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The “Best” Snowbird RV Route -
Florida to the Northeast
and Canada

 
From Tampa, FL
Take I-75 to US-301 to I-10 to I-295
to I-95 for 238 miles to

(Stopover #1) Brunswick, Georgia
Then take I-95 North for 167 miles to

(Stopover #2) Saint George, SC
Then I-77 to I-26 to I-74 - 266 miles to
 
(Stopover #3) Mt. Airy, NC
Then I-77 to I-81 - 253 miles to

(Stopover #4) Mt Jackson, VA
Take I-81 - 185 miles to

(Stopover #5) Jonestown, PA 

Photos, directions, costs and
trip summary below
   
After reaching Jonestown, PA we
1. Take I-81 when going to Central NY or Ontario, Canada
2. For Northeast NY, VT & New England
we take
I-78 to I-287 to I-87 to I-84.

This is a 6 day trip averaging 200 miles/day.
It can be done in 3 days if pressed but we like
to spend 2 nights at most stopovers to explore.

(*) asterisk indicates a Passport America Campground)



Snowbird RV stop #6 in Brunswick, GA

Golden Isle RV Park in Brunswick, Georgia


1. Brunswick, Georgia
About 30 miles North of the FL/GA line and
167 miles to Stopove #2 in St. George, South Carolina)
*Golden Isles RV Park
7445 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick, GA
Open Year-round
Phone: (912) 261-1025
I-95, Exit 29

Easy off/on I-95 and a popular stopover for RVers heading North or South. Very convenient for a visit to the beach and attractions on Jekyll Island which is close by.

106 pull-through sites FHU's, TV Lounge, coin laundry, playground, swimming Pool, free WiFi, computer station, dump stations, cable TV and offering "Good Country Cooking" at Fran's Place Restaurant".

Our Review and Additional Info


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Snowbird RV stop #5 in St George, SC
Jolly Acres Campground in St. George, South Carolina

2. Saint George, SC
(266 Miles to Mt. Airy, NC)
*Jolly Acres Campground
289 Horne Taylor Road, Saint George, SC
Open Year-round
Phone: 843-563-8303
I-95, Exit 77


Located 6 easy miles off I-95 - we like it because it is out in the country - clean, quiet, peaceful and run by nice, friendly people. Becky owns the place and is always making improvements. She also raises champion Boxer dogs. They have pull-throughs, 30 Amp, good water, a dump station, propane and laundry facilities. Jolly Acres is usually nearly filled to capacity with Snowbirds during the Winter months but call ahead and Becky can normally fit you in for a night or 2.

Other reasons we like this stopover is the Pilot/Flying J Truck Stop and 2 very good restaurants in Town:

"Shug's Southern Soul Cafe," 5792 Memorial Blvd, Saint George, SC  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 but closed Sunday through Tuesday. There are daily specials. We both order the BBQ chicken special which comes 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 (843) 563-4112.
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

Our Review, Directions and Video


Be sure to phone ahead to any "open year-round" campground to be sure they are open and have a space for you.

Snowbird RV stop #4 in Mayberry, NC

Mayberry Campground in Mt Airy, North Carolina


3. Mount Airy, NC
(253 miles to Mt. Jackson, VA)  
*Mayberry Campground
114 Bunker Rd
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Open Year-round
Phone: 336-789-6199
I-74, Exit 11


Mayberry Campground is located on a part of the former 2,000 acre farm belonging to Chang and Eng Bunker, famous Siamese twins of the 1800’s. The twins – forever conjoined – had a prosperous farm as well as 2 separate and prosperous families. They married 2 sisters and had 21 children between them. They kept 2 separate homes, alternating 3 days at each home.

Mayberry Campground has over 100 gravel sites with both back-ins and pull-throughs, full hook-ups, 30 and 50 Amp, free WiFi and free TV cable at every site. There are 2 catch-and-release ponds (no fishing license needed) and a Bunker homestead on the property that features tours on some weekends.

We have enjoyed dinner at “The Copper Pot," 123 Scenic Outlet Lane, Mt Airy (336) 352-4108. Real Southern home-cooking served by cheerful ladies with  North Carolina accents so thick you almost need an interpreter. Good food and Great people – the feeling is real hometown friendliness.

We also tried a new lunch spot suggested by the campground and backed by many good reviews on the Net. It’s called "Little Richard’s Smokehouse BBQ," 455 Frederick St, Mt Airy (336) 783-0227. We like BBQ and have sampled it in nearly every State East of the Mississippi. This place is our new favorite for BBQ done right. Tender and juicy – slow cooked over hickory coals for 16 hours and truly finger lickin’ good. The sides are homemade as well. For sides we both tried the mac & cheese and turnip greens accompanied by a large basket of hush puppies. They have a soft drink – new to us – called “Cheerwine” which is cherry flavored and also tasty as were the warm blackberry cobblers we had for dessert with vanilla ice cream (of course!).

We can also recommend Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant & Grill at 2123 Rockford Street. It’s a small restaurant with a talented chef. Both of our meals, traditional Mexican combos, were really delicious.

There is much to see and do in Mt Airy, the birthplace of favorite son - Andy Griffith.

Visit Andy Griffith’s “homeplace” at 711 East Haymore Street. Less than a mile away you’ll find “The Snappy Lunch” still making the “famous pork chop sandwiches”. It’s next door to “Floyd’s Barbershop” and “Opie’s Candy Store.” Just a little farther down Main Street you’ll find “Wally’s Garage” and “The Courthouse” with a recreation of the jail set office and cells we remember from The Andy Griffith Show. That’s also the place to sign-up for an “Andy Griffith Squad Car Tour” of Town in a vintage Mayberry Police Car like Barney and Andy drove.

Not far away you’ll find the “Andy Griffith Theatre” and the Andy Griffith Museum where they have hundreds (perhaps thousands) of artifacts and memorabilia from Andy’s career on stage, TV and in the movies and as a singer and comedian. The Museum’s lower level has an exhibition of material from Eng and Chang’s life as well.

Our Review, Directions and Video


Always phone ahead to any "open year-round" campground to be sure they are open and have a space for you.


Snowbird RV stop #3 in Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Campground in Mount Jackson, Virginia


4. Mt. Jackson, VA
(185 Miles from Jonestown, PA )
*Shenandoah Valley Family Campground
168 Industrial Park Road
Mt. Jackson, Virginia 22842
Open Year-round
Phone: (540) 477-3080
I-81, Exit 269


Not always the most sociable and cheerful staff but again a convenient stopover just off I-81. The sites are gravel pull-thrus with 50A and FHU. They will honor Passport America for one night only - and not on weekends - and no other club’s discount if you plan to stay more than the one night. They have a small cafe on site but we do not use it.

The campground is convenient to Shenandoah Caverns, a local weekend flea market and the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory which we have enjoyed visiting. We have also made a day trip from the campground to travel part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a visit to the Shenandoah National Forest. It makes an interesting loop starting East of New Market and exiting the Blue Ridge Parkway at Front Royal and then back to the campground.

There is a smaller gas station at this Exit but a larger Truck Stop at Exit 267. The Denny’s at Exit 267 serves pretty good food.

Our Review, Directions and Video


Be sure to phone ahead to any "open year-round" campground to be sure they are open and have a space for you.

Snowbird RV stop #2 in Jonestown, PA

Jonestown-Hershey KOA in Jonestown, Pennsylvania


5. Jonestown, PA

(211 miles from Oneonta, NY, 326 miles from Alexandria Bay, NY, 496km from Niagara Falls, Canada)
Jonestown/Hershey NE KOA
11 Lickdale Road
Jonestown, PA 17038
Open Year-round
Phone: 800-562-2609
I-81, Exit 90


We overnight at this campground regularly mainly because it is so convenient to I-81. The price is more than we usually like to pay but throw in the amenities like free cable, fair WiFi and a decent cafe that will deliver lunch or dinner to your door and it works for a night.

Each site is a pull-thru with concrete pad and full hook-up (FHU). It’s an easy drive to visit Hershey Park from this campground or they do offer a free shuttle bus ride (Summer Season)  to Hershey Park when admittance tickets are purchased from their office.
There is also a large truck stop for fuel at this Exit.

Our Review, Directions and Video


Always phone ahead to any "open year-round" campground to be sure they are open and have a space for you.



We also have listings - by State and Route -
of all REST AREAS heading South or North along this route:

List of Interstate Rest Areas Southbound
NY/Canada Border to Tampa, Florida

List of Interstate Rest Areas Northbound
Tampa, Florida to the NY/Canada Border


Why a Listing of Interstate Rest Areas you ask?
You must not be traveling with kids or you are not
of an age to be retired.


Other Overnight Options:

 WALMARTS ALLOWING OVERNIGHT PARKING

CRACKER BARREL (Bus/RV accessible)
 
SUMMARY OF OUR COSTS ON OUR SNOWBIRD TRIP:
(Tampa, FL to Lewis, NY)
Equipment: 2011 F-250 XLT Super Duty & a 2011 32' Excel 5th Wheel

10 days and 6 campgrounds-
Total Miles:1,638.6
Towing Miles: 1,535.5
Gasoline: (Avg 9.48 mpg)
   Gallons: 174
   Gas Cost: $380.07
Campgrounds: $257.17
Restaurants: $225.26



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