Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RV Park Review – North Abutment Campground (Grenada Lake, Mississippi)

Overall, we love this campground that sits perched on a woodsy hill overlooking Grenada Lake in central Mississippi.  The campground is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and has provided a restful respite every time we have stopped there (which is actually only twice).  It is located about 10 minutes off I-55 but is well worth the time to be at this relaxing campground. 

Our site #22 was super long and level (as are 99% of the sites).  Unfortunately, the lake water level was way down so the brown you see behind the motorhome in the picture is dried lake bed.  Bummer!
The campground has 88 sites adjacent to Grenada Lake.  All roads are paved and present no problem for big rigs.  All sites are 50/30 amp full hook-up, paved and have picnic tables and fire pits.  Some sites are so long you could fit two large motorhomes in there back to back!  Sites run the gamut of shady and wooded to open and sunny facing the lake. 

Shady site that backs up next to the woods
Nice long site with partial shade
Sunny, open pull-through long enough for any length RV
Facilities in the campground include a boat launch, playground, and shower/bathroom.  Within a short drive is a visitor center, picnic shelters, ball fields, tennis courts, nature trails, and there is plenty of fishing opportunities in and near the campground.

What we really liked about this park is pretty much everything . . . sites are well spaced, there is easy access to the lake/boat launch, numerous hiking trails, sites are paved and full hook-up sites . . . and all this for the cut-rate price of $20/night (unless you have a Golden Age Pass which puts this at a bargain basement price of $10/night).  Sweet!

The not so good is the distance from any facilities.  The closest town is Grenada and about 5 miles away.  But if you plan ahead and want to relax this is not a problem.  The downer for us on this visit is that the lake was a mile or so away since the water level was drawn down for dam repairs.   

Spirit’s two cents . . . there was plenty of room for her to run and take long walks around the campground and on the trails.  Spirit was super bummed that the Grenada Lake was not within reach of our campsite.  We stayed here 2 ½ years ago and were able to walk right out our door with our bathing suits on and dipped in the cool water.  There is another small lake in one of the campground loops so she did get a little dip.

bath/shower (cause I know how much you like seeing pictures of that)
lovely site over looking (what used to be) the lake

Hope you all had a wonderful Veteran's Day!  Thanks to all those who have served, are serving, and will serve.  


  1. Looks like a nice place to stop! Thanks for the info.

  2. We're workamping at a COE park on the SC/GA border now. Wonder if this COE needs workamper volunteers? It's pretty close to one of our kids. Thanks for the tip, we'll be looking into this now. :c)

    1. There were work campers at the campground but not sure about the availability. There is also supposed to be a nice campground at at Enid Lake but we have never been there. Good luck.

  3. Looks like you're getting closer and closer to Grayton Beach! We've been here a week and we're so happy to be here. Let us know when you've arrived and gotten settled in and let's plan to meet up somewhere.

    1. Yes, we finally made it back and are happy, happy, happy to be here. Spent the last two days dealing with moho repairs but are so glad to be here for the next four months. Let us know when you would like to meet up.

  4. Hey Betsy and Nancy,
    I saw your blog and am delighted that you are having such a wonderful time on your travels! I just wanted to say hi and wish you all the best. Love the recipes, too, Nancy!
    Take care and drive safely,
    Colleen (Berry)

  5. Mississippi does have a few nice spots. I have lived here all my life and I camp. I have seen Arcabutla, Sardis, Enid, Granada, and Ross Barnett. They are all within a few minutes off I-55. They all have nice camp grounds, some you will have to look for. But most are REALLY nice (when the lake is up)...
    My opinion is that Sardis Lake is the most popular one. It actually has an upper lake and a lower lake. People who jet ski like the lower lake because a lot of the camp grounds are there.
    Great fishing in each of these lakes though!!! I've fished them all :)

  6. Lack of water in a lake is so heart breaking. We are in Texas and everything west of Fort Worth is drying up so quickly. Abilene State Park has no water at all! Just heart breaking.

    The photos you took are wonderful. I look forward to visiting this park some day!

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  8. The lack of water is due to the winter draw down that is done so when it rains in the spring the lake can hold the water and keep the delta from flooding.

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