Counting down the days

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Summer of 2016 in the Adirondack Mountains exploring new places, meeting new friends and enjoying good times and campfires with family and friends. Now – as the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – it’s time to think about warmer destinations for the months ahead.

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Our Southerly course is plotted and we are anxious to be on the road again to see what’s around that next curve and what is just over that next hill – and we invite you to Hop Aboard and “follow” along with us via this Blog.

Our 1,500+ mile journey begins on October 14th with 7 two-day stopovers planned for exploring (and maybe finding a great new “Mom & Pop restaurant” or two). We should land in our Winter home-base in New Port Richey, FL on October 28th.

As usual we will post reports with photos, reviews and the costs. For us it’s not the destination but the adventure and the new discoveries along the way.

Jack, Niki and our Furry Family Crewmen, B.B. and Stanley

P.S. If you have visited any of our planned stops and have any cautions or must-see suggestions we’d love to hear from you. We’re at snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com.

Snowbird Journey Complete – New Port Richey, FL to The Adirondack Mountains

Part 2 of our Snowbird Trip North – Indianapolis, IN to Lewis, NY and The Adirondack Mountains is complete. It totaled 25 days and 2,819 miles from New Port Richey, FL to Lewis, NY Gateway to The Adirondacks, Canada and New England.

We have trip reports from the 10 campground stopovers.  There is a summary with costs at the final stopover and additional trip photos on our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/spring-2016-snowbird-trip-north/.

Part I – New Port Richey, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana
17 days, five campgrounds and 1,034 miles. Photos, costs, links to our Day Trips and other information about the trip and stopovers on the following pages on our website:

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Interstate Rest Areas List on I-75, I-64 and I-65 in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/northboundi75restareas.htm

Stopover #1 – Lake Park, Georgia (221 miles)
Eagles Roost RV Resort $32.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm

Highlights: Good food and a visit to three local campgrounds.
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/on-the-rv-road-again-new-port-richey-florida-to-the-northeast/

Stopover #2 – Perry, Georgia (131 miles)
*Fair Harbor RV Park – PA $19.50-24.50
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/fairharborrvpark.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Memorial Day trip to Andersonville – The Prison – The National Cemetery – The National Prisoner of War Museum.
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/day-trip-to-andersonville-national-historic-site/
Previous 2013 Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/2013-trip-south-days-20-21-perry-georgia/

Stopover #3 – Chattanooga, Tennessee (221 miles)
Holiday Travel Park $39.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpark.htm

Highlights: The International Towing & Recovery Museum and The Southern Belle. More good food!
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/stopover-chattanooga-tennessee/

Previous Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/2013-fall-trip-south-days-18-19-chattanooga-tennessee/

Stopover #4 – Mount Vernon, Kentucky (222 miles)
*Renfro Valley Creekside Campground $14.50-$19.
* Passport America Campground
Highlights: Pics and Southern BBQ.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/renfrovalleyrvpark.htm
Previous Visit: https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/2013-fall-trip-south-days-16-17-renfro-valley-kentucky/

Stopover #5- Indianapolis, Indiana (239 miles)
Lake Haven Retreat
Highlights: Three museums and what else but more good food.
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/lakehavenretreat.htm

Total: 1,034 Miles
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Part II – Indianapolis, Indiana to The Adirondack Mountains
REST AREAS
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/northboundi70toi87restareas.htm.

Stop #6 Marengo, Ohio (213 miles)
Cardinal Center Campground $35
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/cardinalcentercampground.htm

Highlights: We found Waldo and Johnny Appleseed and a President –
It was a good day!
https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/we-found-waldo-and-johnny-appleseed-and-a-president-it-was-a-good-day/

Stop #7 Conneaut, Ohio (210 miles)
*Evergreen Lake Park Campground $22
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/evergreenlakepark.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Covered Bridges, Beef & Beer.

Stop #8 Campbell, NY (200 miles)
*Camp Bell Campground $16
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/campbell.htm
* Passport America Campground

Highlights: Corning Museum of Glass, Fingerlakes Wine Trail.

Stop #9 Oswego, NY (157 miles)
*Susquehanna Trail Campground $25
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/susquehanna.htm
* Passport America Campground.
Nice owner, good rate, convenient stopover on I-88.

Stop #10 Lewis, NY (205 miles)
*Magic Pines Campground $15
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/magicpines.htm
* Passport America Campground.
Gateway to The Adirondacks, Canada and New England.

Part Two Total: 985 Miles

As always we invite your comments and questions,
Jack & Niki
and our furry kids
snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com

 

Stopover: Chattanooga, Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE – Interesting places we visited on our two night stopover at
Holiday Travel Park, 1709 S Mack Smith Road (I-75, TN Exit 1B)
A nice, neat campground for RVers as well as tenters passing through. The staff is personable, the prices fair and it’s easy off/on I-75. It’s also built on a Civil War battlefield with a marker to prove it.
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Holiday Travel Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The RV Park is actually where an Indiana Regiment bivouacked before some fierce fighting on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge back in 1863. There is a path to the stone marker proclaiming such within the Park. More formation about Holiday at our
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpark.htm

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Jenkins Buffet, 4134 Ringgold Road
Fried chicken, ham, chopped steak and a great selection of all the Southern style veggies like boiled cabbage, fried okra, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, field, green and black-eyed peas, shoepeg corn and homemade salads you’ve been craving. Save some room for the dessert table! Website: http:// .jenkinsbuffet.com/

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The International Towing & Recovery Museum, 3315 Broad Street
Who knew that Chattanooga was the Mecca for all the guys and gals who pull us out of the troubles we get into along life’s roadways. They have 15 wreckers on display from the earliest to the mammoth truck that could  easily handle 70 tons (only four ever built!). We also found the wrecker that set a World’s record for speed and even one of the big green monsters that followed our guys to the Front in WWII. They also have hundreds of old and newer toy trucks.

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Some big, bad towing machines at the International Towing & Recovery Museum!

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The Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing & Recovery Museum….
Remembering those who have lost their lives doing their jobs.

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There is a Wall of Fame….
inside the Museum honoring new inductees each year from around the World.

Both are very nice tributes to the industry.

I found the Museum interesting for a one time visit. It’s more a guy thing and kids would love it, as well as anyone interested in history, trucks and things mechanical.

Niki was not so excited by it?

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The Southern Belle, 201 Riverfront Parkway
A Tennessee River paddle boat with a beer & burger grill open on the third deck.

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The Southern Belle dockside on the Tennessee River

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Traffic on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Sara Lee Bakery Outlet Store (conveniently located across from Holiday Travel Park) was hard to miss so it made it a must! They have a great assortment of breads, cookies and all kinds of chocolate and other fortifying snacks at good prices.

Oh, and there are also several roadway tunnels under Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga which are a hoot to drive through – but be sure to leave the RV elsewhere!

Exploring America and having fun-
from the road,
Jack, Niki, K.C. & B.B.
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This trip started on Day 1 –
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm

Day Trip to Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville – The Prison
Niki and I spent Memorial Day 2016 at the Andersonville Historic Site in Georgia. It is composed of three main sections: Andersonville Prison, The National Prisoner of War Museum and the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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For those who may not know, Andersonville Prison was a Confederate Prison in Georgia.
Almost 45,000 Union soldiers were held prisoner at Camp Sumter, known as Andersonville, in 14 months. Nearly 13,000 died there. Conditions were deplorable with little food, a small swampy and contaminated water source and the most unsanitary conditions. Space was such that each individual had only the space of his extended arms.

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The enormity of this cruelty hits home when standing on the site itself. The first photo shows the plot of land looking South. This Northern end of the compound has numerous monuments erected by the States that had many prisoners who were incarcerated there and many who died there. The tree with the fence shows one of several places the inmates tried tunneling out. None ever escaped by tunnels. They either caved in or were turned in by snitches among the prisoners.

The outermost white stake indicates the placement of the main wall while the inside stake marked an approximate 19′ “dead man’s zone” surrounding the camp where any prisoner would be shot without question or warning if he tried to approach the wall. There were 52 guard towers around the wall.
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This second photo shows the camp looking toward the North. The stockade in the upper right corner marks the Northeast corner of the camp while the stone column (lower left) shows the Southwestern corner. The uncut area is the swampy area that was the tainted water source as well as the main lavatory.

Can you picture thousands of men in this small area?

The Northwest corner has several memorials.
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SIX DAYS AND COUNTING….

ONLY 6 DAYS until we are on the road again! This newest trip will take us from Tampa and Florida through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and the Adirondack Mountains of way Upstate New York. We’ll be on the road 25 days and visit 10 campgrounds (for at least 2 nights each to explore the area). We’d love to have you ride along with us as for a few miles as we post maps, photos, dining reviews and campground pics & videos as well as costs and other interesting finds. To hop aboard just choose to “Follow”” us here as we will post Trip Reports daily from the road. -Jack, Niki, K.C. & B.B.
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PART II – PUTTING TOGETHER OUR TRIP SHEET

Making the RV trip easy and more time for fun

PART II – PUTTING TOGETHER OUR RV TRIP SHEET
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As a plan new trip starts coming together we make our “Trip Sheet” – like the example below – for our upcoming Spring trip to the Northeast. We do use our GPS when on the road between stops and we also print out the paper version that Navigator Niki uses to track our progress and make notes.

There are many ways to plan a trip but whatever way you do it, try to involve the spouse, the kids and whoever else may be traveling with you. Make it all part of the fun and a joint effort from the get-go, from anticipation to planning, to traveling, to sight seeing and even the unpacking when you arrive back home.

Keeping a good trip sheet or journal full of notes with photos from the trips will be something to cherish and re-live long after the adventure is completed.

This is our Current Trip Sheet:

OUR TRIP: 2016 SPRING TRIP NORTH
10 CAMPGROUNDS 1,974 miles (avg 197/day)
From Florida through Indianapolis & Canada to New England
Routes: I-75, I-64, I-65, I-69, CAN-401, I-87

Part I – New Port Richey, FL to Indianapolis, IN

1. Date(s)-
Grassy Pond FamCamp  – (222 miles)
5360 Grassy Pond Drive, Lake Park, Georgia 31636 Phone:
(229) 559-5840
$25/night
58 sites. PT, FHU, 30/50 A, WiFi, Lake. Moody AFB campground, open to the public.
Must make a reservation.
Website:
http://moodyfss.com/grassy-pond/
Review:
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/lake-park/grassy-pond-famcamp-open-to-the-public

NOTES:

Alternate:
Camping World of Valdosta’s Campground
5244 Jewell Futch Road, Lake Park, Georgia
Phone: 888-697-3430
$21/night

(From jct I-75 (exit 5) & Hwy 376: Go W 0.1 mi on Hwy 376, then
S 0.2 mi on Jewel Futch Rd (R)

100 sites. Check-in with the cashier in the Camping World store. FHU. Free WiFi. Plenty of antenna TV channels.
Website:
http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/campgroundsandrvparks/generalinfo.aspx?cgid=201519753
Review:
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/lake-park/camping-world-of-valdostas-campground

NOTES:

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2. Date(s)-
L & D RV Park  – (177 miles)                399 Total
1655 Dames Ferry Rd., Forsyth, Georgia 31029 Phone: 478-994-8977
$28/night ($25 f/Good Sam or former Military)
28 sites. FHU, PT, 30/50A, Free WiFi.
Website:
http://www.rvparkforsythga.com/
Review: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/forsyth/l-d-rv-park

NOTES:

Alternate:
Forsyth KOA
414 S. Frontage Road, Forsyth, GA 31029
Reserve: 800-562-8614 Info: 478-994-2019
$35/night
Open All Year. FHU, 30/50A, long, pull thru sites. Trees provide ample shade. Cable and WiFi are available $$.
Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/forsyth/
Review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34951-d1122703-Reviews-KOA_Forsyth-Forsyth_Georgia.html#REVIEWS


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The Template we use:
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TRIP TO: _________________________________________________________

Routes: ___________________________________________________

#__. Date(s) _______________________________________

Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: ________

Cost: $____________

Amenities:

Directions:

Website:

Reviews:

Notes:

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Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: _______

Cost: $____________

Amenities:

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#__. Date(s) _______________________________________

Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: ________

 

Cost: $____________

Amenities:

Directions:

Website:

Reviews:

Notes:

ALTERNATE

Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: _______

Cost: $____________

Amenities:

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We invite you to “Follow” us on our Blog where we put our “best laid plans” to the test and post daily reports of our adventures from on the road as well as other things we run across which might be of interest to RVers like you. You might also like to visit our website snowbirdrvtrails.com for all kinds of RVing info we’ve found helpful for us.

Niki & Jack

Join us next time for –
PART III – “WE’RE ON THE ROAD AGAIN!”

PLANNING THE NEXT RV TRIP

PLANNING OUR NEXT RV ADVENTURE – Florida to Canada
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PART I – WHERE ARE WE GOING – and how do we want to get there?

Planning our next RV trip is a big part of the fun for Niki and for me. We like to travel an average of around 200 miles a day and seldom over 250. We are retired and in no rush. In fact, we normally spend 2 nights at a stopover to explore an area we have not seen before. Our credo is “Last to leave a stopover in the morning and first to arrive at the next overnight stopover.” That’s what retirement is about for us.

We have rushed here and there all our working lives so it’s time to take it a little easier. Our first year on the road, it was all about the destination and one night stopovers – just to get there in a hurry – then we were too tired to enjoy the trip or the destination. There had to be a better way.

Here’s the way we plan a trip.

1. We decide the route we want to take.
We use Google Maps together with our very trusty Trucker’s Atlas.

2. We decide if we want specific stopovers to see specific sights.

3. I use a website simply called “Distance between two cities” to determine the approximate 200 mile daily distances we want to take. It’s really quick and easy once you start using it.

4. How to find the stopovers you ask? We are lifetime members of Passport America so we check there first to see if there is a half-priced campground in an area in which we want to stay. If there is, great, we save some money. If not . . . .

5. We look up an area on RV Park Reviews to see which campgrounds are available in an area. It’s easy to pick a Town and read what is available. If there is not one to our liking, they list other campgrounds nearby (in the lower right hand margin of the page).

Find more tips, tricks and apps on our Planning Page.

Next time –
PART II – PUTTING TOGETHER THE TRIP SHEET

For Snowbird RVers heading North soon

Perhaps like Niki and I you are preparing to point your rig North for the Summer months? We have a lot of fun exploring the different North/South RV routes and posting our findings – photos, videos, maps, costs and our “reviews” of restaurants and attractions.

These are links to 3 of our favorite East Coast RV routes North.

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BLUE ROUTE – FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, PA. NY

“The Scenic Route – if you have the time”
I-95, US-17, US-301, US-13, Jersey Turnpike, I-287, I-87
Highlights- Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Kitty Hawk, Rehoboth
Beach, Atlantic City, Lake George, Canada and New England..

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PURPLE ROUTE – FL, SC, NC. VA, DE, MD, NJ, NY
“The Mayberry Route – a little culture & a lot of fun!”
I-75. I-10, I-95, I-74/77,  I-81, I-88. I-87
Highlights- Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center, Suwanee
River, Jekyll Island, Huntington Beach, Mayberry, Blue Ridge

Parkway.

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“Best” Snowbird RV Route North –

Florida to Canada & New England

I-95, I-26, I-77, I-81 and beyond
Highlights: Jekyll Island, Mayberry, Route 11 Potato
Chips, great food and beautiful scenery.

You can find more of our routes and reports on our website at
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/rvroutes.htm

Have a safe trip and enjoy the journey,

Jack and Niki

 

Spring RV Trip North – Florida to New England

The following is Niki & Jack’s Trip Diary with the notes, photos, pictures and reviews of the Florida to New England trip we made with our 5th Wheel in April/May of 2012.

Trip Start Mileage: 18,325.2  Date: 4/29/2012   Time:1:15pm

Trip End Mileage: 21,249   Date: 5/23/2012 Time: 2:30pm

Total:2,923.8 miles (Including The New England Loop)
25 Days. 15 States. 15 Campgrounds.
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1st Night April 29th/Sunday

From Tampa: 181.6 miles. 4 1/2 hours.

LAKE CITY CAMPGROUND344lakecity12c
4743 N. US Hwy 441
Lake City, FL 32055
Toll Free: 1-866-773-2267
Phone: 386-752-9131
lakecitycampground@yahoo.com

30 Amp Full Hookup Pull Thru = $ 32.00
50 Amp Full Hookup Pull Thru = $ 34.00

(172 miles from Tampa, FL)
(124 miles to Brunswick, GA)

Amenities:
40 RV sites which include all pull-thru’s, with water, sewer, electric & cable. 30 of them are 50/30 amp, 25 are paved, some are shaded, some are not, depending on what you like. The longest pull thru’s are 120 feet so they can accommodate any type of vehicle.
We have 74 channel cable TV, also rent movies at the office. WIFI available. Dump station, propane sales, clean bathrooms, a beautiful new laundry room, fishing, pool, playground, and rec room.

Restaurants/Attractions
Only 4 miles from the center of town where you can visit many local antique shops, visit the mall, go to the movie theater, bowling, skating and go to several restaurants.

Directions:
I-75 to I-10 East: Exit 303 on I-10 at Hwy. 441, exit off I-10 and go North on Hwy. 441 for 200 feet. Entrance is on the left. Going North on Hwy. 441, pass under I-10, 1 mile on right.

Park Website

NOTES:
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Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
4/24/12 (Answered) All of our sites are full hook up pull-thrus. Just come in between 4pm-7pm for check in. If you think that you will be earlier than 4pm, you need to call me in the morning between 8-10am to get a site # and if you think that you will be past 7pm, call me around 630pm for a site #.
thanks, Lori

Fuel stop @ Pilot, I-10, Exit 343 Baldwin
43 miles East of Lake City

Visit Our Review Page:
All sites are paved pull throughs (70 to 120′ lengths) with full hookups (20/30/50 amps), cable TV, pet walk, pool, picnic table & fire pit on each site, nature trail, laundry, fishing pond, propane and wifi are available.

Area Attractions: Local antique shops, tubing on the Suwannee River, the Olustee Festival, Ginnie Springs, Osceola National Forest, Stephen Foster Cultural Center, Suwannee River State Park and Festival of Light (Holiday Season).

Alternate (2011 Reviewed):
OAKS’n PINES RV PARK
3864 N US Highway 441
Lake City, FL 32055
Local: (386) 752-0830
info@oaksnpines.com
$18/Night Passport America
3 nights max
Park Website
http://www.oaksnpines.com/
Passport Review:
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/fl/oaksnpinesrvresort
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2nd Night April 30th/Monday

From Lake City: 121.6 miles, 4 hours.

*GOLDEN ISLE RV PARK344goldenislesb
7445 Blythe Island Highway
Brunswick, GA 31523-6258
(912) 261-1025
goldenislesrv@bellsouth.net

*$16/Night Passport America
3 days max

(124 miles from Lake City, FL)
(166 miles to St George, SC)
(7 miles to the Atlantic Ocean)

Amenities:
135 total RV sites accommodating RV’s up to 70 ft. 20/30/50 amp service. Pull thrus and full hookups. Free cable, dump station, TV lounge, cable TV, free WI-FI, tent camping allowed, showers and restrooms, laundry room, fire rings, playground, swimming pool, picnic tables, phone, handicap access, ice, propane, and movie rentals. Covered cook shed, restaurant. Located 20 miles from Darien, GA and 30 miles from Kingsland, GA.

Restaurants/Attractions
Fran’s Restaurant on the premises. Buffet and daily specials.

Directions:
Take I-95 to Exit 29 in Brunswick, GA. Go West to 2nd traffic light. Go right at light on 303, two-tenths of a mile on the left.

Park Website

Passport Review:
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/ga/goldenislesvacationpark

2 Hrs

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 29, Brunswick
(Same Golden Isle Exit)

Visit Our Review Page:
Nice people. Popular place for an overnight stop. Easy off/easy on I-95. Spacious, grassy sites. Fairly level.
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3rd Night May 1st/Tuesday

From Brunswick, Georgia: 166.9 miles. 4 1/2 hours.

*Jolly Acres Camp & Storage344jollya
289 Horne Taylor Road
St. George, SC 29477-7904
(843) 563-8303
jollyacres@hughes.net

$16 /Night (Sunday-Thursday)
*Passport America, Happy Camper,
Senior Discount

(166 miles from Brunswick, GA)
(139 miles to Myrtle Beach, SC)
(49 miles into Charleston)

Amenities:
Easy to get to from I-95. Nice country setting. Friendly owners. Level, gravel sites, with concrete pads, picnic table, and fire ring. Small general store, and laundry facilities on premises. Quaint little duck pond with a flock of ducks.

Restaurants/Attractions
Easy driving to Charleston landmarks, sightseeing attractions, plantations, gardens, Hunley, Ft. Sumter, Yorktown, and Lake Marion.

Shug’s Southern Soul Cafe
5792 Memorial Blvd, Saint George, SC 29477  843-563-2300
Owned and operated by Chef Noah Coleman and his wife. They know how to properly prepare the really good down-home Southern staples. They are open for lunch from 10-3 and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm. There are daily specials and a buffet served on Sundays. We both ordered the BBQ chicken special which came with rice and collard greens. All cooked just right and oh so good. Niki says the sweet iced tea is just as good as she makes it. Desserts are made on the premises and we each tried a piece of cake – lemon for Niki and the chocolate cake for Jack. Delicious! A great meal for $30.59 with drinks and tip.

Skynyrd’s Grill & Sports Bar
129 Motel Drive, St. George, SC 29477
Cozy sports bar restaurant with multiple TVs and a Jimmy Buffet atmosphere. Inside and outside seating with a pretty good-sized menu. Their burgers and sides get very good reviews. We ordered a shrimp and an oyster Po-Boy- one with a side of mac & cheese and the other with a side of “chippers” (homemade potato chips). The food and the service both were good enough to rate our 4 stars.

Directions:
Take Exit 77 (St George Exit), off I-95. Go 5.5 miles east on Highway 78, then 1/2 mile north on Horne Taylor Road. Jolly Acres is on the left.

Park Website
Passport America
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/sc/jollyacresrvparkandstorage

Happy Camper Club Review
http://www.camphalfprice.com/staticpages/index.php/South_Carolina

Park Website

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Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
4/25/12 (Answered) Yes, we would have a site available for you. check in time is 2 pm. looking forward to seeing you. Beckie Horne, owner.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 77
(Same Jolly Acres Camp Exit)

Amenities:
28 total RV sites, all pull through level sites, 20 full hookups, can accommodate RVs with 4 slide-outs, 20/30/50 amp service, WiFi, clean bathhouse, hot showers, laundry, dump station, LP gas, private fishing pond, ice, vending, nature trail, fire rings, grills, tables, picnic sheds, gazebo, playground, basketball, pet friendly, modem hookup in laundry, 24 hour telephone, fax service, notary public, quiet family campground, family owned and operated. Monthly rates available. Mini Storage and RV Storage available.

Visit Our Review Page:
Mostly Seasonals due to the popularity so always call ahead to be sure of a space.. Genuinely nice people who own and run the place. Gravel drives and concrete pads. Delightful duck pond. The 2 fine restaurants we mentioned above are well worth taking a rest stop here.
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4th thru 9th Nights Weds, May 2nd to Tues, 8th

From St. George, South Carolina: 181.2 miles. 4 hours.

Ocean Lakes RV Center344olakes
6003 South Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Reservations: 1-877-510-1413
Office: 1-843-238-5636
Camping@oceanlakes.com

$45-$55/Night
Guests who make a reservation for 90 days or more can deduct the 12% sales tax if they pay for 90 days or more all at one time.
There is a 4 night minimum stay from June 15th and August 15th.

(139 miles from St George, SC)
(188 miles to Sims, NC)

345oceanlakesrvAmenities:
893 transient campsites. The campsites are large, pull-through sites along paved roads. Every site includes: 20-30-50 amp electric, water, sewer, complimentary 70-channel cable TV hookup and a modem friendly phone jack with free local calls. Large concrete pads are available. A picnic table and curbside trash pick up daily are provided for your convenience. Wi-Fi is available at all campsites. Discounts for some attractions available. Pizza & ice cream on site!

Review: The “Good”- A short walk to the beach, paved roads, concrete pads, FHU’s, laundry, big store, oceanlakesrv2and snack bars on site. Staff is primarily Workampers and very hospitable.
The “Bad”- 893 transient sites packed pretty close together, narrow roads but doable with a big rig.
Summary: If you are coming primarily for the beach, this is your place. (Tip- Ask for a site with a large grassy area for a little space.)

Fuel Stop @ Cheap Gas, Wilco/Hess, SC-544, Surfside Beach

(Directions below)

Pricing subject to change, always call ahead.

For more Info: Park Website
Site I50 – Confirmed.

Visit Our Review Page.

361myrtleaThere is simply so much to see and do on a visit to Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach! In addition to the miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic ocean there are sights, sounds, dining and shows to tempt and entertain you for as long as your vacation or visit lasts. Fun for the whole family 24/7/365.

We have Tickets for:
Good Vibrations
at the Gilmore Theater

Monday, May 7 @ 7:30pm
Section B Row 8 Seats 1-2.

To sum up the experience – A Great Show with all the lively music we grew up with in the “good” years. Beautiful production!

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Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Aquarium. We have the tickets and have heard so much about this place. This beautiful aquarium is located at Broadway at the Beach not to far from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The Aquarium’s moving walkway carries you through with sea life swimming around and over you. Great experience.

350riozaWe had seating at the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for 6pm on Friday 5/4.  We were guests of the Rioz this night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My suggestion is to defer eating for a day or 2 before you plan to visit! The salad bar itself is huge and sumptuous. After the salad course we would simply flip the card on our table from red to green and the servers would stop by with skewers of all types of meats and would serve a slice of your choosing.
Delicious!

The Legends In Concert show follows dinner at the Rioz for 8pm. We have confirmation for two VIP seats.350legendsa Beautiful and comfortable new theater. The performances are stunning and reminiscent of the best on the Las Vegas Strip. Close your eyes for a minute and you are listening to the “real” performers, they are that good.

5/5 Saturday 7:30
LE GRAND CIRQUE ADRENALINE!
Palace Theatre Myrtle Beach.
Another show that “Wowed” us. These performers kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the show. Well worth the ticket price.

Directions to Ocean Lakes RV Park:
From I-95N, take exit 115 for US-301 N toward Manning.
Turn right onto US-301 N
After 4.6 mi, Turn left onto S Brooks St.
After 0.3 mi, take the 3rd right onto S Carolina 261 E/W Boyce St
Continue to follow S Carolina 261 E for 2.9 mi.
Continue onto US-521 S/Greeleyville Hwy
Continue to follow US-521 S for12.3 mi
Turn left onto US-521 S/Society St.
Continue to follow US-521 S for 46.6 mi.
Turn left onto N Fraser St, then,
Slight right to stay on N Fraser St
Continue onto U.S. 17B N/Church St
Continue to follow U.S. 17B N for 22.6 mi, then
Slight right toward US-17 BUS N
Continue straight onto US-17 BUS N
Destination will be on the right
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10th Night May 8th/Tuesday

From Myrtle Beach: 203.9 miles. 4 1/4 hours.

ROCK RIDGE CAMPGROUND 344sims
7030 Rock Ridge School Rd
Sims, NC
252-291-4477

$27/Night
AAA Discount

(188 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC)
(161 miles to Glen Allen, VA)

Restaurants/Attractions
Visit the Wilson Rose Garden, 1800 Herring Ave, Wilson, NC, only 4 miles away. Free admission, and really quite beautiful
On the way back from visiting the Rose Garden we stumbled upon Madison’s Prime Rib Restaurant, 2101 Tarboro St SW, also in Wilson. We went in for prime rib, but instead, enjoyed one of the finest, down-home, finger-licking good, Southern buffets, we have had!

Directions:
Take 544 (Dick Pond Rd) to 501 to I-95N.
Take Exit 116 from I-95, to a left on NC42W, then take your third right onto Rock Ridge School Road. Campground is 1.1 mile on the right.

Pricing subject to change, always call ahead

For more Info:

Park Website

NOTES:
3 3/4 Hrs. Ask for Site #14. 50amp & level

5/7 By phone:
Site #14 reserved for Tuesday night.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 106, Kenly, NC
(13 miles before Rock Ridge stop)

Visit Our Review Page:
Nice country  setting. Very few 50amp sites. Some nice large sites, and some are packed pretty tight. Hosts are very friendly. Ask to see the available sites. Nice pool and pond, with resident ducks, and also an ostrich has it’s own pasture adjoining the park.
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11th Night May 9th/Wednesday

From Sims, North Carolina: 161 miles. 4 1/4 hours.

Kosmo Village Campground344kosmoc
11197 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
(804) 798-6689
Kosmovillage@comcast.net

$30/Night
Ask about $5 off Kosmo “Club”

(161 miles from Sims, NC)
(167 miles to Falling Waters, WVA)

Amenities:
The campground has 17 sites available year-round with water, sewer, and electric hookups (both 30 and 50 amp). There are 11 pull-thru sites. We can accommodate RVs up to 85′. Free Wi-Fi is available. Up to 4 guests per space, each additional guest is $2 per day. Pets, maintained on a leash, are welcome.

Restaurants/Attractions

Directions:
Located 12 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. Easily accessed from Interstate 95 at Exit 89 (Lewistown Road).

Park Website

NOTES:
2 3/4 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Kosmo Village <kosmovillage@comcast.net> wrote:
We have several long pull through sites available for Wed. night. All of our sites have 30 & 50 amp service. If you will arrive between 9am-5pm we can check you in at the office. If you can’t make it during office hours you can call and we can register you over the phone or you can register on the side of the building in the night registration area.
Please call if we can be of assistance.
804 798 6689
Thanks,

Pam

Fuel stop @ Flying J, Ruther Glen, I-95. Exit 104
(17 miles North of Glen Allen, VA)

Please note all RVs must be self-contained with their own restroom and shower
as we have no public facilities available.
No tent camping is permitted.

Visit Our Review Page:.
Gravel roads and pads. No restrooms or showers on site. Nothing fancy. Close to I-95 and good for and overnight or two.

Alternate:
Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
804-876-3006, 1-800-922-6710
$38/Night – 10% discount
http://www.kingsdominion.com/on-site-accommodations-camping/kings-dominion-camp-wilderness
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12th Night May 10th/Thursday

From Glen Allen, Virginia: 167 miles. 6+ hours
(Tire blow-out. Roadside Assistance, don’t leave home without it!)

Falling Waters Campsite 344fallwatersb
7685 Williamsport Pike
Falling Waters WV 25419
1-800-527-4902, Local: (304) 274-2791
lynnleatherman@yahoo.com

$33/Night

Call within 24 hours of your expected arrival and they will put your name on any available site.

(167 miles from Glen Allen, VA)
(121 miles to Tremont, PA)

Amenities:
50 sites. Big rig friendly with 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Over half of the sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well.

Directions:
From I-81, take exit 23 for US-11 toward Marlowe/Falling Waters .
Turn right onto US-11 S/Williamsport Pike.
Park will be one mile on the right.

Pricing subject to change,
always call ahead

For more Info:

Park Website:

NOTES:
3 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
5/6 – Thanks for your inquiry. We will have a site for you, and all sites have 30 and 50 amp, Wi-Fi, and CATV.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-81, VA Exit 323, Winchester/Clear Brook, (23 miles before Falling Waters) also,
(I-81, Exit 5B, Hagerstown, MD)

Falling Waters Campsite is a 50 site RV park that has been owned and operated by the Leatherman family since it opened in 1962. Located only 1 mile from Interstate 81 Exit 23 in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, we are primarily oriented to RV travelers looking for a safe, quiet place to spend the night. We are BIG-RIG friendly and have 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV and free Wi-Fi wireless internet. Over half of our sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well. Tent sites are available in a shady area along a small stream.

Visit Our Review Page:.
Nicely maintained but the roads are rough.50 sites. Big rig friendly with 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV (not always working) and free Wi-Fi (need code). Over half of the sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well. Try to reserve a site with sewer if needed to avoid driving a block to dump. The transient pull-thrus are nose to tail holding 2 rigs. Clean shower room, and nice RV parts store. Many walnut trees.

Alternate:
LAZY A CAMPGROUND
317 KATHYS LANE
HEDGESVILLE, WV 25427
304-228-8185
http://www.lazyacamping.com
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From Falling Waters we traveled 106 miles to the Lickdale Campground (now called Jonestown/Hershey KOA in Jonestown, PA to begin the “New England Loop” described on the “Orange Dot Map” page.
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