Originally planning on making the next stop Florence, AL, we changed our minds and decided to check out Bay Springs C.O.E. just north of Tupelo. Once again, we were very glad we did. The campground has definitely won a place on our list of favorites.

Normally a very quiet peaceful park, the peace was threatened our second night there when a severe storm outbreak moved through the area. At one time, local radar was tracking 5 tornadoes at one time in northern Mississippi. We kept a close watch on the TV throughout the evening.

One tornado touched down 30 miles west of us, doing considerable damage. A lesser twister touched down just five miles from us, but we had no damage in the park at all.

Bay Springs has more amenities than any C.O.E. park we’ve visited. Attractions include a sand beach swimming areas, nice visitor center, laundry, numerous playgrounds, an amphitheatre, and attractive campsites.

Each asphalt site has a gravel patio complete with grill, grill side table, fire ring and picnic table, and usually a view of the lake.

There is also a three quarter mile nature trail along the lake.

We were surprised to find an observation area at the lock and dam, unusual considering the tighter security measures since 9/11.