Camping along the Mississippi and a Little Bit of Memphis

After leaving Texas, we had a stopover in Little Rock, Arkansas, before making our way to West Memphis, Arkansas, and Tom Sawyer RV Park. This is a great campground if you’re looking to be along the banks of the Mississippi, near Memphis, TN, and want a quiet and relaxing place to stay. We had a full hook-up pull-through site that backed to the water, so we had great views. There is a small laundry and bathhouse, but that is the extent of the amenities. However, the views more than made up for this.

NOTE: Since it’s on the Mississippi, it is prone to flooding when the river does. Also, the office is closed to the public. Check the website above for instructions before your arrival.

They were relocating this paddlewheel cruise ship further downstream.
Rush hour on the Mississippi!

While we could have spent all day just watching the traffic on the river, there was much to see and do in Memphis.

First up was to find some good BBQ. Central BBQ – Downtown came highly recommended. We were able to find parking along a side street and walk to the restaurant. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and had to wait about 1/2 hour.

This gave us time to realize that we were next to the Lorraine Motel and the National Civil Rights Museum. After our dinner, which was good, we walked over to take a few pictures of the museum and motel.

We wish we’d had more time so we could visit the museum, but it was late in the day. If we are in Memphis again, we’ll definitely add this to our list.

Another site everyone recommended was Bass Pro Shops. While this may seem like an unusual location to add to your Memphis bucket list, this particular Bass Pro is inside a pyramid. Surrounding the store is Big Cypress Lodge. Surely a sportsman’s dream, you can actually stay overnight inside the Bass Pro!

On the 28th floor of the Pyramid is The Lookout at the Pyramid. You can ride in the country’s tallest free-standing elevator to the top and dine with views of Memphis and beyond. Reservations are recommended. We were there on a cloudy day and chose not to pay the $10 per person to ride the elevator.

There was more BBQ to try and sites to see, so follow us to see the rest of our Memphis experience in the next post.

We’re Mike & Jennifer Skinnell, and together we are The Rambling Quilter. We travel the country full-time in our 41ft. fifth-wheel pulled by our F-350 – affectionately named Beauty & The Beast. Mike still works part-time, and Jennifer writes our blog, travel articles, and contemporary fiction. Our blog is purely for information and entertainment purposes. However, if you’d like to support Jennifer’s writing career, her author link is below.

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