Just off I-55 in hilly McComb, Mississippi, Percy Quin State Park is one of my family’s favorite campgrounds that is one of our favorite places to camp to get away from the busyness of daily life and enjoy all that nature has to offer. We have had many relaxing yet refreshing weekends around campfires and along the bike trails of Percy Quin that we come back several times a year.
Fortunately, Percy Quin State Park is about 1.5 hours from the New Orleans metro area, right off of I-55. Check in is simple at the main gate and the campground is not hard to find. When entering the campground, we typically prefer the north campground, as its sites are more along the lake and provide breathtaking views of sunsets along Lake Tangipahoa and great fishing off the banks as well! All campsites have concrete camper pads and while some are level, there are also several that are not, as the area is hilly. Be sure to check the grade of your site when booking your reservation at Reserve America. Percy Quin does offer full hookups and all sites have plenty of shade. There are several sites that may be smaller due to steep hills and ravines, be sure to check when booking. There is a camp store within the campground, but it is not consistently open. Sites are roomy and leave lots of room for kids to play and the campground roads are also paved and generally not high traffic so children can ride bikes safely.
There is never a shortage of things to do when visiting Percy Quin. If you like bike riding, there is a great paved bike trail that goes along the lake in front of the cabins. Our family loves taking that ride on every trip we take. Amenities also include bath houses throughout the campground, boating, fishing, a nature trail, tennis courts, a playground, swimming pool, and other water activities along Lake Tangipahoa.
While we do love Percy Quin, there are some improvements that we think can be made. While the bath houses are adequate, they are dated and could use some upgrades. Also, there is never hand soap available to wash your hands with if you use the restroom! Also, the playground area is not part of the campground; it is on the other side of the park in the Day Use area. It would be great if there was a playground available for guests of the campground, as it is a long bike ride or requires a drive to get to the existing playground. These issues aside, we still thoroughly enjoy our visits and continue to head there for nice getaways to reconnect with family.
If you are looking to go camping for a nice, natural location that isn’t a far drive from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Jackson, MS, head over to Percy Quin State Park! The scenery is beautiful and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy for your visit!
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