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Grand Gulf Military State Park, Port Gibson

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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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  • very nice park to camp. went after tornado came through. we were not charged for the museum because of damage. the museum was incredible with neat artifacts. the lady there was very informative and ni...  more »
  • We visited the week after a tornado had gone through the park. We were told upfront and our entrance fees reduced. The park is lovely, even with certain areas closed from damage and flooding. The park...  more »
  • An important part of the Vicksburg campaign. And a surprise on our trip. Would suggest trim trimming the trees to allow a more historical view from the battery and view of point of rocks  more »
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  • 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!!
  • Drove all the way in and it was closed and locked with a sign staying it was closed at dusk...It was 4:30. A couple campsites were occupied but there was no way to get in. A simple sign at the gate would have been appreciated.
  • 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!
  • Fun camp ground. Nice hike and historic sites. My boy scouts had a blast here.