Leroy Percy State Park is the oldest state park in Mississippi



Leroy Percy State Park is located in Belzoni, Mississippi and is one of the oldest state parks in Mississippi. The park is known for its artesian springs, cypress trees and ancient oaks that are dripping with Spanish Moss. The park is the only state [ark that features a wildlife preserve. Hunters are drawn to the park for seasonal hunting. Alligators also call Leroy Percy State Park Home. The reptiles are able to be viewed safely from the two observation towers located above their hot artesian water home.

Camping facilities are available within the park. There are developed camping with 16 sites available for RV's. These sites are equipped with electrical hood-ups and water. A central sewerage dumping station and bath house with hot showers and a laundry facility are located near this camping area. Reservations are recommended for these sites and the remainders are on a first come first served basis.

Tent camping is available near the developed campground. Picnic tables and a bath house are located near the camping area. There are eight Vacation Cabins located near Alligator Lake and are equipped with air conditioning and heat, bed and bath linen, a stone or modern fireplace and basic kitchen equipment. Reservations are recommended for the cabins.

Group camp sites that accommodate up to 48 people in an air conditioned dormitory with meals served in the park lodge is another accommodation style at the park. Campers are required to bring their own linen and reservations are required.

Sunday Buffet lunch is served year round at the park in the restaurant. The restaurant is able to be reserved for dinner for groups of 25 or more people. The park office is able to assist visitors with information for dinner bookings. Breakfast and lunch are able to be purchased year round from the Snack Bar.

In the park there are 30 picnic sites with tables, grills and views of Alligator Lake. There is also a large pavilion that is available by reservation and able to accommodate groups such as family reunions, picnics, school or church groups. The pavilion is able to be supplied with electricity for a small fee.

Playground equipment is within the park along with an area that is able to be used for volleyball. Boat Launching is allowed at Alligator Lake and is always well stocked with bream, catfish and bass. Mississippi fishing licenses is required for all persons aged between 16 and 65 and is available from the park office for a small fee.

There are two nature trails in the park. The Black Bayou trail that runs through the bayou area has views of moss-laden oaks and the oxbow bends of the Bayou. Alligator Lake Trails runs around the lake and through the natural habitat of wildlife in the delta hardwood forest.

Other activities at the park include Disc Golf, the disc golf course that is open to the public and free to use. Discs are able to be purchased or rented at the park office. Events are also held throughout the year at the park such as Blues Festivals, Catfish Festival and hunting. Hunters are required to be registered and obtain a copy of the parks regulations and are able to hunt for deer, squirrel, turkey, duck and dove.

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