We were so happy to have arrived at our campsite at Paul B. Johnson State Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Now, we had visited this park a couple years back when we were running away from Hurricane Sally. We only stayed one night then as it looked like Sally was headed our way. There were very few campers the night we were there, and most of us left the next morning. Nobody wanted to meet Sally.
It’s amazing how different the same place can look under different circumstances. Now, this is a gem of a park, but first I want to give you the specifics of our campsite.
We had a waterfront view, and we even saw a lone grey wolf. The next day, we noticed the mountains in the distance.
If you are Dan, you can skip this paragraph, as you have already heard it numerous times. Everybody else, stay right where you are. Especially if you are RV’ers. My husband, whom I promised to love until death do us part, loves the pull through sites. In principle, I agree. When I made these reservations, I didn’t pay too much attention to the sites or the campground map. I wanted to make him happy. That’s on me.
Bottom line, the pull through sites at Paul B. Johnson give new meaning to the words pull through – because you just want to pull through and leave as soon as possible. Not my idea of how to enjoy a stay at a state park.
There are only about a dozen of these pull through sites. All the rest are back-in sites and are spaced as you might expect at a state park. Most sites are pretty nice – spacious and with pretty views. Next time, I, I mean we – Dan and I, will weigh the options a bit better and consider all of the factors – such as how many nights we are there. For this trip, we had reserved three nights.
The good thing about camping at a Mississippi state park is that a senior discount is given to all seniors – not just those who live in Mississippi. So a full hook up campsite for seniors is $16 a night. We like that!
I would also mention that, for some reason, GPS takes you into the “back entrance” – if you put your destination in as “Paul B Johnson” state park. However, if you use the street address – “319 Geiger Lake Rd. Hattiesburg, MS” it will take you to the front entrance. The only issue with arriving by the back entrance, as we did, is that there is no signage for the pull through site numbers. So, we drove around all the camping loops with no luck.
Most people waved at us when we drove by a second time. We smiled and waved back and tried to look like we knew where we were going. We finally turned down a road with a sign pointing to the office, and that’s where we found our campsite. One sign would make all the difference. When we mentioned all this to the office, they smiled and said, “Yep.”
Even with the quirks, this is a very nice state park. There are a number of amenities, and we enjoyed riding our e-bikes on the roads.
We really didn’t do a whole lot while in Hattiesburg. We did visit “The Lucky Rabbit” and a grocery store one of the days. Other than that, we simply enjoyed the park – taking walks, riding e-bikes, and playing some Scrabble.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to our next destination. And yep, it’s a pull through campsite!