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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A Scenic Fall RV Vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Picture of Fall Foliage in Jackson NH

Fall Foliage along the Ellis River in Jackson, NH in the White Mountains

Take your RV for an incredible vacation in the White Mountains. The White Mountain National Forest is a truly special place for a getaway from spring through the fall. You’ll find hiking trails, historic sites and camping as well as gorgeous scenery with especially wonderful fall colors. This National Forest contains more than 1,200 miles of trails for the adventures of a lifetime.

First you travel up Interstate 93 to Highway 3 to North Woodstock, New Hampshire. This is where you will start your RV trip. This is a scenic drive that simply must hold the top place on your list of all scenic drives in the U.S. When in North Woodstock you will want to visit the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Follow the Lost River through the gorge, walk the boardwalks and explore the caves.

When you get to Clark’s Trading Post you will want to stop and see the Bear Show, enjoy the entertainment and browse all the souvenirs available to take home with you. You can let the kids take a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad and travel through a wonderful covered bridge.

To really experience some amazing scenery, stop at Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. From the Flume Visitor’s Center you can walk a two-mile loop, but be ready for a lot of uphill walking and stairs. You are in the absolutely amazing Franconia Notch State Park. Here the colors of autumn are simply beautiful, and you’ll definitely want to capture some on camera. Don’t forget your camera gear when embarking on your White Mountains fall RV excursion!

Also in Franconia Notch State Park you can see the Old Man of the Mountain Basin Waterfall, where rock formations and small waterfalls will please and inspire. Then on to Twin Mountain for more hiking, biking or wildlife viewing! You may catch a glimpse of a moose. You will find RV camping in Twin Mountain, such as the Ammonoosuc Campground, with a number of RV sites to accommodate you.

Take a little side trip and experience the thrill of riding on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Heading up to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast is an exhilarating time. This railway is open through the beginning of December. You can look out on all the fabulous autumn colors surrounding. This is quite an experience.

Other places of interest on your scenic drive include Crawford House Artist’s Studio and Bretton Woods. Crawford House was built in 1880 and deserves your attention to this historic site. In Bretton Woods you can stay a while and get out into the wilderness surrounding for some autumn fun.

Take a walk on the wild side in Crawford Notch State Park, with over 5000 acres of wilderness landscapes, with trees of golden orange and red. Go fishing, take some short hikes, or simply enjoy the views. After some time spent here, go to Attitash Mountain in Bartlett. If you are brave, you can tackle the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster. You ride up the mountain calmly and come down the mountain on a thrilling ride with dips, curves and straight runs at the speed you control. This ride is open into December, so you have a chance to experience the thrills late into the season.

Another side trip you can take now is to Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, with a terrific 10-foot waterfall on the Swift River. Stop to admire the breathtaking beauty of this rocky gorge. Along the Kancamagus Highway you will find the Lower Falls, with a great picnic area where you can have your lunch.

Next move on to the Albany Covered Bridge spanning the Swift River. There are many covered bridges in White Mountains National Forest and this is one of the most beautiful. Although you have only seen a small part of these incredible White Mountains, you surely now have a concept of the true nature of this part of New Hampshire. There is more to see, so if you extend your vacation time, you can travel the byways of the park and marvel at more fall sights and have some more adventures.

Picture credits: The fall foliage picture is from the Travel New England photo gallery.

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Fairs, Festivals and Foliage in Central Massachusetts

This was provided to us by the Central Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Fairs, festivals and foliage make the fall a wonderful time to visit Central Massachusetts. There are multiple celebrations and events almost every weekend, and beautiful rural driving routes along which to admire the changing seasons. There are so many compelling reasons to set up camp and stay for a while, but where?

As it turns out, campgrounds abound in Central Massachusetts, so there are plenty of sites from which to choose for extended stays in this beautiful region. Pine Acres, on beautiful Lake Dean in Oakham boasts resort amenities along with the charm of country solitude. And just down the road in Barre is Camp Coldbrook, which features a par three golf course, Olympic-size swimming pool and 22,000 acres of nature to explore.

In addition to great history, culture and shopping, The Blackstone Valley offers several sites, including: Indian Ranch, located on lovely Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (or Webster Lake!) The loose translation is “you fish on your side; I’ll fish on my side, and no one fishes in the middle.” This campground features an entertainment venue – check the website for schedule. In addition, King’s Campground in Manchaug, Lake Manchaug Camping in E. Douglas and The Old Holbrook Place in W. Sutton all feature waterfront views of Lake Manchaug. Sutton Falls Camping Area in W. Sutton offers quiet family camping on a private pond.

The Sturbridge Townships also offer campgrounds in abundance, along with many tourist attractions, like Old Sturbridge Village and fine dining at The Publick House, Sturbridge and Salem Cross Inn, W. Brookfield. Nearby is the Highview Campground  in W. Brookfield, which offers great family recreational activities. In the town of Sturbridge, Outdoor World provides daily planned activities, weekend entertainment, an indoor pool and 200 acres of beautiful pines. Also in Sturbridge, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is open all year, offering great fun for the whole family, with Yogi, Cindy, Boo Boo and more!

And while you’re here, be sure to enjoy some of the area’s festivals and attractions. And take advantage of the season’s offerings. For adventures in Apple Picking, Central Massachusetts has many great orchards and farms where you can “pick your own” with family and friends. Enjoy leaf peeping with a walk or bike ride on the Central Massachusetts Rail Trail; participate in one of 106 walks in The Last Green Valley throughout October for the 19th Annual Walktober, or visit North Quabbin Woods for a spectacular display of foliage and wildlife.

For optimum leaf peeping, Route 20 spans the entire state (East-West) of MA and offers scenic vistas and attractions, particularly in the Sturbridge area. And Route 31 North will take you from the CT border to breathtaking Wachusett Mountain, where you can ride the gondola (weather permitting) for a picturesque view of the foliage all the way to NH and Boston. In addition, Route 122 heading North from Worcester, is rife with photo opportunities along the roads in Paxton, Rutland, Oakham, New Braintree, Hardwick and throughout the Quabbin Reservoir region.

And for RVing to any of these wonderful destinations, El Monte RV Rentals’ Boston, MA will be able to take care of all of your RV rental needs.

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New England Fall Foliage RV Road Trip!

Every year at this time, I start hearing people say “I wish I could take one more road trip before winter!” We’ve found the perfect trip—a New England RV journey to see the gorgeous autumn colors!

Throughout the New England states, the trees are starting to turn and glorious color is around every curve in the road. Isn’t it time to pack the RV and experience autumn in New England for yourself?

Here’s my quick list of areas famous for foliage to help you plan your New England RV road trip:

  • Vermont’s Champlain Valley: Some of New England’s most fabulous fall scenery can be found around Lake Champlain on the New York/Vermont border. Whether your RV’s rolling through Burlington, Shelburne or East Middlebury, the fall foliage won’t disappoint. Need a place to stop for the night? Ten Acres Campground offers lakeside RV campsites through mid-October.
  • Kancamagus Scenic Byway – New Hampshire: In New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, the “Kanc” winds its way through spectacular hardwood forests, along the Lost River and through valleys filled with historical sites. Broken Branch KOA in Woodstock, NH is open through October and a stone’s throw away from White Mountain.
  • Acadia National Park – Maine: The granite outcroppings and splendid fall colors in the forests of Acadia National Park will have you pulling off the road for photo after photo. Leaf peeping in early October is a very popular pastime at the park, so be sure to make your RV campground reservations early. Try Hadley’s Point Campground in nearby Bar Harbor for full-service campsites.
  • Litchfield Hills – Connecticut: The photo opportunities are also endless along the highways and byways of Connecticut’s Berkshire foothills. Mohawk State Forest near Goshen, Lake Waramaug State Park near Kent and dozens of quaint Connecticut villages fill the Litchfield Hills with plenty of sightseeing possibilities. Valley in the Pines Campground in Goshen is a great home base for your Connecticut Fall Foliage RV Tour.
  • Merrimack Valley – Massachusetts: Lexington, Concord, Waltham and Boston…historic towns surrounded by explosions of fall color. Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley is home to seven sites managed by the State Parks Department, as well as rivers, streams and covered bridges. Why not park your RV at Minuteman Campground near Boston? It’s perfectly located as a center of Merrimack Valley activities.

For the latest fall foliage conditions check out these sites:

Whether you’re looking for a weekend motorhome getaway or a two week RV journey state-by-state, you’re going to love New England in the fall. A great place to start is the El Monte RV Boston RV rentals location. Rent a luxury motorhome and get started on this year’s New England Fall Foliage RV Tour!

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