Summary: A Popular Snowbird RV Route Florida to Upstate NY, Canada and New Egland

Map of our RV Route Tampa to the Northeast
1,512 miles – Tampa,FL to the Northeast

Snowbird RV Trails
July 7 – July 15, 2015 – 7 Days & 6 Campgrounds
Start: Tampa, Florida
1.*Walkabout Camp & RV Park – Woodbine, Georgia – $17.60 – 228.2 miles
Blog Entry: Woodbine, Georgia
2. *Jolly Acres Camp – St. George, South Carolina – $17.12 – 187.3 miles
Blog Entry: St. George, South Carolina
3. VanHoy Farm Family Campground – Harmony, North Carolina – $45.00 – 223.7 miles
Blog Entry: Harmony, North Carolina
4. *Shenandoah Valley Campground – Mt. Jackson, Virginia – $24.74 – 263.5 miles
Blog Entry: Mt. Jackson, Virginia
5. Western Village RV Park – Carlisle, Pennsylvania  – $42.00 – 141.1 miles
Blog Entry: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
6. River Beach Campsites – Milford, Pennsylvania – $32.00 – 198.5 miles
Blog Entry: Milford, Pennsylvania
End: Magic Pines Campground – Lewis, New York – 257.8 miles
* – Passport America half-price parks

Totals:
1512.3 Towing Miles
Camping: $223.46
Food: $177.42
Gas: $414.70
Trip Cost: $815.58

Highlights:
Shuggs Southern Soul Cafe Restaurant – St. George, SC
The Shiloh General Store – Hamptonville, NC
Family Picnic – Harmony, NC

Thoughts:
The Interstates are in a sad state of disrepair in general and becoming worse each year. The bridges are patches on patches; the sub-structures are crumbling.
The traffic pattern around Charlotte, NC (I-77) is horrendous with bottlenecks backing traffic up for miles at drive time. Try to make it before or after the main rush or make sure you have a full gas tank.
I-84 from Wilkes-Barre to I-87 in New York is torn up and re-routed to opposite lanes for miles. The drive through the “chutes” (concrete barriers lining both sides of the 10′ wide lanes) seems endless. It will probably be under re-construction for a couple of years.

Conclusion:
America is beautiful and its people are warm and friendly. One day stopovers are not the way to see America. We normally spend at least 2 nights at each campground but due to our late start for this “Spring” Snowbird trip North, we opted for quick. We missed seeing a lot this time and are totally tired from the trip. It’s not the way to see the USA.
That said, this is a good and very popular route from Florida to the Northeast. It avoids much of I-95 and the big cities of Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore.

I do think we would definitely consider taking I-78 from Pennsylvania to the NY/New England area and avoid  I-84. Another option we often use is taking I-81 to Binghamton, NY and then I-88 to Albany and I-87 North toward Canada or I-90 East into New England..
If you have any questions about the route send us an email to snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com and we will do our best to answer.

We look forward to meeting you on a Snowbird RV Trail one of these times but until then we wish you safe travels and enjoy the journey.

All the best,

Jack and Niki
K.C. & B.B.
snowbirdrvtrails.com

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