Jeff Busby Park (MP 193)


The Jeff Busby Park is a very nice area at Mile Post 193 of the Natchez Trace. And I had chosen the camping area at the Jeff Busby Park as the first place for Stephanie and me to experience our first boondocking stay.  We really enjoyed our first TV free overnight, and realized our eight, four-year-old, Trojan 6V AGM coach batteries are probably not in great condition and we should replace them when the opportunity presents itself. Their poor performance caused us to run the generator a bit more than we’d planned, but all-in-all no major issues.

We intentionally arrived early afternoon, as the sites are first-come-first-serve, and we assumed some of the 17 camping sites wouldn’t accommodate our 43′, coach. When we arrived, about 1330hrs, there was only one other RV, an air stream travel trailer one one of the sites. We drove through the park surveyed all the remaining 16 sites and decided the first site on the right as you enter was our best candidate. So with Stephanie providing ground guidance, we eased Ike into the site on the first attempt.

Site with Ike in place

The site was very long, however, the only relatively level part was along the first half. So we stopped there. The site had a fire pit with a cooking grate, a picnic table, and a drinking fountain. We had ample room between us and the other sites and by many of the sites were occupied.

Rear with Ike in place for the night.

We decided to take a stroll up the roadway to the visit the lookout. One of the highest points in Mississippi. It was a very easy 1-mile walk to the top.

Lookout

We came back down from the top via a hiking trail, which was very well maintained with new timbers and a couple of footbridges.

An unusual mushroom

These blooms were everywhere along the trail.

We met some interesting folks while visiting our neighbors, including a group of four guys from Minnesota, bicycling the 444-mile trace from north to south in five days. One of them was 70+ years old.

We’d stay at Jeff Busby again if we ever have the occasion to be in this area.

Next stop Tupelo and the Campground at Barnes Crossing.