Nestled in the rolling hills of northwestern Mississippi, just one hour south of Memphis, John W. Kyle State Park is a large, sprawling state park that is home to the Sardis Lake Reservoir and accompanying dam as well as a campground, fishing, boating, and vacation cabins. It is also only about 25 miles away from Ole Miss, which makes its location ideal for anyone wanting to visit the campus or a football game in the fall.
We made our visit to John Kyle State Park in November 2016, right before Thanksgiving. We spent 5 days and 4 nights at the park. We thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and serenity of the campground and were pleased with the size of the campsites. RV pads were mostly level and made of concrete and the roads of the campground were paved and provided ample space to back in. Our campsite was spacious, but not shaded. There were sites with trees that were more shaded, but those were not open to reservations at the time. Sites included full hookups, however, the distance between the water and sewer hookups to RV’s required additional length than what is typical. Be prepared upon arrival- you may need extra hoses! I think someone in our party needed a 65′ hose to get to his camper from the hookup.
Finding the campground within this large state park was difficult; signage was not clear or adequate to find the RV campground. Upon our arrival, which was in the late afternoon, there was no park employee available for check in. I think during our whole stay, we may have seen a ranger/park employee one time.
We aren’t sure if it was because it was before a holiday or because it was an off week, but our group and one or two other campers were the only people staying at the campground in this moderately sized campground; therefore, there was not a whole lot of social activity. We tend to like to socialize with camping neighbors and get to know others who enjoy the great outdoors. Amenities include a playground, bath houses, boating and fishing. The environment was a great representation of the beauty of the outdoors as the leaves were turning colors and the lake was very still. It was nice that our kids could ride bikes and play without risk of danger from speeding cars and trucks. The playground area was well equipped and shaded, and the dam was an interesting excursion that was also educational for the kids.
The one downer of this park is that the bath houses left a lot to be desired. Of course, having an RV, we don’t NEED the bathhouse, but sometimes it is nice to be able to use them to save time and effort during the evenings. The bath house that was closest to our campsite was closed and we had to walk considerably further to another one. That one was incredibly dated, musty, and full of cobwebs and broken knobs and did not look like it had been cleaned in a while.
There isn’t much around this area, however, you can head one or two exits down to Batesville, which is a quaint little town with a train station, many cute shops, a Walmart, Kroger, etc. If you want to stick nearby the park, there is a large Dollar General with a small selection of groceries and basic necessities right on the other site of the interstate.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit to John W. Kyle State Park, as the natural beauty and overall quiet nature of the park was great for our extended family to enjoy some valuable quality time. Reservations can be made at Reserve America. This park would be great for LSU or any SEC fans headed up to Ole Miss for a game or to just spend a quiet weekend of R&R.
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