Spending summer vacation locally

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- It's summer time so you know what that means. Families hitting the road for summer vacation, but instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip, many are enjoying the warmer months at local and convenient state parks.

"We to keep it were if someone wants to come to the park system they can. We work hard on that. We won't find a more economical place for vacation or a summer stay at a state park," said Administrator, Mississippi State Park Brad Rogers.

There are 25 state parks that stretch from North Mississippi to the Gulf Coast. 244 cabins, 45 motel rooms and 1,600 RV sites.

"The most northern park we have in the system is J P Coleman State Park. It sit on the 10 tom waterway Pickwick Lake. There's lots of boating, fishing, opportunities, there's waterfalls their and it's at the base of the Appalachian Mountains," said Intergovernmental Affairs Director Jennifer Head.

Some of the state park such as Buccaneer Water park have been renewed since Hurricane Katrina hit.

"Katrina hammered the park down there. Basically leveled it. With our government assistants it helped us to get reformed and restarted. We basically were able to put Buccaneer back together as a brand new park," said Administrator, Mississippi State Park Brad Rogers.

You don't have to worry about driving far out to visit one of these state parks.

"Some state park of Mississippi is within an easy drive of most areas. We said early we stretch from the north to the south to the east and west. Some way, somehow somebody can get to a state park," said Administrator, Mississippi State Park Brad Rogers.

Mississippi state parks have more than 23,000 acres of wooded land. There's a four dollar fee for daily vehicle usage and it costs 50 dollars for an annual park permit.

Some of the most popular parks in Mississippi include:
Buccaneer Park
Clarkco Park
Cossar Park
And Golden Memorial State Park.

They are just a few of the state parks you can visit this summer.