A fabulous back woods “find” – Bienville National Forest’s Marathon Lake

Since we did the ‘city thing’ in Vicksburg to see the National Memorial, we wanted to get out in the woods again.   I started pouring over the map to find ‘green spaces’ between Vicksburg and Demopolis (where we will be camp hosts for three months) and found the Bienville National Forest just east of Meridian in Mississippi.  Marathon Lake is a small developed campground of 32 partial hookup sites.

It is a first come – first served campground so when we arrived, we drove the two loops and selected a beautiful site right on the lake.  It was easy to choose an ‘el premo site’ since there was only one other camper in the park!  Lots of shade and walking trails plus we rode our bikes into the National Forest on the dirt forest service roads.

The lake was easy to hike around and you could fish all the way around it or put in a boat with a less than 10 hp motor.  We positioned our chairs at the water edge and in the shade most afternoons and evenings to throw in a line and watch all the wildlife.  We did not catch anything but had a very relaxing time.

Most national forests that don’t take reservations require cash so be prepared.  Marathon Lake was $20 a night. Also no phone or internet signal there for Verizon.

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One Response to A fabulous back woods “find” – Bienville National Forest’s Marathon Lake

  1. Armond Davis says:

    It looks peaceful and relaxing.

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