Our Town Quitman: Clarkco State Park

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Quitman is just a short trip down Highway 45 from Meridian, but if you've never been there you might be surprised about some of the area's hidden treasures.

You would reach the first before actually entering the town limits. It's Clarkco State park, established in the 1930s.

"This was an original CCC camp that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1937," said park manager Darrell Lanig. "The Civilian Conservation Corps, that was created by the President to put people to work during the Depression Era and paid the employees about thirty dollars per month."

The peaceful, quiet drive into the park from Old Highway 45 is just a taste of things to come.

"Our park here offers a very friendly atmosphere, mainly for family reunions and kids," said Lanig. "We have our 43 RV sites for RV camping with trailers, some primitive areas for tents, and our 20 family cabins for anywhere from four to six people. A lot of it is just the peace and quiet that the park offers. "

It's a nice, relaxing place to visit. Lanig says the park has several thousand visitors each year.

Clarkco has something for everyone, including a splash pad for kids, nature trails, fishing, camping, and plenty of wildlife. It even has tennis and disc golf.


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