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Grand Gulf Military State Park, Port Gibson
(4.3/5 based on 65 reviews on the web)
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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  • Interesting and detailed museum should be taken in before the up to 2 mile drive or walk along some interesting sites. Lovely old Church, Spanish style house and many detailed info boards explaining t...  more »
  • Being that our main destination was supposed to be The Vicksburg Nat'l Park, we almost passed up this place. But, we were so glad that we stopped! There were a lot of artifacts and interesting sights ...  more »
  • If you need tv (unless you have satellite), wifi (unless you have a personal hotspot), and phone service (unless you're willing to travel 5 miles into town), this is not the place for you. But if you ...  more »
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  • Great campground, clean, quiet, level concrete sites under trees in the lower campground. Lots of history to explore on the grounds. Great river view, but no direct access. The ladies working there are a wealth of information and can help with anything - even recommending places. The one downside is no cell service - I had 1 bar with at&t and was able to text sometimes - and only about 4 TV air channels. I did get a good signal when I drove up to the observation tower - not climb it, just park next to it. Not sure about satellite reception, but there are alot of trees. Will be staying here again!
  • We stayed at the campground here. If you need tv (unless you have satellite), wifi (unless you have a personal hotspot), and phone service (unless you're willing to travel 5 miles into town), this is not the place for you. But if you enjoy peace and quiet in a beautiful setting, you'll like this campground. There's an upper and a lower campground. You have to go up a steep hill to get to the upper campground so we stayed in the lower one, and we're glad we did. The upper campground is where the tent sites are located, and they're put to good use by scout troops and school groups on the weekend. The road into the campground is narrow, but the campground was practically empty while we were there so it wasn't an issue. The campground is a perfect place to relax, the people are nice, and the museum and battlefield are free for campers. You can wash your RV for $5 and your car for $2. The laundry has two washers ($1) and two dryers ($0.75). There's a shower/restroom at the upper campground. The shower/restroom/laundry for the lower campground is at the top of a hill, but there are stairs to get to it or you can drive up to it. Since we would rather use the shower and bathroom in our RV anyway, this wasn't a concern for us.
  • The Museum is packed to the brim with artifacts, the staff are very courteous and knowledgeable. I found the grounds to be very well maintained. Yes the cemetery could be better taken care of but take into consideration they probably have a very meager budget to keep up the park. All in all it is a fascinating place! There is something for everyone there!
  • Love going there just to walk around and shoot photos! Well worth the couple bucks admission.
  • The park is in total disrepair . It's a shame how bad the cemetery has been allowed to deteriorate. The only this that was nice to see was the museum the rest of the park is ran down and not worth the fuel it takes to make the trip.