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Old 03-19-2017, 07:14 AM   #1
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From Atlanta to Hill Country Texas

I am traveling from Mass to the Hill Country Rally in Johnson City on April 7. I am visiting a friend in Atlanta, and from there I have seven days to get to the rally. Any suggestions of routes, campgrounds, must sees along the way? I would prefer to drive some off of the interstates but don't want to go on really poor roads either.
Boondocking in BLM or state parks would be nice for a few nights, or some nice campgrounds. I don't need or use any of the amenities of a resort park.
This is my first trip in my new International 28'. I'm traveling with my dog Gracie, and after the rally I'm headed to West Texas and then on to Arizona.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Don and Gracie
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:24 AM   #2
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Howdy,

Caddo Lake State Park on the TX/LA border is pretty fantastic.
After the JC stop, consider Garner State Park and definitely Davis Mountains State Park. Texas is mostly privately owned with the exception of the many parks, so not a lot of boon-docking.

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Old 03-19-2017, 09:15 AM   #3
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Balmorhea State Park in west TX on I-10 is nice. Guadalupe Mountains is a nice area. And close by is Carlsbad Caverns. There is no BLM land in Texas, but we have great state parks and a couple of national forests in the eastern part of the state. There are backroads to travel in the east, but as you get to the western side, there are fewer secondary roads east to west.

If you're driving through the DFW area on I-20 toward Johnson City, go west of Ft. Worth and take Hwy 281 south. From I-10, take Hwy 46 at Sequin to Hwy 281. This route misses San Antonio.

If you come in on I-10, take 46 to 281 to Johnson City. After the rally, take 281 north to I-20 west to Pecos. Head north on hwy 285 to Carlsbad, NM. West on 62 to Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mtns to El Paso. This will get you off the interstated for a while.

From Far West TX and living centrally,

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Old 03-19-2017, 11:38 AM   #4
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From Atlanta consider cloudland canyon state park near Alabama border. It will require you to head s little north but worth it. You could head south from there toward Birmingham and stay at oak mountain state park or one of the Corp campgrounds between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa- maybe Deerlick. From there head across Mississippi toward on I-20 and either stay in Jackson or Vicksburg. There is a state park near Jackson that gets good reviews - Leflours Bluff - and some casino rv parks in Vicksburg. From there you have to decide if you want to cut south in Louisiana or wait for Texas. If you want to see plantation country you could go down to Natchez and even to St Francisville north or Louisiana.
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Texas has some US Forest Service land that allows dispersed camping. My unit camps at LBJ National Grasslands near Decatur pretty regularly. In addition, the Forest Service lists Caddo National Grasslands and Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine and Sam Houston National Forests.

You'll have the check with the other 5, but I know that LBJ National Grasslands allows camping without reservation or permits for individuals and small-to-medium groups. It's worth checking the website about and/or checking with the individual facility for current information about maintenance... for example they're doing a controlled burn in part of the LBJ Grasslands this weekend, so it wouldn't be a great choice for camping today.
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So 1-10 is the most direct route to TX from Atlanta if you want to travel along the Gulf of Mexico. We went from Austin to Atlanta last summer and stayed at Grand Isle State Park in LA. It's the furthest you can go south but not hard to get to. Beautiful place right on the Gulf. Also spent one night at Fort Pickens State Park south of Pensacola FL. If you do go, try to get a site facing the water. Wish we could have gone to the rally but will be in MN to meet granddaughter number 7 who arrived on St. Paddy''s Day. Have a fun trip!!!
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Howdy,

Caddo Lake State Park on the TX/LA border is pretty fantastic.
After the JC stop, consider Garner State Park and definitely Davis Mountains State Park. Texas is mostly privately owned with the exception of the many parks, so not a lot of boon-docking.

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+1 for Caddo Lake SP and Davis Mtn SP. Two of my favorites!
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I am traveling from Mass to the Hill Country Rally in Johnson City on April 7. I am visiting a friend in Atlanta, and from there I have seven days to get to the rally. Any suggestions of routes, campgrounds, must sees along the way? I would prefer to drive some off of the interstates but don't want to go on really poor roads either.
Boondocking in BLM or state parks would be nice for a few nights, or some nice campgrounds. I don't need or use any of the amenities of a resort park.
This is my first trip in my new International 28'. I'm traveling with my dog Gracie, and after the rally I'm headed to West Texas and then on to Arizona.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Don and Gracie
What Rally are you headed to? we're in Hill Country right now and did not notice an upcoming rally
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As a resident of Uvalde County. Which is county were Garner Park is located. I strongly recommend not going to Garner Park. It as with all parks near major cities is totally over crowded. The visitors treat it as their personal cow manure patch. Imagine 10 children familes. With drunk parents.
There are good private rv parks. Look at Kerrville, Fredericksburg, see the wild flower farm between your RV meet and Fredericksburg. Drive via HWY 90 to Alpine tx. See the sites of Pecos river, Sanderson river bed, buffalo. Alpine is gateway to many sites.
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Be very careful going around Tuscaloosa on I-20. Just south of the Mercedes-Benz plant there is construction. The lanes have been narrowed and squeezed in between New Jersey barriers. Absolutely no room for error with a wide body Airstream in tow.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:45 PM   #12
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We did this route at Xmas last year, bringing home a 23D acquisition. I likely can't help with the SPs and BLM properties, as we stayed at commercial properties, BUT, once you get to Johnson City, you are at the start of the Hill Country Wine Trail. Some 30 wineries, second only to Napa, between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, as well as a bourbon distillery in Hye, Texas (first bourbon distillery nation-wide since Prohibition, and the first such in Texas.....tours and tastes!). We have stayed at Peach Country RV in Stonewall, and Lady Bird Park (a city owned property) in Fredericksburg, and both are fine. Going West to AZ, a nice stop I use leaving Kerrville is Fort Stockton RV.
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If you decide to run I85 from ATL to I65 in Montgomery, you can go to I 10 in Mobile. Jump off N of Mobile & run S to Summerdale AL where SKP RV Club has the great Rainbow Plantation CG. I 10 is straight N only a few miles from there.

Don't know how many miles a day you can do, but ATL to Mobile/Summerdale is a long, hard day or 2 easy ones. You can get there via BHM & overnight & then hit Rainbow Plantation.

I have made 1,000 miles/day in my Coach House. Usually, 200 miles towing a trailer is about it for me...300 miles is possible, but very tiring & usually requires a mid-day refueling.
Have a great trip.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:09 AM   #14
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WW II Museum

If you have 7 days, one or two at the WW II Museum in New Orleans is time very well spent. There is a good State Park across the river from the museum, Bayou Segnette. If parking your TV is a problem, call the museum. They let us park under the raised highway in their buss parking lot, in the shade, for no cost. It's about 100 yards from the entrance of the museum.

The reason I say two days is there are two parts to the museum; the Atlantic Theater of Operations and the Pacific. They are separate parts of the museum. Each is worthy of a minimum of 4 hours which is about all I can handle in one day.

On your way to New Orleans, the Pensacola Naval Air Museum is also very close to I-10 and definitely worth an afternoon.
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