Southern RV Comfort—Three Trips You’ll Want to Take

Visiting the American South by RV always delivers the unexpected. Whether you’re chasing warmer temps in winter or a balmy lakeshore in July, there’s a southern RV adventure with your name on it.

To whet your appetite for sweet tea and southern RV comfort, we’ve chosen three special places that welcome campers with the attractions, amenities and authentic southern charm.

Auburn, Alabama

Travel south on I-85 from Atlanta, Georgia, and you’ll find a place where farmer’s markets offer abundance year-round, waterfalls splash into crystal clear pools and Auburn Tigers football reigns supreme.

Even more enticing are the options for RV camping in this eastern Alabama playground. From a cozy, farmstead campground beneath the trees to a large, first-class resort with every amenity an RV camper could want, there’s a place for every style camper in Auburn. You’ll also have the chance to visit one of the prettiest state parks in the South. Just a short drive from Auburn, Chewacla State Park offers a full-service campground, picturesque swimming beach and a rocky waterfall worth the hike to discover.

While in the town of Auburn, be sure to visit the many farmer’s markets for a taste of natural Alabama. RV travelers also list the vintage town of Opelika as a must-see attraction while in the Auburn area. And don’t miss the live music venues that keep the nighttime sizzling downtown in both Auburn and Opelika.

Give yourself the gift of visiting the Auburn area by RV. Here’s a link to Alabama RV campgrounds to assist your planning.

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

RVers who travel the South frequently are familiar with a vibrant town on the Mississippi coast where historic sites, casinos and Gulf Coast outdoor recreation deliver the best in vacation fun.

Bay St. Louis is surrounded by scenic blueways where you can paddle through the bayous and along the Pascagoula River. Nature trails dot the landscape on public lands preserved for future generations. The coastal plain makes a fascinating classroom, filled with plant life, animals and birds in stunning varieties. Local outfitters can plan a tour by land or water that will suit the interests of your entire group.

Prefer to spend your days in town? In Old Town Bay St. Louis, you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy a jazz brunch, to purchase unique gifts made by local artisans and to soak up the charm and culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There’s even a self-guided walking or biking tour that celebrates the town that’s stood the test of three centuries.

We can’t discuss the attractions of the Gulfport-Biloxi area without mentioning casinos, two, in fact right in city of Bay St. Louis. Casinos don’t just mean gambling, either; they feature world class entertainment, upscale shops and luxury spa services, as well. Check with your campground hosts about the local shuttles that ferry gaming enthusiasts to area casino action.

Speaking of campgrounds, when it’s time to set up camp in Bay St. Louis, you won’t be disappointed. There are hundreds of campsites within easy driving distance of Bay St. Louis attractions, in the city itself as well as in surrounding towns like Gulfport, Pass Christian and Kiln. Use this handy list of Mississippi RV campgrounds, and be sure to make reservations…this region is famous with RV campers.

Blairsville, Georgia

If a tiny mountain town surrounded by national forest sounds like the ideal place to go RV camping in the South, it’s high time you came to Blairsville, Georgia. An hour and a half north of Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this alpine hamlet is the hub for a wide variety of outdoor recreation.

Cabin in Vogel State Park

Cabin in Vogel State Park

Camp in nearby Vogel State Park in Chattahoochee National Forest, and then find the trails that lead past mountain peaks, quiet hollows and hidden lakes rich with wildlife. Be sure to experience the views from Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Keep your eyes open for waterfalls along the way, as well.

When you’re ready for a bit more civilization, take a trip into the towns of Blairsville and Suches, where year-round festivals add even more flavor to your Blue Ridge Mountain experience. One more note for paddling enthusiasts—three lakes in surrounding Union County give plenty of blue water possibilities.

RV camping in the South is a different experience everywhere you stop and every time you come. If you’re looking for authentic Southern RV comfort and charm, you can’t go wrong by choosing one of these three destinations. And, because we’re here to help, be sure to let us know if an RV rental will help make the trip your reality.

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RV Camping on Georgia Grown Trail 301

Are you the kind of RV traveler who enjoys stopping along the way to visit farmers markets, fruit stands and other local agribusiness attractions? If you are, Georgia Grown Trail 301, a 150-mile journey to discover Georgia’s farming heritage, is a trip you’ll want to make soon.

An added bonus on this scenic route is that you’ll discover historic sites you might not find in the guide books, places that speak of local color and flavor and Georgia’s Civil War history. Interested? Then follow along as we make a quick trip along the highlights of Georgia Grown Trail 301.

You can start your journey in the town of Sylvania, GA, in the state’s Magnolia Midlands region.  A stop at the Georgia Visitors Center on Highway 301, your route for the entire journey, will supply more information about battlefields, historic structures and the farms and vineyards that bring thousands of agritourists to Screven County each year. Save time to stroll through downtown Sylvania to absorb the town’s serene beauty.

As you make your way south along the Georgia Grown Trail 301 toward Statesboro, you’ll notice vineyards and farms in abundance, so slow down and enjoy local farm stands and gorgeous scenery. If you like planning your campsites in advance, check the campgrounds in Brunswick, a coastal gem just east of your route, as well Magnolia Springs State Park west of Sylvania and private RV resorts in towns like Guyton and Folkston.

While enjoying the college town energy of Statesboro, be sure to save time for a side trip to Hunter Cattle Company, twenty minutes east near the town of Brooklet. You’ll find a vibrant family farm dedicated to sustainable, pastured beef, pork and poultry, with a farm store, tours and plenty of Southern charm.

Another Georgia Grown Statesboro favorite is Braswell Food Company, where nationally-famous preserves and condiments have been made and sold since the 1940s. The factory store is open Monday through Friday, so don’t miss the chance to experience their creative collection of products.

If you happen to be in Statesboro on Saturday morning, make your way to the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market. Besides plenty of local produce, you’ll be able to purchase products like grits, cornmeal and whole wheat flour from nearby Freeman’s Mill.

One more stop well worth your time as you’re leaving Statesboro is Meinhardt Vineyards, east of Hwy 301 on GA-46. Their fabulous Muscadine varieties can be sampled and purchased while you’re there, and the vineyard is a picture perfect place to spend an hour or two.

If you’re a fan of both RV travel and scrumptious, freshly-baked fruitcake, you’re going to want to make a stop in Claxton, GA, just down Hwy 301 from Statesboro. Two local companies deliver their fruit-filled goodness to visitors in this little town. Claxton Fruit Cake has been a holiday staple in American homes since 1910, and Georgia Fruit Cake Co. offers not only the town’s signature pastry but also gourmet coffees and other fine foods from a quaint corner storefront.

Traveling south through Tattnall County on Hwy 301, you’ll begin to see evidence that the county grows more Vidalia Sweet Onions than any other place in Georgia. Along with this world-famous delicacy, the town of Glennville and surrounding area offers agritourist RV travelers an amazing number of ways to explore local flavor.

Watermelon Creek Vineyards is just such a place, offering tastings of wines made from Georgia Grown muscadine grapes and other tempting treats. Another Glennville favorite of RV travelers is a stop at DC Durrence Farm, north of town on Hwy 301. This family farm offers u-pick vegetables or a farm stand where picked vegetables are available for sale.

If you’ve got a fishing fan on-board your RV, you’re going to want to make a reservation to tour Armstrong Cricket Farm while in Glennville. Selling brown crickets and bait worms all over the country has made this locally-owned concern famous with anglers.

Where else can you find natural goodness on the Georgia Grown 301 Trail near Glennville? Check out Folsom Farms Country Store for dressings, pickles and, of course,

Gordonia Alatamaha State Park

Gordonia Alatamaha State Park

fresh Vidalia Sweet Onions. By the way, if you plan to stay a day or two in the Glennville area, check out the RV campsites at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park.  It’s an easy drive and a pleasant place to set up camp.

We’ve got a trio of burgs to explore on the road toward Folkston that you won’t want to miss. Morgan Lake between Jesup and Ludowici is a fisherman’s paradise, as well as home to a nice, family-owned RV campground. The countryside surrounding Jesup is filled with outdoor recreation venues on the Altamaha River, as well as side trips to spots like Poppell Farms, Growing Green Plant Nursery & Farm in Screven and the Jesup Train Depot, built in 1903 and still operating as an Amtrak station.

And that brings us to the end of the Trail, in Folkston. Tucked between the St Mary’s River and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Folkston is a place where you’re going to want to spend a lot of time outdoors. Explore the swamp, paddle the river and camp in lush, green places where birds and wildlife abound. Don’t leave Folkston without experiencing the Folkston Funnel Viewing Platform for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to watch more than sixty trains pass through each day.

There are dozens of fascinating places to explore as you make your way by RV along the Georgia Grown Trail 301. Plot your itinerary today and get started; we’re here to help with an RV rental and can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

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Exciting RV Camping at Georgia’s Crooked River State Park

Why wait for warm weather to take an RV camping trip to Coastal Georgia? Just downstream from Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia’s Crooked River State Park has plenty to keep active RV campers busy.

Three hours north of Orlando, FL via I-95, this beautiful park at St Mary’s, GA offers large state park campsites as well as a private RV campground adjacent to the park. You’ll also find easy access to Cumberland Island by private boat or ferry. But before you head for the National Seashore, why not discover the outdoor adventures at Crooked River?   crooked_river_state_park

Hiking trails for every ability encourage Crooked River State Park campers to explore the area’s coastal marshes and maritime forests. Whether you choose to follow the Bay Boardwalk Trail to enjoy two species of bay trees, wax myrtle and sweet gums in a lush forest or choose the hardwood forest beauty of the Sempervirens Trail, you’ll be accompanied by plenty of birds and wildlife. Keep your camera ready for gopher tortoises, osprey and great blue herons.

Like to fish while on your RV camping trips? The intracoastal waters, as well as the tidal creeks and streams that make up Fancy Bluff Creek, are prime fishing territory for Whiting, Trout, Sheepshead and Black Drum. Paddle out into the waterways with your fishing gear or hike the bank to find the big ones. Here’s a link to current fishing reports for Crooked River State Park.

And speaking of paddling—there are several challenging water trails in this area, including the four-mile Cherry Point Trail through the salt marsh, and the paddling tour of magnificent St. Mary’s Harbor. Unless you’re well-seasoned as a paddler, it’s probably best to connect with a local outfitter, as the complex network of waterways surrounding the state park are not recommended for novices. A bonus for paddlers—you’re liable to see not only gators but sand sharks, stingrays and river otters on your journey.

Don’t forget the proximity of St Mary’s, worthy of at least a day trip while you’re in the area. Rich with history, from the Submarine Museum that details the role of nearby King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base to the town’s antebellum historic district (complete with guided golf cart tours!), this picturesque harbor town is also a stop along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail.

Doesn’t the thought of waking up to seabirds, bald eagles and abundant marine life, all while camped in a lush, coastal forest sound delightful? Pack the RV and make your way to Coastal Georgia and Crooked River State Park, and let us know if we can help with an RV rental. It’s all there waiting for you!

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Take an RV Trip along the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway

Picture of the Anna Ruby Falls in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Anna Ruby Falls in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

It is that time of year to head to Georgia and take a scenic drive in an RV. This is the ideal spring adventure, beginning your extensive travels planned for the year. The beauty of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest awaits you. This is where you can enjoy those cool mountain streams, misty valleys and pristine forests. All manner of outdoor activities are right at your doorstep.

Start out in Helen, Georgia, a wonderful village tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The rich history of the Native Americans who lived here is enough to take up considerable time to investigate. Wander the cobblestone alleyways and dine in fabulous restaurants. RV camping is plentiful and you will find a long list of RV campgrounds to choose from. Once you settle in, you can plan your 41-mile trip along the nearby scenic byway.

The Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway attracts travelers from all over. They love to see the gorgeous cascades of numerous waterfalls and get lovely views of the valley. This byway is the way to see it all. There will be lots of places to stop and go for a hike or cast a line into a bubbling stream.

If you want to go hiking, you will have access to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This trail travels through dense forests and moves over ridges with amazing views. You will also have the ability to reach some wonderful places to fish. There is nothing quite like fishing a mountain stream in Chattahoochee National Forest.

A perfect trip is the famous Russell-Brasstown Waterfall Tour where you can get the full tour of all the best spots in the area. This is the greatest time of year for this tour, too. The mild temperatures make for cool hiking and sightseeing. You can take in the sights, hike, fish or do whatever else your heart desires.

Brasstown Bald is another must-see. This is the tallest mountain in Georgia. Getting to the top will provide you with some incredible 360-degree views from 4,784 feet above sea level. The road is very winding and steep, so be sure to get weather reports and more road information before driving your RV motorhome up there.

Into the wilderness you go and you will soon discover the Chattahoochee River’s Headwaters with the forests surrounding and the wildlife peeking around every corner. Perhaps you will see some deer, turkey and quail. There is so much territory to explore. And all of it is accessible from the byway. Just pull over, get out and the world is at your feet!

Nearby is Unicoi State Park. You will find campsites for an RV here too, and best of all tons of outdoor recreation. You can rent a boat for a paddle on the lake, take a mountain bike along the trails, swim or even play tennis. It is all here for you!

It is great fun visiting Anna Ruby Falls, a beautiful scenic area where two creeks meet. Each creek forms one of the twin waterfalls and falls over the rocks into Smith Creek. Grab your camera to get a shot to take home. You’ll want to share these sights with friends who couldn’t be there. The picnic areas make a wonderful respite from traveling around. Bring some food and spread out a feast. Check out the visitor center too!

Be sure to stop at Raven Cliff Falls and Wilderness Area so you can take in another fantastic waterfall and have more opportunity to see nature at its finest. Raven Cliff Falls tumbles 100 feet in a series of three lovely waterfalls. Again, a time to have your camera at the ready! There are other waterfalls around too.

Another state park which offers some natural beauty is Vogel State Park. Spring is the perfect time to hike the trails with wildflowers blooming all along the way. RV camping is available here and you may just want to stay awhile. Swimming and fishing are great here. You have over 200 acres you can explore.

Yes, you will be really happy you brought an RV on this trip so you can relax in a homey environment in between adventures. You can sit with the rest of the family over a cool drink or a hot cup of coffee and relive your day’s journeys and discoveries. You will get a good night’s sleep and be right there, ready to go the next morning and see what else Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway has to offer.

Picture credits: The picture of the Anna Ruby Falls is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is in the public domain.

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An RV Trip to Okefenokee Swamp for a Unique Adventure

Picture of the Okefenokee SwampVisiting the Okefenokee Swamp is truly a unique adventure. The landscapes are in a constant fluctuation, with marshes, lakes and islands taking on a special beauty. Travelling there in an RV motorhome makes it all the better, as you will have a perfect place to retire at the end of the day to tell the tales of the day’s adventures. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is in southern Georgia and extends into northern Florida. This area has forests and wetlands that give you all the space to explore you could imagine.

Once you arrive, you’ll want a home base from which to operate. The Okefenokee Pastimes Campground is a great place to stay in your RV motorhome while visiting Okefenokee Swamp. Located at the Okefenokee’s East Entrance, this campground has free WiFi, nature trails to explore and even a pond for fishing. You will find water, 30 amp electrical service, sewer hookup and dump station. Then after you are settled, you can decide what form your exploration will take. You can enjoy guided tours on boats through canals, forests and prairies. Or you can do your own self-guided tour and use the convenient observation towers and boardwalks to experience the park.

Wildlife in the Okefenokee Swamp will hold you enthralled. February will offer a wide variety of birds such as wild turkeys, red-tailed hawks and ospreys. In March you will see alligators sunning on the banks of the riverways, sandhill cranes dipping for fish and ducks who stayed for the winter.

Hiking in Okefenokee Swamp offers treks through amazing habitats and you’ll have a special view of the areas so popular here. The Phernetton Trail is a short hike on a loop trail and the Longleaf Pine Interpretive Trail is a bit longer, at four miles, which takes you through the upland forests. If you love birds, you’ll want to hike the very short loop trail, Upland Discovery Trail, where you can observe the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. There is a whole colony here.

Visit Chesser Island to see the Chesser Island Homestead. This is where a family settled in the late 1800s and made a living from the land by fishing, growing crops and trapping animals. The forests here held a wide variety of wildlife, and still do. You can see the Chesser home looking as it did when they lived in it and raised their family. The last family members left in 1958 and the maintenance of the property makes it a place where others can see what life was like in the swamp.

You can actually hike to the island on Ridley Island Trail from Swamp Island Drive. Once on the island you can enjoy a short loop trail, the Chesser Island Homestead Trail, which will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the area and how it must have been to live here. Don’t miss the other trail nearby called Deer Stand Trail.

Driving through the swamp is possibly the best way to see everything. You should take the full Swamp Island Drive before you leave Okefenokee Swamp. There are a number of stops along the way where you can view wildlife, hike or get some history of the region. What a great trip this has been!

Picture credits: The picture of the Okefenokee Swamp is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Trip down the Georgia Coast from Blackbeard Island to St. Marys

The second leg of a trip down the Georgia coast is an extension of the good times you had coming from Savannah, Georgia to Blackbeard Island (see An RV Trip down the Georgia Coast from Savannah to Blackbeard Island for the first leg of this trip). Of course, it will be just as much fun if you start out at this national wildlife reserve. Whatever your point of origin, moving down the coastline of this marvelous state is wonderful for a winter vacation.

Of course, you must stay a while at the Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Reserve. There is no choice but to enjoy nature here. It is suspected that the name came about due to rumors that the famous pirate had buried treasure here on the coast. Nothing has ever been found, however. The wildlife is abundant and you may catch sight of a loggerhead sea turtle, deer or even an alligator or two.

Heading south, you will come to a small barrier island called Sapelo Island. Enjoy the visitor center on the mainland first to learn all about the island’s history, then take a ferry ride over to the island. Stop at Reynolds Mansion and visit the restored lighthouse, originally built in 1820. After you are finished your visit, back on the mainland you’ll head south once again and make your way to Wolf Island National Wildlife Reserve. This started out as a migratory bird sanctuary in 1930, and now is a designated National Wilderness Area. Marinas in Darien, Georgia offer transportation to the saltwater areas of the refuge.

Next you’ll come to the Golden Isles, a wonderland of Georgia coast fun. Little St. Simons Island is fun to explore by grabbing a map and going off on your own. Stroll the surf line, pick up shells and just breathe in that fresh salt air. Hiking and biking is great on this island, and if the weather is nice, you may be able to hire a canoe for a short tour. Then on to St. Simons Island for more fishing, a look at the St. Simons Lighthouse and Maritime Center at the historic Coast Guard Station.

On to Brunswick, Georgia! Watch the shrimp boats put out to sea. This stunning city will inspire you with its Victorian-style homes and old oak and magnolia trees lining the streets. The local Farmer’s Market will provide you with delicious fruits and vegetables you can whip up into a fantastic meal right in your RV kitchen.

Of course, no visit to the Golden Isles would be complete without visiting Jekyll Island. If you love golf, you will find a place to play, and of course, everyone loves the Georgia beaches. There are lovely ones here. Then on to Cumberland Island National Seashore with its pristine forests, hiking trails and gorgeous undeveloped beaches. Another place you’ll want to see is the Crooked River State Park with its nature trail and nature center. There is RV camping here too!

Finally you have made it to St. Marys, Georgia, a picturesque spot on the Georgia coast. Stopping here is like entering a fairytale town. Once you are done seeing the fine museums, it might be time to head home. Georgia was happy to have you visit and hopes you return again soon!

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An RV Trip down the Georgia Coast from Savannah to Blackbeard Island

If you have never considered an RV trip down Georgia’s Coast (PDF), start considering! Here is a unique stretch of coastline with 100 miles of sights and sounds of the South and marvelous Southern delicacies. There is so much to see and do, you can break the trip into sections. The entire trip takes you from Savannah to St. Marys, Georgia but you can stop on this leg at Blackbeard Island.

Starting in historic Savannah, Georgia, be sure to have your camera to hand, as you will want to take photos of the oaks draped with Spanish moss, the fine Southern mansions and other lovely views. Browse art galleries, eat out in a fancy restaurant and be sure to head over to Broughton Street for some shopping and events like the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations coming up.

RV camping can be found on Tybee Island at the River’s End Campground and RV Park. Here you’ll find the perfect base for your vacation operations! Many sites have full hookups and you will be able to get free cable. Sandy beaches are steps away, and fishing is great here.

While on Tybee Island you will love the explorations, outdoor activities and plenty of good food. When you don’t want to cook in your RV kitchen, you will discover amazing Southern cooking right on the island. The “catch-of-the-day” is always a good choice for some fresh seafood. Get over to one of the fishing piers and perhaps charter a deep sea fishing expedition. You can also fish from the shore. Fit in some relaxing beach combing.

You will be heading south so when you come to Fort McAllister you should stop and enjoy this historic site. (You will also find RV camping here, so can stay awhile if you prefer.) The earthwork fortification is something to see, with cannons, barracks, and a fascinating Civil War museum. If you have a boat with you, launch it at the boat ramp into the Ogeechee River. Walk the nature trail and stretch those legs.

At the Fort Morris State Historic Site you will see where Col. John McIntosh stood up to the British in 1778 and made them retreat. Unfortunately, the British returned with more men and Fort Morris finally fell. Sunbury and its harbor were once again protected by this fort in the War of 1812. As you stand on the remains, you can get the feeling that you were there and were a part of history. This area is wonderful for birding and you will discover great egrets, downy woodpeckers and many more species.

Further south still is the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge with over 2700 acres of grassland, saltwater marsh and woodlands. There are miles of paved roads that take you to diverse settings. As you move on, you will finally come to Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Reserve, a place of marshes, dunes, oaks and maritime forests and beaches. This leg of your journey may be done, but there is more to come of the beautiful Georgia coast.

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Traveling to Atlanta Georgia for an RV Adventure

Picture of Midtown Atlanta at Dusk

Midtown Atlanta at Dusk

Taking an RV trip to Atlanta, Georgia offers some wonderful attractions, sports and many adventures that will please the entire family. The weather right now is perfect, with cool days and chilly nights where you can bundle up in your blankets and get a refreshing night’s sleep in a comfortable RV motorhome. RV camping is easy to find around Atlanta, with Atlanta South RV Resort being one great place to stay.

When you arrive, you will want to head right to the Georgia Aquarium so you can experience some of the amazing shows and view thousands of animals from around the world. The aquarium is right in downtown Atlanta and easy to find. The Dolphin Show is probably the most famous, but other exhibits will definitely catch your attention, such as those of the penguins, beluga whales and tropical fish. There are two theaters, and when you go to one of them, you will see an animated 4-D film that will take your breath away.

Animal lovers won’t want to miss Zoo Atlanta where you will visit with the birds, mammals and reptiles. Animal keeper talks form an interesting part of your visit. You will see incredible animal encounters which teach a lot about animal behavior. Then head over to the World of Coca Cola to explore the full tale of this most famous brand. Discover the bottling line as it puts out bottle after bottle of Coca-Cola. Of course, you get a free bottle to take with you! Stop by the fountain that offers over 100 beverages choices in one machine.

The Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour is where you should go to get behind the scenes of the Morning Express. You will also get a close-up view of CNN’s World Headquarters and their next-generation HD Studio. At the High Museum of Art you will enjoy the permanent and traveling exhibitions of classic and contemporary artworks.

When you are determined to have a unique experience in the Deep South, you will find it at Stone Mountain Park. Many features are set in a winter landscape, so you can have a taste of the places you left while still staying comfortable in the southern climate. The Polar Express 4_D Experience is one show you won’t want to miss while here. Events are ongoing all year through at Centennial Olympic Park, where you can ice skate during the holidays from 19 November to 27 January. You can check the dates you’ll be in Atlanta and schedule events here accordingly.

There is so much to see and do in Atlanta, you may want to extend your stay. For instance, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is a great place to get some American history and learn of the civil rights movement. The Atlanta History Center offers historic homes, museums and even lectures by award-winning authors. Two museums you will want to visit are the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and their displays of the world’s largest dinosaurs, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum where this amazing woman wrote “Gone with the Wind.”

Before you head home, go to the Georgia Dome and catch a game or an event. Then you can leave Atlanta and head back north, but you will retain many wonderful memories and experiences.

Picture credits: The picture of midtown Atlanta is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Sewanee Canal

By Tony Cappasso

Just off Route 1 near Waycross, Georgia, is the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. It covers nearly a half-million acres of untouched wilderness.

The Okefenokee has miles of hiking trails, opportunities to canoe or boat through the area’s waterways, and knowledgeable park rangers to guide you where you want to go and explain what you see when you get there.

Picture of the Sewanee CanalOn my Route 1 trip, I signed up for a 90-minute boat ride on the Sewanee Canal. This imposing waterway was built originally to float huge cypress trees that had been cut down by loggers out of the area for collection.

These trees, some of them a thousand years old or older, were fair game for loggers in the 1890s. The Okefenokee was declared a National Wildlife Refuge in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Logging there was outlawed. While the oldest trees are gone, many of those remaining are more than 250 years old.

The water of the canal is a deep brown color, the result of tannins that leak out of vegetation that has fallen into the water. Alligators swam lazily out of the boat’s path. Boats on the canal are limited to engines of 10 horsepower or less to minimize the chances of collisions with these creatures.

Most of the gators in the canal are juveniles, according to our guide, but we did see a few really large males floating almost totally submerged with only their snouts showing. In winter, river otters make the Okefenokee their home. During spring and summer, however, the alligators are at their most active. Then the otters choose another river to seek their fish.

About the Author
Tony Cappasso is the author of the e-book America’s Highway: A Journey of Discovery Along US Route 1. In it Tony recounts his journey from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. You can learn more about Tony on his website America’s Highway US Route 1, his Facebook page, or in this video.

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Enjoying Richmond Hill, Georgia by RV

We wrote recently about the RV camping adventures to be found along the southern Georgia coast, but there’s much to be celebrated up north on Georgia’s “colonial coast”, as well. RV travelers to Georgia will want to discover the small town charm of Richmond Hill, twenty miles south of Savannah along the Ogeechee River.

Why venture to Richmond Hill by RV? There are dozens of reasons this town has the makings of a great motorhome vacation, but let’s start with our top five. We think our readers will find it’s time to start planning an RV camping vacation to Richmond Hill.

  1. Richmond Hill’s History can be traced from its quiet, rural Georgia beginnings through the devastation of the Civil War and into a time of growth and prosperity thanks to beloved benefactors – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford. Historic buildings throughout the area give testimony to the powerful forces that shaped this Southern town.
  2. Fort McAllister Historic Park allows RVers the opportunity to learn how this fortification on the Ogeechee River played a crucial role in the Civil War. It isn’t hard to imagine while you’re there the mighty Union ironclads wreaking havoc against the South’s valiant blockade runners. Visitors can explore the well-preserved earthworks and Civil War Museum and take a stroll along the river. There’s also a tree-lined campground with memorable views from every campsite.
  3. Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, forty-five minutes from Richmond Hill on Ossabaw Sound, is an untouched paradise accessible only by boat. Book a boat tour while RV camping in Georgia’s Lowcountry, it’s a trip you won’t soon forget!
  4. Savannah , Richmond Hill’s famous neighbor to the north, is absolutely the cultural and historical center of Georgia’s Colonial Coast. The magnificent tree-lined squares, the marvelous architecture and the wonderful mix of cultures make Savannah a fascinating place to visit. Indulge in the cultural, culinary and historic delights of Savannah and then come back to the peace and quiet of Richmond Hill’s Savannah South KOA Campground.
  5. Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail makes two stops in and around Richmond Hill. The first is at Fort McAllister Historic Park, mentioned above, where bird-watching enthusiasts may spot shorebirds, songbirds and larger visitors such as osprey. The town’s J.F. Gregory Park, built around a three-hundred acre rice field, features a three mile walking trail, a birding station and lots of opportunities to discover winged wetland residents. Click here for more information on Georgia’s premier route for bird watchers.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend a few days RV camping in a quiet town with plenty to offer visitors? Georgia’s Richmond Hill is one such place.

Picture credits: The picture of Fort McAllister Historic Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

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