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Old 08-24-2015, 06:54 AM   #15
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As a former Florida native... all the parks mentioned above are outstanding. One of our favorites, though, is Anasatasia State Park in St. Augustine. So much history in the area; wonderful restaraunts and beautiful beaches.
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:57 AM   #16
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It is a little out of the way for you, but St Joe State park near Apalachicola is our favorite Florida state park if you like pristine beaches.

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Old 08-24-2015, 07:35 AM   #17
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Fort DeSoto County Park, on the water in St. Petersburg.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:35 PM   #18
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I would agree with others Anastasia SP in St. Augustine is a nice place to stay and close to the old town for a visit to see the sights. Other State Parks I would suggest are Gamble Rodgers (only park in Florida I can think of that has on the beach camping) and Sebastian Inlet. Both of these are in high demand so reserve early. If you can not get in at Sebastian Inlet, try just a few miles north of the inlet at Long Point, a Brevard County park. Savannahs is a St. Lucie County park near Ft. Pierce that is real popular with birders and has really reasonable rates.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:46 PM   #19
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Ice Man, I had written a rather long and detailed reply to you inquiry and then when I looked up at the screen it was gone!!!
Without doing it all over again I can suggest some quiet out of the way places to explore south of Tallahassee, Ochlocknee River (close to my place), St. George Island; and some nice state parks along the coast St. Andrews, Grayton Beach, Topsail, Big Bayou and Perdido Key. Ft. Pickens (national park) is a real nice place to camp near Pensacola and Buccaneer State Park outside of Bay St. Louis in Mississippi. If you choose any of those let me know and I might be able to offer more tips/advice. Happy trails.....
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:41 PM   #20
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Well

Your title does say "Help with stops TO FL"...with that in mind, of course I am going to pitch the outer banks of NC. If you head S down I95, then pick up 64E towards VA Beach, you are a short hop away from heading SE towards the OBX.
While it may be December, and not many folks around, it's the perfect time to visit Kitty Hawk and "First Flight". Heading further S along RT 12 is one of the most treacherous inlets on the E coast, and that's Oregon Inlet. Bodie Island lighthouse is next up, and then several towns further S, you can visit what I am all about, and that's the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It is the tallest lighthouse on the E coast, and she is SO majestic. She's stunning! You can see where she used to sit, and the path she took to get to her new home. It's an amazing lighthouse, and yes indeed, it is a working lighthouse. It recently re-opened so you can climb to the top, and walk around her outside. The view is spectacular.
Further S down RT12, you have the newly re-built KOA ocean side, and Frisco Woods campground further S. If you camp @ Frisco woods, make sure you get a sight along their canal, or better yet, facing the sound. The sunsets are remarkable over the sound. At http://www.hatteraslandingmarina you can then take the free ferry over to Ocracoke Island, and visit the very quaint town of Ocracoke. It has tons of history. If your into anything maritime related, don't miss this island.
When leaving, you can take the Ocracoke to Swan quarter ferry, and yes they will put your truck & rig right on the ferry w/o issue. Once in Swan quarter, don't forget to go see our famous battleship, the USS North Carolina.
WIsh I had more time to brag about how great this state is, but if you've never been to the outer banks, treat yourself. Lots of fish houses where you can grill up some freshly caught fish. Yummy!
PM me if you have specific questions, I will be happy to help you.
Safe travels, and sea ya down the road,
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:17 PM   #21
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I totally agree with OBX - it will be about a 4 hour detour off of 95 but well worth it if you have the time. We have been going down there one or two weeks a year for over 20 years and LOVE it.

Also if you do head down 95 from NJ and want to do the DC thing Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA is a very nice park to stop and stay a few days at. It is near us

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Old 08-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #22
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Medoc Mountain State Park

N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation: - Welcome to Medoc Mountain State Park

About 15-20 min off I95, its a great stop. Not too crowed, clean and cheap.

Thanks to whoever posted this one before on this forum, that's where I heard of it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:49 PM   #23
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Thanks all. We were able to secure a handful of nights in Anastasia, and tybee island as well.

We wanted to hit the keys but all those state parks were completely booked up! Not a single day anywhere!
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:11 PM   #24
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Now we have a few trips under our belts, we're feeling more confident but still clueless as far as the destinations along the way. This form has been so helpful in making the most from the time we spend in (and towing the airstream)

We're headed to Florida again in December and would like to make some good stops in the state parks along the way.

We have to visit family in Boca, but have almost two full weeks on the road.

Any have recommendations as to "must" stay campgrounds or state parks along the way?

We're ok with going out of the way a bit too...
There's a lot to choose from. In order to make recommendations we need to know if you are going to make a dash down I-95 or are you going inland a bit?
In December there could be anything in between freezing and warm weather. Will you need hookups or is boondocking ok?

I'll mention a few of my favorite campgrounds that I have used when traveling to Florida. You could be passing nearby. All have electric & water onsite with a dump station on exit.
Skidaway Island State Park GA
Edisto Beach State Park SC
Huntington Beach State Park SC
Hunting Island State Park SC
Anastasia State Park FL

I've not stayed here, but Medoc Mountain State Park NC is about 10 minutes off of I-95 in central NC
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We wanted to hit the keys but all those state parks were completely booked up! Not a single day anywhere!
Florida allows one to book a campsite 11 months to the day in advance. Registration window opens at 8:00 AM

Any available sites in the Keys in Snowbird season are all taken within a second or two after the window opens.


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Florida allows one to book a campsite 11 months to the day in advance. Registration window opens at 8:00 AM



Any available sites in the Keys in Snowbird season are all taken within a second or two after the window opens.





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A second or two?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?????????????
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A second or two?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?????????????
Let me rephrase.

On any given day, one can book a campsite to arrive up to 11 months in the future for a maximum of 14 days. You have to wait until 8:00 EST for the booking window to open for any date exactly 11 months in the future.

So on February 15, you can book a site for arrival no farther into the future than January 15 of the following year. If there is availability for January 15, you can book that date and up to 13 additional days immediately following your arrival date. But you have to wait until the booking window opens for that date, 8:00 AM

People come to know how competitive it is to book these sites so they find the site they want , bring up the booking page and are poised to hit the "Book this site" button at exactly the stroke of 8:00

I've been lucky a few times and beat the competition but have also been beat out many times, as well.

As I mentioned earlier, the farther south and the closer to the Ocean/Gulf you are, the more competitive it is

This also happens for popular national parks, such as Yosemite as well as popular California parks


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Let me rephrase.



On any given day, one can book a campsite to arrive up to 11 months in the future for a maximum of 14 days. You have to wait until 8:00 EST for the booking window to open for any date exactly 11 months in the future.



So on February 15, you can book a site for arrival no farther into the future than January 15 of the following year. If there is availability for January 15, you can book that date and up to 13 additional days immediately following your arrival date. But you have to wait until the booking window opens for that date, 8:00 AM



People come to know how competitive it is to book these sites so they find the site they want , bring up the booking page and are poised to hit the "Book this site" button at exactly the stroke of 8:00



I've been lucky a few times and beat the competition but have also been beat out many times, as well.



As I mentioned earlier, the farther south and the closer to the Ocean/Gulf you are, the more competitive it is



This also happens for popular national parks, such as Yosemite as well as popular California parks





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This is helpful Greg. Thank you.
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