Persimmon Hill

Army Corps Of Engineers

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County Road 34
Oakland, MS 38948

GPS: 34.136, -89.903

Number of Sites: 72
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 266 ft
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40 Tiffin Phaeton
8 reviews
Days stayed: 9
“Not Well Kept/Rules Broken”

Reviewed Sep 17, 2017

Overall Rating

We were greeted a part time camp host soon after we pulled into our site. He answered any questions, told us about the area, gave us a map, pointed out the full time hosts site, said they mowed all week to keep the place up, & told us we could stay 28 days, and then he could get us an extension from the ranger for another 28 if we wanted. Knowing the COE rules of 14 days at a time, I mentioned it was not like that at other COE parks in other states we had visited, but he insisted those were the rules here (website rules beg to differ). That became evidence as to why it is hard to get a reservation here, many people have been here way beyond the rules, even some sites occupied by campers with no one staying in them. Rangers drive by frequently in the early morning and evening, but never saw them do anything, and they have to know people are staying too long because they see the same campers/cars every day, so it's not as though they are not aware. In addition, the whole campground had fairly high weeds, and no one mowed for the next 7 days while we were here so the weeds were now really high. That resulted in lots of bugs. The only area that seemed to stay mowed were along the entrance roads.

We noticed a large pool of oil in the corner of our site that must have been spilled by the previous camper and tried to find the full time camp hosts, but never could and never saw them doing anything in the park for the 9 days we were there. We even knocked on their camper door with no response. We wound up buying some cat litter to pour on it to at least try to soak it up. Even when we did finally find the part time host again, no one ever came to clean it up.

No way this park is a 9.8 rating (on another website). I would rate it possibly a 6 at most, but expect it to go lower as time goes by. Just too much of a lack of attention and too many rules broken by the rangers and "hosts". Too many people "living" in a federal recreation area.

Our site had a lot of litter on it which we picked up, but it was level and backed up to the lake. It had a cement picnic table, grill and fire pit, but we did not use them due to the high weeds. It was a walk up site, since as I said it's difficult to get a reservation due to so many long term campers. The park was generally quiet, and a few nights a group of men got together and played bluegrass music which was nice.

Be sure to tour the fish hatchery, it's very interesting and definitely worth $2.50.

We might stay again for a one nighter because it's cheap, but probably not for any length of time again. Closest store is Walmart in Batesville, about 15 miles away.

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  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • water available
  • pets


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