Paul B Johnson Campground

Paul B Johnson Mississippi Campground

As you see or might have already read, my other article about White Cypress Lake, I also came camping out here to Paul B Johnson state park. It was roughly about the same time from Summer 1985 – Summer 1987. Truly, I don’t look at it the same as I do White Cypress Lake. I can tell you this much though, my parents used to come here a lot when they were young in about the 1960’s.

Because we rarely came out here in the 1980’s is why I have just a few pictures available.

sitting on a side by a lake at paul b johnson park

As you can see, these pictures right below are from Summer 1985. These are the only ones I have that were taken there.

Because I went to paul b johnson just a few times, I admit that I have no clue exactly where these photos were shot at. When I went back and made the video of this place, I recognized the area all right, but exactly where we stayed, I truly don’t remember. 

in a boat at a campground
in a boat at a campground
swimming in the lake at paul b johnson park

When we went there, we would go with my grandparents. The picture below is my grandfather.

Like I said up top, where this picture was taken at, I truly don’t know. As you’ll see on another picture that was recently taken, you’ll see a wooden walkway to a small island in the lake.

That walkway wasn’t there when we came out here a long time ago.. I remember that!

When I came out here not long ago, I spoke to some people camping here of course. I spoke and asked things why did you come out here and what do you do for extra activities in the area?

They would mention things like go and visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum thats about 4 miles from paul b johnson. They’ll also mention about going to a golf club called Pine Creek Golf Club that’s roughly 7 miles away. 

It’s funny but it seems like ‘maybe just a fluke’ everybody that goes here is from the area around Hattiesburg.

I know from experience that obviously isn’t true because we lived about 2.5 hours one way. It just seems bizarre because before I would even ask about the wooden deck leading to the small island, people would tell me “that hasn’t always been here”. When I spoke to my mother about it, she pointed it out quick.

I also heard that the video I made seems a lot different because of the angle I view while being on that island. Just seeing the view of the state park from the island was shocking to some people.

Now I didn’t ask when they built the walkway, but from my time there back in 1985, it had to have gotten done in the last 30 years.

A lot of the people that I spoke to at paul b johnson would also mention how they have great little houses they can rent on weekends when they take families there.

They would go there every year for the 4th of July etc. etc. Obviously, both the parents and kids  love these cabins. They both have their own space and the kids feel they can do more things like they would at home without a parent looking over their shoulder all the time. 

I know they have at least two different sizes. I just happened to take a picture of the smaller one. I believe in the video below I viewed the bigger one in it.

It was just for a second though so you can easily miss it. If I remember correctly, it’s when I’m in the backyard of the smaller house by the lake and you can see it in the distance.

It seems like everyone would tell me the same thing as for what their kids would go and do.

They would always go for walks in the trails they have on the other side of the lake in the woods. You can see the main entrance into the trails on the picture below.

On the video, you’ll see ‘at the end’ that there’s multiple trails you can go down. It like splits out and I admit, I didn’t wonder down all the trails to tell you what they lead to exactly.

When the kids wouldn’t go in the woods, they’d just go to the lake and go swimming a lot. As you see in the picture below, It’s a very big lake.

You can even see at paul b johnson that they have a water play area for really young kids to enjoy. It’s like right by the main office area and not far from the boat launch part.

If you look close at the map of the camp area above, you’ll notice how it’s very close to the cabins.

One thing about this place, is that they have a lot of signs up so you don’t get lost. They make sure that you know whatever part you’re looking for won’t be a hassle finding it.

From my experience, the only thing I had trouble finding were the big cabins. When I think about it now, they’re in such a obvious place, it’s just easy to miss them because of the surroundings.

Now if you’re curious what it looks like in person, watch the video below. You’ll see I go around the campground and give you a glimpse from different spots.

There’s no particular order I do it in. I’ll say this though, when I was filming and wondering around the area, I was surprised to see how much of it was very similar to about three decades ago! While white cypress lakes was the opposite.

In case you’re curious about the amenities they have: 

Services & Amenities At Paul B Johnson Mississippi Campground

Within Facility At Paul B Johnson Mississippi Campground

  • Baseball/Softball Field
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Canoeing
  • Churches
  • Cultural Activities
  • Disc Golf
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Gate House
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Lake
  • Laundry
  • Meeting Hall
  • Newspapers
  • Parking
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming – Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing

Watch the short video of the campground below and tell me what you think of this place!

You might want to also check out John W Kyle Sardis Campground.

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