River View RV Park Campground – across the Mississippi from Natchez


We drove north from Gulfport on mostly secondary roads to the city of Natchez, Mississippi. We intended to stay at the Natchez State Park, but after reading some recent concerning reviews I decided to switch our stay to the Louisiana side of the river in the town of Vidalia. It was just across the bridge at Natchez, it lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River, it is the River View RV Park. We were very glad we did switch. The park was right next to the river and had a very nice bike path/sidewalk, with porch swings and benches and picnic tables, it was about a mile-and-a-half long.

View from the walkway toward Natchez,MS

The sites were nicely sized, ours had a concrete pad.

Our Site.

One evening while walking back toward the campground we recorded the following video of a massive barge moving up the river.  I’d never realized how large these combined vessels were.

We spent some time in downtown Natchez, ate at a nice restaurant, The Camp, in the old red light district called “Under the Hill” after our lunch we went next door to an interesting place called Under The Hill Saloon.  We had a good time there chatting with the transplanted locals and successfully pinning a dollar to their 10′ high ceiling without a ladder!

There was a River Cruise boat docked outside, apparently, the cruises are very popular.

View down river from “Under the Hill”

We also visited the Natchez City Cemetary. It was very interesting and unlike any cemetery, I’ve seen.  The graves date back to 1822. Some of the elaborate family grave plots really make a statement and demonstrate the wealth that existed in this part of the country.

Older Section

Older Section

Another view of the Older Section

 

We would return to the River View RV Park, it was a bit more money than other campgrounds but the river location makes it worthwhile.

Next stop is northward, up the Natchez Trace Parkway; we’re heading to the Grand Gulf Military Park Campground.