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Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast

author image RS Wagner
RS Wagner began writing professionally in 1997 as a frequent contributor to the "Sun Herald's" column, "What's Cookin'." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from William Carey University.
Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
The Mississippi Gulf of Mexico coast offers sand, fun and sun. Photo Credit gulf coast shoreline image by palms from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has numerous RV Parks for your camping experience with locations in national forests, on the beachfront and near casinos. Because temperatures on the Mississippi Gulf Coast range from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to higher than 90 degrees in the summer, many parks are open to RVs year-round.

National Forestry Parks

Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
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De Soto National Forest offers RV camping in two areas, Airey Lake and Big Biloxi. Maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, De Soto National Forest is a great place to camp when you want to really get away from it all. Approximately 30 miles from the city of Biloxi, on the Gulf of Mexico, activities include birdwatching, picnics, fishing, swimming, kayaks, canoeing, and there are more than 170 miles of trails for hikers, horseback riding, mountain bikes and ATVs.

Gulf Island National Seashore offers RV camping in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Spaces are available for RVs up to 45 feet. Activities include boating, fishing, biking, hiking and birdwatching. Although there are no swimming areas at the RV park, the Gulf of Mexico is less than 15 minutes away. Trips to Ship Island and Historical Fort Massachusetts are available at the harbor in Gulfport, Mississippi. Wheelchair accessible sites are also available.

Park stays are limited to 14 days from May to October, and 30 days from November to April. Discounts for seniors are available.

Casino RV Parks

Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
Obtain a player's card at the casino or online at the casino website to receive discounts. Photo Credit casino image by Valery Sibrikov from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Two casino-owned parks are located in Bay St. Louis on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. If you choose to stay at one of these waterfront RV parks, you will have access to all the amenities offered by the casino, as well as 24-hour security. Free shuttle rides are available to RV campers to the casino where you will be able to enjoy fine dining, shopping and spas. Other activities include world-class golf courses, swimming, kayaking, boating, canoeing, fishing, and water sports. Casino RV Parks often have discounts available for campers.

Beachfront RV Parks

Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
No camping is allowed directly on the beach. Photo Credit pelican image by michael langley from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

U.S 90, or Beach Boulevard, runs east and west along the Gulf of Mexico. On this scenic highway you will find several RV campgrounds that are located directly across the street from the beach. Beachfront RV parks are located near casinos, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, shopping, deep-sea fishing charters. Some offer free shuttles to the casinos and other attractions. Activities include jet skis, fishing, swimming, pools, piers and a 26-mile long public beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

Privately Owned RV Parks

Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
Most privately owned RV parks accept reservations and are open year-round. Photo Credit camping fire image by Roman Barelko from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Privately owned RV parks are everywhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many are just a few miles from the waterfront or Interstate 10. These parks are close to shopping, dining, water recreation, hiking and the Gulf Island Water Park. Rules and rates vary, so call ahead to find out the information for the specific park you would like to visit. Interstate 10 is approximately 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

Military Only

Best RV Parks on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
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Shields RV Park-NCBC Gulfport Base and Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, offers RV camping for military members. At Shields, RV campsites are on-base, while the Biloxi location, Fam Camp, is off base but on government property.

Amenities such as swimming, golfing, fitness centers and other on- and off-base entertainment are nearby. Neither base accepts advanced reservations. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available, and the parks are open year-round.

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