your club, Pontotoc Country Club caters to both with its practice green facilities and challenging steep terrain. Just minutes away from the club is the bustling city of Tupelo, where you can fill up on gas, groceries, or some good old-fashioned country cooking.
While in Tupelo, head over to American icon Elvis Presley’s birthplace, chapel, and home. Experience guided tours of where he lived and breathed the inspiration for many of his legendary songs. View the museum and statues built to honor and remember the talented singer in his many stages of life.
Also begging to be explored is the largest zoo in Mississippi, Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, showcasing animals from all around the world. Boredom doesn’t even begin to exist at this living, breathing, and colorful educational stop. Come and visit with shaggy Asian Yaks, energetic Australian kangaroos, or picturesque Middle Eastern Camels. From visiting Elvis Presley’s home to fishing to water-skiing in the sparkling waters of Trace Lake, this is one RV camping vacation you won’t want to sit on.