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Old 05-19-2016, 02:40 PM   #1
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route to gettysburg

planning our first long rv and AS trip to Gettysburg pa from gainesville fl leaving mid July. We plan on spending 2 weeks on the trip and want to drive approx. 200 - 250 mi. per day. any suggestions on route and camping sites along the way. this being our first trip boondocking is out.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:21 PM   #2
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Unless Wash DC is in your plans I would advise to avoid going anywhere close to DC on the way. Google maps routes you on 95 to DC OR, even better, through Charlotte, NC and onto Rt. 81 N. ( My choice). The time differential is less than 1 hr. longer and you'll save that in traffic and stress. We use 81 on almost all of our north/south travels. Those times that 95 is used I usually get off onto 301 at Richmond, Va and circumvent the
DC / Baltimore congestion. We came up from Knoxville just 2 wks ago and 81 was clear of construction.

You will really enjoy Gettysburg. Get or borrow the CD and do the self guided tour.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:21 PM   #3
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Through Virginia consider leaving I95 at Fredericksburg and taking a look at route 17 to route 15 up through Maryland. This is a beautiful route. Just time it to avoid rush hour around lees burg or Frederick MD if you want a scenic route.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:16 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice, our son is stationed in DC and a visit is a must so maybe we find a campground near Richmond and he visits us.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:18 AM   #5
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good advice, Thanks
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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no construction

Yeah like said ' Polarlyse' no construction on 81 in Virginia. Our Governor has bigger fish to fry this year. They sent out a press release saying he got the complete box set of Looney Tunes 1937 -1985 on DVD, so his summer is set !

77 from Charlotte to 81 is in good shape. I like to get off of 81 at Stephan City to avoid Winchester and the Hagerstown mess ( and see the dinosaur).
Using 340 north you can get to Frederick pretty easy. ( or 7 East from Winchester to Berryville and pick up 340 there)

That mixing bowl of 340, 15 north and 70 where it splits to DC and Baltimore is ok, in off traffic times. Study it in google maps before you get there and you will know where to go. Most traffic is going east to DC, and you are just going across that mess to take 15 north to Gettysburg. Its good road, no hard pulls.
Have a good one safe travels,
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If you are brave enough to bring your trailer in close check out Greenbelt park. It's a
NPS campsite very close to DC. Google " Greenbelt camping" to get all the details. I've never been there but it sounds like a great option to me. Our daughter lives in Baltimore and we were looking for a place " not too far away " in case we have our trailer in tow sometime. Be forewarned though, dry camping ONLY but the price is right.
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Prince William forest park could be a nice option for your son to come and visit you from dc. Then head west and around the city to avoid the DC traffic and on to Gettysburg. Lots of history at the park they did OSS training there during the war.
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My route up the east coast to Boston goes through Gettysburg.

95 up to 495 around DC to 270 to 15 right though Gettysburg.

Artillery Ridge Campground Is 2 miles off 15 and your are right near the park.
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Stops along the way, besides the Walmarts there is Santee SP, Camp Pedro at South of the Border, Medoc Mountain SP and Camp Wilderness at Kings Dominion. Those are my favorites. There is also the Flying J's.

Near DC there is Cherry Hill RV park.
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We live about 15 miles from G-Burg and when we travel south to FL we take US 15 thru Frederick, MD. And then in Culpepper, VA we take US 29 to Greensboro, NC and from there are several interstates you could take.

Most of the towns have a bypass and it's generally pretty good road. There are some places with numerous stop lights but, in general, if you are not in a hurry, it's a good route, and for us, who have driven from southern PA to FL and back more times than I can remember, it is our route of choice.

We stay in Danville, VA and then somewhere in GA depending on how aggressive we are on travel time.

I hope this helps. If you like history you will love the G-Burg area. If I can be of any help let me know.
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I'm a Gettysburg native. Much depends on whether you want to travel interstate or not. My wife and I like to go south via route 81, to route 77, to route 26. We visit with family in Beaufort SC and this is the way we go.

I recommend avoiding route 95 from Richmond through and around Washington DC.

If you want to easy does it, pick up 340 around Staunton, or north of there somewhere, and take it right on in to Frederick MD, picking up 15 north from there. As mentioned, Artillery ridge is a nice place to camp, my home is a couple miles from there, and it puts you in a great place to get out and explore the area. Drummer boy campground is nice too but sits along rt. 15, a bit more traffic noise. Granite Hill campground is several miles out of town, it's nice too, but further to drive to get in to Gettysburg.

Feel free to msg. me if you need anything.
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I too have many great memories of artillery ridge campground. I've been going there since the 80s.
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