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Old 08-23-2015, 08:28 AM   #1
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Help with stops to Florida.

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...
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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On our way back from Florida this year we spent a night at the Georgia state park; Reed Bingham. Reed Bingham State Park | Georgia State Parks It was easy in and easy out but you can't reserve a particular spot, just a general reservation. It's assigned when you arrive, but you can choose from the available spots. There's a 375 acre lake so if you have a boat you can launch and fish or just ride around. (Fishing license needed) They have a nice playground and lots of room for running or walking. I think they have a senior discount at the GA parks, but it's a little odd because even if you camp you still have to have a parking pass for the park itself.

The showers and rest rooms are decent, I'd give them a 7 of 10. It was quiet when we were there. There's a decent amount of space between the sites, trees, fire ring and a table. They had water, electric and cable at our site but they have full hookup sites too (19).

It's on our list of places to stop for our next trip this winter. I have a kayak now and we'll be taking that down with us. If the weather is nice we'll launch.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is a great place at Christmas time.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:36 AM   #4
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Nice park. A great place to watch a launch.

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:36 AM   #5
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We liked Skidaway Island

If you are coming down I-95, we enjoyed Skidaway Island State Park at Savannah. It is dirt/gravel roads as i recall and we didnt use the facilities but the sites are well spaced and in a pine/oak hammock in the marsh.

Coming from the North your Gps will have you take I-16 and then go through town. Its an OK drive, but if you continue To GA 204, exit 94 it is a nicer drive and not too far out of the way. It is the way your GPS will take you out heading south if the maps are up to date as part of that road is newly constructed. Reservations are not site specific but if i remember correctly you can reserve a site with sewer or without.

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:39 AM   #6
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Depending on your time allotted for your travel, I have 2 places to recommend. One is just south of Myrtle Beach in Merrel's Inlet, Rt 17. The state park is Huntington Beach State Park. This park is on the water, beach etc. The second is Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, FL, also on the water. As with all State parks they fill up fast. Reserve America is a good way to guarantee a spot. Reserve the sooner the better. Also it is a good source to find a campground by name or map. If you do not have an account with Reserve America and or Recreation.gov, this is a good time to set that in motion, well worth having an account with them. This gives you a record of where you are going and where you have been. Good luck and enjoy FL, just don't tell to many people how nice it is here, we are filling up to fast. Present company excluded, of course!
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:20 PM   #7
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Fort Clinch state park, Amelia Island FL, the northeast corner of Florida. Joe
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #8
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Florida/South Eastern campgrounds

For us this is a timely post and we've made notes of these suggestions.

We've never traveled east of the Mississippi and are thinking of visiting family in SE North Carolina for Thanksgiving. We're considering returning via Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville and then I-10 west thru Pensacola, Mobile and N'Orlins. I would suspect this is prime Snowbird time and are are wondering if we need to make advanced reservations for our 1-3 day stops as we meander back to the west. We dislike timetables and reservations will force us to a timetable. What's the consensus of those of you who have traveled these locations at this time of year?

While I'm at it, any thoughts of taking I-20 east in November?
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #9
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Highlands Hammock State Park (Sebring), Lake Manatee State Park(Bradenton), Tomoka State Park(Flagler Beach), Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine)


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Salt Springs Rec, WP Franklin and John Pennekamp are three we really like.
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Reed Bingham and Skidaway are both on out list of places to visit. In the Savannah area, this is a nice campground: River's End Campground | Tybee Island RV Park & Camping

We were there three years ago. Lot's of family friendly things to do on Tybee. The campground is small, but they have full hookups and you're only a few hundred feet from the beach. By far, the cleanest bath houses of any campground we've ever stayed in.

Beware parking on the island, strictly enforced. You're only a few miles from downtown Savannah. Lots of great restaurants and plenty to see and do there. We went on a "ghost tour" of several downtown haunts. Great fun.

I-20 in November shouldn't be a problem (in a normal weather year). It's a good road thru Georgia. Last year in Alabama there was lot's of construction going on. I-16 is terrible in long spots, needs a bunch of work.

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You will have the best luck during the cold months if you stay north and/or away from the Ocean and Gulf when visiting Florida.

Along the I10 corridor would be a good choice.

Florida State Parks I can highly recommend along this route include: Little Talbott Island, Suwannee River, Blackwater and Stephen Foster. Thee Rivers was just ok but close to it is a very large Corps of Engineering campground (East Bank on Lake Seminole) just across the border in Bainbridge GA where you can get a discount if you have a National Parks Senior pass.

As with most camping, your luck will be better on weekdays and less so on the weekend. And you may have to switch sites during your stay. We stayed at four of the aforementioned parks last year and spoke with people who were able to get sites as walk-in's during the week but had to go to private campgrounds for the weekends.

As usual, you mileage may vary.


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Fort Clinch state park, Amelia Island FL, the northeast corner of Florida. Joe

I agree with this one. We like the beach loop, and the surrounding area outside the park is wonderful.
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Stops to Florida

Skidaway Island SP, GA; Huntington Beach SP, just south of Myrtle Beach; Fort Clinch SP, especially the beach loop, Amelia Island, FL; Anastasia SP, St. Augustine, FL were all hits with us as we made our way to the Everglades.
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