Paul B. Johnson State Park

Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Webpage: Mississippi State Park

General Description: Paul B. Johnson State Park is located just south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the heart of the Mississippi pine belt.  There are a variety of outdoor activities available within the park including picnics, playgrounds, disc golf, swimming, fishing, and nature trials.  For staying overnight there are a number of options including cabins and cottages, tent camping, and modern RV sites.  There are a total of 125 RV sites available, many with lakefront views.  All of the campsites offer full hookups and bathroom facilities.

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Impressions:

1) While the park is well organized for RV parking, it is an older state park which means the asphalt pads for the RVs are very narrow and some can be difficult to back into.  There are a few pull-through sites, but the majority are back-in.  All sites have full hookups with 50 amp service, picnic table, and fire ring.

2) Check-in can be a bit confusing as you need to stop at the park headquarters before entering the RV campground.  There are no signs for this and since the headquarters is located at the rear of a parking lot off the road, it is not obvious you need to stop there first.  We stopped in the road just past the offices to check in since the parking lot would have been very difficult to deal with as you would have to back out of it.

3) While most of the sites are angled properly to facilitate backing in, our site was not.  It was perpendicular with the road and had a wet ditch just on the other side of the road.  Combined with a large tree preventing us from angling the approach made for a difficult job backing into our site.  Just about any other site in the campground would have been much easier to get into.

4) The sewer hookup is at the extreme back of the site which meant we had to use our sewer extension to reach it.