RV Adventure to Cumberland Island National Seashore

Georgia’s Atlantic Coast can be your RV camping playground year-round.  One of the best places to experience the wild beauty and unspoiled nature of the area is with a visit to Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Cumberland Island Shoreline

Head out on this inviting boardwalk to the Cumberland Island shoreline!

As Georgia’s largest barrier island, this paradise is just two hours north of the El Monte RV Rental location in Orlando, Florida.  With fifty miles of hiking trails, an amazing collection of wildlife and a wide range of historical sites to discover, isn’t it time you took a trip to Georgia’s island treasure?

We’ve put together a guide for RV travelers planning to visit Cumberland Island, with answers to your most frequent questions.

Where Can We Camp Near Cumberland Island National Seashore?

The National Seashore itself is undeveloped, with no paved roads and access only by the Cumberland ferry system.  Plan to camp nearby and take advantage of the ferry for an authentic wilderness experience.

Here are some suggestions for RV parks near Cumberland Island:

Crooked River State Park, located in St. Mary’s, GA, is just seven miles from the Cumberland Island Ferry landing.  It features campsites with electricity in a beautiful setting worth discovering after your day on the National Seashore.

Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, FL, is right across the Cumberland Sound from St. Mary’s GA.  Enjoy their full-service campsites in a scenic setting, with quick access to the Cumberland Ferry.

A Big Wheel RV Park adjacent to Crooked River State Park is a privately run campground that receives rave reviews.  It accommodates any size RV!

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

How Should We Prepare for our RV Camping Trip?

Glad to hear you’re the kind of RV camping enthusiast who plans ahead!  It’s especially important, when visiting a natural, undeveloped setting, to know what to expect.  Here are some things to consider when making your plans:

    • You can only reach the Island by ferry (passengers only, no vehicles) so be sure to make reservations in advance.
    • Only 300 people are allowed on the island each day.
    • Ferry passengers not on dock at least 30 minutes ahead of departure lose their reservations, so arrive early!
    • Pets are not allowed on the ferry.
    • If you’d like to rent a bike to travel around the island, be sure to tell the ferry concessionaire when you call.
    • There are no services on the Island other than water to refill bottles.  Bring your own food, water and normal hiking necessities like hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.
    • Take along a trash bag, as this wilderness island has a ‘pack in, pack out’ policy for all visitors.
    • If you plan to fish while visiting Cumberland Island, purchase a Georgia fishing license and make sure you have the required Saltwater Informational Program Permit attached.

What Kind of Weather Can We Expect? 

Like any well-prepared RV adventurer, you’ll want to know what kind of weather to expect when you go.  The weather in November at Cumberland Island National Seashore is magnificent, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.  Even in December, expect to enjoy 60 degree weather, with nighttime temps in the high 40s.

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

What Will We See on Cumberland Island?

History!  The Island was once mostly owned by the Carnegie family, and the ruins of their mansion, Dungeness, are just one part of its historic appeal.  Reserve a seat before you come on one of the Lands and Legacies Van Tours if you’d like to learn about the Native Americans who once inhabited the island, the large slave population who built the First African Baptist Church and, of course, the Carnegies and their opulent island lifestyle.  If you’re up to a lengthy hike or ride through variable terrain, you can also travel to these sites on foot or by bicycle.

Nature! Not only has the Atlantic formed a sixteen-mile stretch of perfect beach for you to explore, you’ll also find lush maritime forests, salt marshes and picturesque dunes here.  Stay on the marked trails to help preserve the wilderness for future generations and be sure to bring your camera!

Wildlife!  From feral horses to armadillos and alligators, this island has plenty to appeal for wildlife lovers.  No domesticated creatures call this island home, so keep that in mind while hiking or biking the area.  Keep a sharp eye out for the island’s famous wild horses, the sea turtles that nest here in early autumn and a surprising variety of shore birds.  Have we convinced you it’s time to visit Georgia’s barrier island paradise?  Here’s a link to more information, courtesy of the National Park Service.  We don’t often find unspoiled beauty that’s open for everyone to explore.  Let us know if we can help with an RV rental.  Please don’t miss the chance to discover Cumberland Island National Seashore and all it has to offer!

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Photo credits: Cumberland Island Path by db rolenrock, Cumberland Island Boardwalk by Jon Dawson, and Wild Horse Along Shoreline by Doug Anderson; all are licensed under Flickr Commons

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An Exciting RV Trip to Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest holds some of the best nature elements here in Southern California!  Right now while the weather holds, there is nothing better than an RV trip to this marvelous forest.  Only 30 miles from Los Angeles, the Angeles National Forest not only lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world, but allows you to relax within the natural landscapes and enjoy wildlife and outdoor recreation as well.

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Camping in an RV provides convenience and comfort for the short weekenders and for the longer excursion-type RVer!  Right in Acton, CA, you will find an RV campground that will give you all the amenities you desire.  At Soledad Canyon RV Resort, you are sitting in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and among the pines, palms and elms.  You will be centrally located so you can take off in the morning to the sights and activities surrounding you, and return in the evening without a lot of driving.  Of course, right in this RV campground you will have so much to do, such as fishing, hiking, basketball and volleyball games, and much more.

Naturally, you’ll want to make your way to Angeles National Forest while in Acton.  You are so close, and this is why you came in the first place.  There is so much to do here, and right now the weather should be cooperative.  Bring a plant-guide book or download an app to your smartphone before you leave home.  You’ll want to be able to identify the many plants that abound in this forest.  Be on constant alert for wildlife, such as bears, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, or bobcats.  With so many scenic stops overlooking valleys and forests, you will want to bring along all your camera gear so you can catch some incredible shots.  The hiking trails offer plenty of choices for all skill levels.  There are more than 500 miles of trails in this forest!

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

On another day you can head west out of Acton and catch I-5 north to get to Pyramid Lake.  This lake is an ideal place to find water activities of all kinds.  It might be a bit too chilly for swimming, but it is warm enough that you will have access to many areas of these Southern California forest areas.  Fishing is wonderful here, picnicking is a pleasure for the whole family and beachcombing is fun along the shores.

Try a picnic at Emigrant Landing Picnic Site.  Discover more fishing here with a wide variety of fish to catch.  There is a boat launch so you can get out on the water and soak up the sun.  Be sure to call ahead as the hours vary by season and can change from time to time.  Another place you may want to throw in a line is at Vaquero Day Use Area and Vaquero Beach.

Yes, Acton, California, is a perfect home base for an adventure in the forests of southern California.  Enjoy a little time away this winter on a fun RV vacation.  And if you wish to extend your RV camping pleasures, check out several other campgrounds from which to choose that service the Angeles National Forest.  California is a favorite choice for many winter-time RV campers!

For information on renting an RV in Los Angeles, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of California – CLICK HERE

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Picture credits:  Top photo of Little Jimmy Trail by Eeekster and is licensed under Wikimedia Commons.  The photo of Pyramid Lake by Neil Kremer found on Flickr is licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license.

 

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A Monterey RV Vacation is Perfect This Time of Year

An RV vacation to Monterey, California is great any time of year, but winter is really perfect.   Besides Monterey being a lovely and serene place, outdoor recreation is marvelous and nature shows its beautiful side.

Monterey Coastline, California

Monterey Coastline, California

You could say that Monterey and nearby Big Sur have picture-postcard beauty, and you would be spot on!  There are plenty of sights to see, so bring along your bike, your hiking boots, and your camera gear.  You have a wide choice in RV campgrounds so you can settle in and have a comfortable home base.

Anyone coming to Monterey needs to put the Monterey Bay Aquarium on their list to see.  It’s the pinnacle of attractions in the area to view fascinating marine life, such as a giant Pacific octopus, sea otters, and sea horses.   Ride in a submersible craft and sink down into the watery depths to view deep-sea creatures.   Catch the daily shows and learn about ocean life – facts you never before knew!

Cannery Row  -  Monterey, California

Cannery Row – Monterey, California

Whether or not you’ve ever read John Steinbeck, you will learn a lot of history by visiting Cannery Row.   In Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, he made this waterfront famous.   You will also want to visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and fit in whale watching.   You could also charter a fishing expedition.   Dine, shop, and browse —  there really is a lot to see!

Humpback Whale Monterey California

Humpback Whale Monterey California

Coming up a little later in January is the Whalefest Monterey which will be held on Old Fisherman’s Wharf.   Recently hundreds of dolphins, humpback whales, and orcas have come to  Monterey Bay to feast on anchovies.   Whale watchers are in seventh heaven with this special experience and  you will be too.  And, of course, there are many exhibits and educational opportunities during the Whalefest Monterey.   The kids will love attending, but the adults won’t want to miss a second either!

There are a wide variety of other things to do outdoors in the area.   You can hike the trails in Toro Park or Lake San Antonio.   Boating is also great at Lake San Antonio.   Biking trails are fun at Laguna Seca Recreation Area with miles of bike trails.   Take a wonderful drive in your RV on the 17 Mile Drive for expansive scenic views.

Naturally, you can’t miss Big Sur which is so close by.  Drive on this memorable coastal highway.   The views are thrilling, to say the least.  If you are lucky, you’ll spot a rare California condor with its wide wing span soaring over the crashing waves.   This section of coast is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that stretches along the coast for 276 miles.

Sea Otter in Monterey, California

Sea Otter in Monterey, California

Sea otters live in this region and thrive.  They are able to find the 15 pounds  of food they need to survive each day.   In the 1930s sea otters had almost vanished, but from a small group of sea otters along the Big Sur coast they increased in numbers until they have reached more than 2,000 currently.

Learn more about the life along the Monterey and Big Sur coast.   Come and visit on your next RV vacation!

El Monte RV Official Logo

El Monte RV Official Logo

For information on renting an RV in or near Monterey, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of California,  – CLICK HERE

Picture credits: The photos (top) of Monterey Coastline and Cannery Row (middle) by Jimg944, the photo of  the humpback whale by Fred von Lohmann, and the photo of the Sea Otter by Tim Parkinson, were found on Flickr Commons. They are licensed under the  Explore/Creative Commons license.

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