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Our choice for
“Best”
RV Route to Florida

From Canada and New England to

Saugerties, NY  Night 1
I-87S, I-287, I-78 to
Bernville, PA  (207 miles) Night 2
I-81S to
Mt Jackson, VA  (206 miles) Nights 3
I-81S to I-77 to
Mt Airy, NC  (233 miles) Nights 4
I-77 to I-26 to
St George, SC  (266 miles) Nights 5
I-95S to
Jacksonille, FL  (212 miles) Night 6

from Jacksonville to

Daytona Beach 109 miles
Walt Disney World  171 miles

Tampa 210 miles
Panama City 276 miles
Fort Myers 328 miles


Note: From Canada & New England for a 
WINTER OFF-SEASON ROUTE
Starting with I-84 to I-87 S, then
I-287 S to I-78 W and pick up I-81 S

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


Find Trip Summaries with typical costs on our
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(*) asterisk indicates a Passport America Half-Price Campground)

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Canada, New England and Upstate New York to Florida

 

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Snowbird RV stopover in Saugerties New York
Saugerties / Woodstock KOA Journey

1. Saugerties, New York
Saugerties / Woodstock KOA Journey

882 New York 212, Saugerties, NY 12477
Reserve: 800-562-4081 - Info: 845-246-4089
$54.95/night
I-87, Exit 20


Pull Thru, 50/30 Amps, Full Hookups These sites are over 65 feet long & wide enough to accommodate slides on both sides of your rig. Sites have water/sewer/50amp/ cable/wi-fi/fire pit and picnic table

Mid March - Oct 31, 81 sites. All ages, Tents Only sites: 23, 100 ft max RV length, 286 ft elev, Accepts Big Rigs, 21 pull thrus, 29 full hookups, electric, 29 elec-water hookups, 23, 20/30/50 amp, 14, tables, grill, water, toilets, showers, dump, RV Storage, propane, laundry, firewood, internet, cable tv, pet friendly extra rules, pool, playground,

Website
Allstays
Reviews


Directions:
From NYS Thruway I-87: Take Exit 20, go west toward Woodstock 2.5 miles on Rt 212, in the foothills of Catskill Mountains. GPS: N42.084017, W74.0183

Notes:
Toll charge (Class 4H/4 axles) - Albany to Saugerties $8.25.
WiFi at this campground is weak at best. Cable TV excellent.
Hyde Park is about 1/2 hour away. The famous site of the '69 Woodstock Festival and Museum is close-by and there is also a train into NYC about 45 minutes away. Also interesting are the Saugerties Lighthouse and the Main Street in Catskill with their cat sculptures. Lots of little shops in the town, great places to eat - even a movie theater.


Saugerties / Woodstock KOA Journey is
428km from Montreal
195 Miles from Boston

and 203 Miles from our next stop in Bernville, PA

Snowbird RV stopover at the Pennsylvania Dutch Campground
Pennsylvania Dutch Campground

2. Bernville, Pennsylvania
(203 miles from Saugerties, NY)

*Pennsylvania Dutch Campground
136 Campsite Rd, Bernville, PA
PA $26 - PA Valid Sunday through Thursday. Reservations preferred.
I-78, Exit 23


Open year-round. 233 total RV sites, can accommodate RVs up to 40ft, 30/50 amp service, full hook-up and partial hook-up sites. Pull-thrus, Cable TV.

Website

Passport America
Review

Directions:
Exit 23 and go south for about 100 yards and turn right (go west) on old route 22. 1.26 miles from exit 23.

Notes: The campground is close to the Interstate (I-78) as the crow flies but a bit circuitous by RV. It's a winding path of narrow back roads to get there but doable for any size RV. The campground home page states cable TV, WiFi and a full service restaurant. We used our antenna which was more than adequate. Local WiFi service is non-existent. The restaurant is only open on weekends. The next morning I visited the "Hostess" in the office to inquire about my misconceptions. She told me that "the WiFi is only receivable near the office area"
Pennsylvania Dutch Campground is a Passport America campground and offers half-price camping Sundays through Thursdays but it costs *$3 additional charge for 30/50 Amp, pull thrus, Direct TV and A/C & electric heat. There are many PA campgrounds that we have visited which are nice and totally satisfactory and a great value at half-price. This campground is fine for a night or two.

Pennsylvania Dutch Campground is 206 miles from our next stopover
in Mount Jackson, Virginia.


Snowbird RV stopover in Mount Jackson Virginia
Shenandoah Valley Campground in Mount Jackson, Virginia

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


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've not used 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 stopover in Mayberry, North Carolina
Mayberry Campground in Mt Airy, North Carolina

4. Mount Airy, NC
(253 miles from 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 the 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 stopover in St George, South Carolina
Jolly Acres Campground in St. George, South Carolina

5. Saint George, SC
(266 Miles from 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 two.

Other reasons we like this stopover is the Pilot/Flying J Truck Stop and two 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 stopover in Jacksonville, FL
Pecan RV Park, Jacksonville, FL

6. Jacksonville, Florida
(212 miles from St George, SC)
*Pecan Park RV Resort
650 Pecan Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone:
(512) 396-0070
I-95, Exit 366

One of the nicest Passport RV Parks on the route! This Park has 70' x 40' level concrete pull-through sites that will accommodate the biggest, big rigs easily. The campsites have full hookup, a picnic table, and free WiFi.

Who could ask for more, the weekend Pecan Park Flea & Farmer's Market is as close as walking through the opening in the fence that surrounds the RV Park.

A Budweiser Brewery Tour (and tasting!) at
111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, FL
is only 6.5 miles away. Tours start every 45 minutes from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We strongly recommend a visit if you have the time.

Also nearby:

Jacksonville Zoo - 11.4 miles
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL

Amelia Island Plantation - 11.9 miles
42 Beach lagoon Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL

Directions to Pecan Park RV Resort:
I-95 – Exit 366 (Pecan Park Road) – Head west less than ¼ mile on the left side.

Pricing subject to change,
always call ahead

For more Info:

Passport Review

Park Website


Our Review, Directions, Video and Alternates


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Canada, New England and Upstate New York to Florida


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