This small campground in Tombigbee National Forest is located about three miles south of Ackerman. Setting is by an impounded lake in a treed lawn with lots of sun and shade in the hills. Old CCC designed park. Quiet, dark at night. Well marked and easy to locate off highway. Sites are located at the end of the recreation area roadways. We reserved through Recreation.gov since our arrival was on July 4. We had to pay a $9 online reservation fee in addition to camping fees. Who'd a thunk it, but there were a number of sites open for first come/serve, which would have saved the $9 fee. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay. Sites are gravel contained in rail ties, so everything is level. In the A Loop, many sites are waterfront, while all sites on the B Loop were water view from several hundred feet. Utilities worked fine. DTV included all five major networks. CSpire phone service was 5 bar 3G. Excellent bicycling opportunities. Great 3 mile trail around Choctaw Lake, numerous off road bicycling trails amounting to about 25 miles. Children's playground looked fun. Kids were happy here. Fishing, fresh water beach. Bald Eagle hangs out around the dam. Dump station cleaning hose could have had more pressure. Virtually any camper would engage in conversation. Camp host funny, friendly, perhaps insane, full of stories. Excessive barking by tied up pets was annoying, host should have asked that the dog be put inside. Little to do in Ackerman, so we went to Starkville (home of Mississippi State... Go Dawgs!). Best Mexican restaurant on Earth next door to Chilis. Shrimp enchiladas incredible. WalMart has a MSU sportsgear shop, I cleaned house there. We would camp here again without hesitation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We very much enjoy this small camp ground. We have new bikes and spent a lot of time riding trails around the lake and the surrounding forest. This is an excellent location for campers who like to hike or ride mountain bikes. The trail around the lake is 2.7 miles of handicapped accessible (to Americans with Disabilities Act standards) trail. There are 40 miles of additional trails linking to those around the campground and lake for those wanting more arduous experiences. My only complaint was the bathhouses were not as clean as last year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The Tombigbee National Forest has done a good job of improving and maintaining this campground. The pads were good crushed rock or concrete with lots of room. There is good shade for summer camping. We plan to be back this Fall for MSU Football games. MSU campus is 30 miles away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A great park, not too far off the Trace. Very quite and a nice separation of sites. All sites are gravel and roads are all paved. This is a very nice park with a well kept playground and actually two lakes - one has a swim beach. We didn't fish but we did see some nice strings of fish caught each day. All the facilities were very clean and well maintained. There are not too many activities in the area but good restaurants and casinos just down the road. Some sites are reserveable and some are first come. We have stayed there before and will stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was an excellent campground for a National Park although not a lot of sites. Beautiful setting on Choctaw Lake with several sites adjacent to the lake. Lots of trails, fishing, small boats, and wildlife. Only one shower stall in the restrooms so timing is everything. If you are in the area it is worth your while to stop at this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pretty park; good walking. Sites are haphazardly laid out with no set site numbers. It was not crowded so we had no problem with spacing. The sites near the Trace could have some road noise. No dump station. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Jeff Busby is one of the free campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway maintained by the National Park Service. A must stop. Quiet and dark, you are immersed in nature. Clean rest rooms with running water. The nature trail and just walking around the campground and picnic area is a wonderful experience. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful, quiet, clean and free. What could be better? Paved pads in the oak woods with picnic tables, fire pits and water taps spread throughout the park. New clean restroom building. There is a nice hiking trail up to a scenic viewpoint. A good place to unwind for a day or two during a drive down the Natchez Trace. Plenty of room for big rigs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We tried traveling to Rocky Springs in one night, to no avail..we stopped at Jeff Busby for a night. Since it is free, we can't complain too much... the bathrooms are very clean, complete with running water. The sites are very open... no privacy, but most campers are respectful enough that it is not a big deal... there was no campground host when we showed up, so we just set up our tent for the night then moved on. NO firewood for sale anywhere, we will know better for our next trip! We camped here in a Tent.
This is a free park with no hookups. The sites are fairly large and level. Some sites are double sites, which can be nice when camping with friends. The park is very quiet at night and you can enjoy the sites along the Trace, which is nice. The view from the day use area at the top of the hill is quite nice! Lots of wildlife. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great park for overnight on the Natchez Trace. No amenities of any kind other than drinking water and restrooms. We actually stayed in the picnic area as the campground was already full when we arrived around 4pm. Check with the store at the entrance to campground for permission to use picnic area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pretty wooded, typically peaceful setting (marred one day and night by a DP who ignored many empty sites, pulled in right behind us and ran their noisy generator for hours on end including starting it up at 5:30 in the morning). Bathrooms clean enough but simple, no showers or hook-ups. The sites are curved pull-thrus laid out rather strangely and some are not very level but those are small things especially for a free campground. Nice little trail to the high point overlook area. This is a wonderful place to stay while exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway. We camped here in a Motorhome.
No hook-ups, no showers and most sites were not very level but a wonderful campging experience anyway and the price is certainly right. One of the three campgrounds conveniently located right on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a drive that no one should miss and staying in the campground really lets you immerse yourself in the history of the time and the area. We loved it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rated this a "9" for a primitive campground. The site was cleaned and blown of leaves, the firepit was clean, as was the trash barrel at the site. The site also had a picnic table. Most sites were pull throughs and ours accommodated our 35 ft. fifth wheel nicely. The restroom was very clean. It was lit at night. Tent sites had a tent pad. There is a walking/hiking trail along the campground. It would be a do-over campground for us. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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We did not camp here, but we took a look so we could rejoin the Natchez Trace when we
complete our journey south someday. There is a gasoline station and camp store at the entrance to Jeff Busby, otherwise it is rustic. The campground has one bathhouse (cold showers only) and a potable water spigot. Bathhouse was very clean. Sites were clean with paved access. Some picnic tables and tent sites were down the hill from the parking space. In a very rural area. There is actually no fee (free) to camp here. We camped here in a Tent.