Buccaneer State Park

Location: Waveland, Mississippi

Webpage: Mississippi State Park

General Description: Buccaneer State Park is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast between Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA.  Newly reconstructed after the devastating destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Buccaneer is now open once again to the public.  The state park rests in a natural setting of large moss-draped live oaks and marshlands along the Gulf Coast.  Use of this land was first recorded in the late 1700s when Jean Lafitte used the beaches to smuggle goods into nearby New Orleans.  Within the park is the site known as Jackson’s Ridge which Andrew Jackson used to stage military operations that led up to the Battle of New Orleans.  He eventually returned to the area within the park to build his home.  Along with day-use areas that include a water park, picnic area, and disc golf course, the state park has 206 premium and modern campsites for RVs of all types and sizes.  Nearly all of the sites have full hookups with access to bathroom/shower facilities and an onsite laundry facility.


1) Following the devastation of Katrina, they have done a great job in reconstructing the campground area.  You can still see evidence of the destruction as the tops of most trees were lost in the storm, however, they have completely rebuilt the bathrooms, campsites, and roads.  Especially with its proximity to the Gulf Coast beaches it is a lovely place to stay any time of the year.

2) Our campsite was easy to back-in to, however, the sewer hookup was clear at the back of the RV which is too far to reach without putting on an extension.  Instead we used the dump station when we left at the end of our week stay.  They are suppose to have free WiFi in the park, however, we were never able to connect to it and most times it did not even show up.  TV reception was good due to the proximity of New Orleans.


3) The bathrooms were all new, modern, and clean.  The staff were also extremely friendly and accommodating.


4) There is an 18-hole disc golf course in the front of the park with some excellent views of the Gulf, when it is not foggy.  The course is mostly open and well laid out.