Grand Gulf Military State Park, Port Gibson

Grand Gulf Military State Park is a Mississippi state park located 10 miles northwest of Port Gibson in the unincorporated area that is now the ghost town of Grand Gulf, in Claiborne County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark.The 400-acre landmark includes Fort Cobun and Fort Wade, the Grand Gulf Cemetery, a museum, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, an observation tower, and several restored buildings dating back to Grand Gulf's heyday.Grand Gulf was originally a port on the Mississippi River, and in the 19th century before the war shipped thousands of bales of cotton that arrived by rail from Clinton, Mississippi in Hinds County. Its population in 1858 was 1,000 to 1500, and the community had two churches, a hospital, theater, town hall, cotton press, steam saw, and grist mill. It became isolated later after the Mississippi River changed its course to the west, and the town died without access to the river. It became a ghost town after the turn of the 20th century.
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  • In planning our drive between Vicksburg and Natchez, I saw almost no mention of Grand Gulf. But after seeing some of the great reviews on this site I decided to take the short detour off the Trace to ...  more »
  • What a great place to stay. We were there for three nights and were able to learn so much about the history of this area. It is a civil war battlefield sight and my cousins reenactment group was there...  more »
  • Wow! We thought we were just going to visit a park! This spot is beautiful and rich in history. It was a nomination fee of $4/person and totally worth it. The museum had TONS of info and displays with...  more »
  • Clean and well laid out for campers and RVs. Not great sites for tent camping. Clean restrooms and showers, friendly host, interesting museum. Very quiet at all times.
  • It's a nice place and the people are very friendly. Not a whole lot to see. Camping is available.
  • Nice day with the family. Not a large military park in comparison with Vicksburg obviously, but has a museum and a lookout tower. Kids enjoyed the day. Just across the road from the Mississippi River. Plain was flooded at the time we visited last and saw some alligators and Marsh birds.
  • We're from Alabama and stayed here a couple of years ago for a base of the Natchez Trace and Vicksburg. The park is full of Civil War artifacts and actual battlefield emplacements. Our park host, Jim, was awesome and accommodating in every way. The showers were clean and tidy. The museum was very cool. The Windsor Ruins are a really haunting old South place to go. Our spot was pretty level with full hookups. There is a lower nicer section for bigger rigs. We stayed in the upper section and you'd better have some horsepower to make it up the hill, but once up there; it's a little more private. We loved our visit and need to go back.
  • Very well kept piece of hisory!!!! A great place to visit to not only learn more about the past but great for getting out doors and enjoying beautiful scenery!!! The lookout tower was a nice bonus with a beautiful view of the mighty Mississippi!!

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