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Tupelo National Battlefield offers a unique chance to retrace the footsteps of American Civil War troops. As you explore the historic battlefield, you'll be transported back to July 1864, when Union forces marched into Tupelo to confront Confederate soldiers. The conflict became known as the Battle of Harrisburg and saw more than 20,000 soldiers go head to head. While neither emerged victorious and more than 2,000 lives were lost, the Federals were successful in protecting Union railroads from the Confederates. Today, the battle is honored with a one-acre memorial site in the heart of Downtown Tupelo.
Beyond Civil War history, RV camping near Tupelo National Battlefield is a fantastic opportunity to get to know this corner of the Mississippi. Visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley, get up close with a herd of bison, and cruise along the famous Natchez Trace Parkway. Planning a getaway to the American South? Book an RV in Lee County and you can tour Tupelo, then venture onwards to Mississippi gems like Vicksburg National Military Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Tupelo National Battlefield is perched on Highway 6, also known as Main Street. Wandering around the historic site, you'll learn about the lives that were lost during the clash, as well as the impact the battle had on the American Civil War. The site is dotted with antique cannons that bring the battlefield to life.
You can also pay your respects at a stone memorial dedicated to the memories of the Union and Confederate soldiers who fell during the battle. Want to know more? Stop by the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center before you visit the battlefield to pick up an informational brochure and learn more about the battle.
More than just a historic site, Tupelo National Battlefield is a fantastic stop for families. Kids love collecting educational trading cards distributed by the National Park Service. There are more than 500 to collect and are a great way to teach your little ones about the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Tupelo National Battlefield is also a key stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway Junior Ranger program.
Book an RV campground near Tupelo National Battlefield and you'll have plenty of time to explore the historic site at your own pace. A six-mile drive southeast of Tupelo, Tombigbee State Park features a small wooded campground with 20 RV-friendly sites equipped with water and electricity hookups. There are modern restrooms with showers and toilets, as well as a dump station for RVs with services onboard. All sites feature picnic tables, grills, and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. Tombigbee State Park welcomes dogs, so why not rent a pet-friendly camper and bring along Fido on your next road trip? The largest sites can accommodate motorhome rentals of up to 54 feet long. The no generator policy at Tombigbee State Park promises peace and quiet around the clock.
A 20-minute drive west, Trace State Park offers 80 RV-friendly campsites set around a picturesque lake. Facilities like a disc golf course and flat hiking trails make Trace State Park a favorite with families. For more options, consider one of the private RV campgrounds strung along the Natchez Trace Parkway, which stretches for 44 miles from Nashville to Natchez.
No RV camping trip to Tupelo would be complete without diving into the city's musical legacy. A short drive out of town, Elvis Presley Birthplace features a historic museum housed in the modest cabin where the King was born on January 8, 1935. It's a stellar stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail, along with other attractions like the Gateway Blues Museum in Tunica. As you cruise along the trail, be sure to play a soundtrack of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and, of course, Elvis Presley.
One of the best ways to explore the American South in a camper rental is on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which stretches for 444 miles through Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama. The scenic drive follows a historic travel corridor known as the Old Natchez Trace and takes you past scenic lookouts, nature trails, and historic sites. Walk in the footsteps of thousands of weary travelers on the Sunken Trace Trail, tour a former working plantation and popular guesthouse at the Historic Mount Locust Inn, and climb Jeff Busby Little Mountain for sweeping views over the hills of Mississippi. At milepost 320, Buzzard Roost Spring is a great place to enjoy a picnic while admiring the crystalline water. When you rent a motorhome near Tupelo National Battlefield, you'll find no shortage of opportunities to explore the Magnolia State.