Undiscovered Travels in Ohio

Devil's Bathtub in Hocking Hills State Park

Devil’s Bathtub in Hocking Hills State Park

While exploring new-to-them spaces in the Buckeye State, many explorers prefer the comfort and convenience of RV camping. Park your motorhome at one of Ohio’s beautiful campsites and spend your vacation delving into the places you’ve longed to see. What you’ll discover is that this state calls travelers back time and again to learn new secrets in the great outdoors.

To help you plan your Ohio RV journey of discovery, here are some clues to where you’ll find the natural wonders not everyone stops to appreciate. Consider Tar Hollow State Park and State Forest, less than two hours south of Columbus. Some of the state’s longest hiking trails, through steep, rocky ravines and lush hardwood forests, can be found at Tar Hallow. Take advantage of shady RV campsites, and then lace up your serious hiking shoes and keep your eyes open. You’ll discover the quiet places where skinks and salamanders skitter across the forest floor and rocky streams bubble through simply spectacular vistas.

The Hocking Hills area of Southern Ohio is fantastically scenic, as well, and each RV camping trip you make there will reveal new surprises. Hocking Hills State Park is a popular destination in warm weather, but you won’t want to miss the sights that unfold along the park’s trails. Dramatic gorges, rocky cliffs and dense forests give the sense you’ve stepped back to an unspoiled time.

If the thought of tree-lined campgrounds near quiet mountain lakes makes you hop up and pack your camping gear, Ohio also has plenty to offer. One fine example is Lake Hope State Park, also in the hills of Southern Ohio. Water-loving campers will be pleased to know you can rent paddle-propelled watercraft at the boathouse. RVers who hope to fish while on vacation will find the shady coves of this small lake a nice day’s challenge, too.

Every time you go RV camping in Ohio’s outdoor spaces, you can peel back another layer of mystery and find the places that soothe your soul. Whether you’re hiking the shoreline of Lake Erie, catching the wind in your sails on Buckeye Lake or photographing grey fox in Wayne National Forest, Ohio outdoors is never the same twice.

Ready to plan your trip? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources website has information on finding a state park campground and reserving your spot.

Take the time to get to know what lies just beyond the tree line and just inside that next rock-strewn ravine in Ohio. Those undiscovered travels in Ohio are likely to become your treasured vacation memories.

Picture credits: The picture of the Devil’s Bathtub is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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Tour Some Texas State Parks for a Unique RV Vacation

The Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park

The Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park

Just south of the Dallas / Fort Worth area, you can enjoy a short tour of some Texas State Parks for an interesting and unique RV vacation. Outdoor recreation in abundance, plenty of wildlife and lots of sights you will see no place else – this is what this tour is going to offer you. There are numerous RV parks in the area.

If traveling south from Fort Worth, your first stop can be in Acton, Texas at the smallest state park in Texas, the Acton State Historic Site. This is the grave site of Davy Crockett’s second wife and two of her children. Then head south to Dinosaur Valley State Park. You may want to begin by making a home base at Tres Rios RV Park in Glen Rose. Here you will be close to these first few Texas destinations and have three lovely Texas rivers converging at the southern point of the RV park, providing fishing, boating, rafting and swimming.

At Dinosaur Valley State Park you can see dinosaur tracks, models of the huge monsters that ranged our planet millions of years ago and you can find some outdoor fun here too. Swim or fish in the river, picnic or go horseback riding. Additionally, you can download a smartphone app for the park and the Glen Rose area for free. This is how to get a real-time tour and learn of all the points of interest in the area.

Next stop will be the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, further south on your tour route. Stop at the admissions center, get some feed and start your journey into the wildlife arena. You will drive on a 9.5-mile scenic drive to experience the wildlife up close and personal. Watch the zebra, deer and antelope wandering their pastures and forests. Enjoy your own personal safari. Exotic and endangered species are in abundance.

Next head northeast to visit Cleburne State Park. If you brought your mountain bike, you will find more than five miles of trails that offer amazing scenery. The trails can be challenging, so beware! Cedar Lake is the perfect place to fish or boat. Ranger programs are available as well, where you will learn a lot about this region. Another favorite pastime here is birding. There is a long list of birds to view and identify.

Now south again to Lake Whitney State Park! Water sports here attract people from all over. Activities include boating, fishing, scuba diving and water skiing. Of course, the area also boasts hiking, picnicking, and lots of fascinating nature study opportunities. If you are here on the first Saturday in June, you can witness (or your kids can take part in) the annual youth fishing tournament. Wildlife you may see: foxes, deer, bobcats and coyotes.

The last stop will be to the west at Meridian State Park with more boating and swimming. Hike around Lake Meridian and see fossils in the rock outcroppings. Once done here, you may want to head home, but you should be sure not to miss the famous Six Flags over Texas, right up there between Fort Worth and Dallas in Arlington. All the rides, entertainment and events will be the perfect ending to a perfect RV vacation.

Picture credits: The picture of the Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Adventure to Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow Lake in Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow Lake in Beavers Bend State Park

Take an RV and travel to Broken Bow Lake and experience nature at its best! Beavers Bend State Park is a perfect place for a family vacation, with so much to do and see. Besides the outdoor recreation choices, you also have miniature golf, bumper boats, train rides and so much more. You will find RV campsites that offer plenty of amenities to make your stay wonderful.

Visit the gift shop to take home some souvenirs to friends and family who didn’t get to come. If you love golf, you must try the 18-hole Cedar Creek Golf Course. Enjoy a campfire program as you sit on the banks of the Mountain Fork River, take a nature hike – there is just no end to the fun! Lots of wildlife too, such as fox, deer and wild turkey.

Be sure not to miss the Forest Heritage Center Museum with fourteen dioramas that depict early life in the region. Marvel at the chainsaw carvings and the 100-year-old cabin. The antique forestry tools are very interesting and educational. There is also an exhibit honoring the wilderness firefighters who risk their lives every year fighting fires in Oklahoma. You will see an eight-foot sculpture of one man, Jim Burnett, who died in the line of duty and learn his story of bravery.

Near the entrance of the Forest Heritage Center is the Peter Toth Indian Sculpture by artist, Peter Toth. This Hungarian artist had the goal to create a sculpture in each of the U.S. states and has accomplished 75 monuments and exceeded his goal. He is well known for his series of sculptures to honor Native Americans. It is called the Trail of the Whispering Giants. Once done exploring the center, you can begin your hiking adventures. Hiking trails are abundant in the park, with many easy treks to make and a couple more challenging for experienced hikers.

Many visitors exclaim about the ability to view the wildlife here at the park, as well as the lovely scenery. With biking and hiking and the lake sparkling in the sun, Beavers Bend State Park is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air and get away from the day-to-day grind. You will find yourself relaxing as you take part in one of the eagle watches which you will find from November through February. The Lower Mountain Fork River is the perfect place for fishing with five miles of trout stream right within the park.

There is even more fun nearby. Check out Hochatown State Park right next to Beavers Bend. This was originally a part of the Beavers Bend and now is separate with additional recreational opportunities. You are right on the shore of the Broken Bow Lake and you’ll find campsites for RV motorhomes, playgrounds for the kids and lots more hiking trails. The McCurtain County Wilderness Area is another must-see, or we should say must-experience. This wildlife sanctuary holds within its lovely forested landscapes about 110 bird species which include the Pine Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Other spots you should put on your itinerary are Talimena Skyline Drive, Little River National Wildlife Refuge and exploring the Ouachita National Forest. This is one trip in Oklahoma that is hard to pass up when traveling on an RV vacation in the winter! Enjoy!

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Coastal RV Camping at St Joseph Peninsula State Park

What’s the weather like in your part of the world? If cooler winter temperatures are settling in, you might be dreaming of a day at the beach. We’ve got the perfect RV camping destination for you – St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, an enchanted little stretch of land near Panama City, Florida. This place has the makings of a perfect winter RV camping vacation.

Here’s why – the views are delightful, there are plenty of places to play and the beach is one of the most highly-rated in America. Need any more reason to book your RV rental and get going? Just in case you do, here are the details on why St. Joseph Peninsula State Park should be your next winter RV camping destination.

  • Kayaking and Canoeing are popular in the shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay, so bring your vessel and discover why paddlers flock to the Florida Panhandle.
  • RV Camping on St. Joseph Peninsula is easy, thanks to two campgrounds, both close to the beach with full facilities.
  • Snorkeling in St. Joseph Bay can provide hours of fascinating fun. Check the website above for the rules before you come, and then get ready to discover the peninsula’s watery playground.
  • Sugar Sand Beaches go on for miles, swooping into impressive dunes and welcoming you to come splash in the Bay. Plan plenty of time for strolling, swimming and relaxing on the beach!
  • Surf Fishing is allowed at the park with a Florida fishing license. Fishing for such salt water species as whiting, mullet and flounder is a favorite activity among St. Joseph Peninsula RV campers.
  • Three Hiking Trails lead through coastal scrub and hammock, past salt marshes and along St. Joseph Bay. You and your RV camping crew will soon understand why Florida has set aside this marvelous slice of nature for future generations. You’ll need a permit to hike the wilderness area, so plan ahead and bring your favorite hiking shoes. The impressive coastal beauty of this park will beg you to discover its trails.
  • Wildlife Viewing at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park will keep your camera clicking. Nesting sea turtles are protected on the peninsula, but if you keep your distance you can capture them on camera to take home. You’ll also discover a wide variety of shore birds and coastal creatures during your stay.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is waiting to bestow its beauty on your winter-weary eyes. There’s no nicer place to park an RV, no matter what time of year, and this year it might just become a treasured family memory.

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How to Enjoy RV Camping at Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Beach in the Morning

Edisto Beach in the Morning

We love finding those special places where our RV rental clients can relax in the beauty of nature. One such place is South Carolina’s Edisto Beach State Park. Whether you camp on the ocean or along a scenic salt marsh, an RV journey to Edisto Beach can be delightfully healing.

Traveling from the Intercoastal Waterway to South Carolina’s coast can be an awesome beginning to your trip. Edisto Beach Scenic Byway, otherwise known as SC-174, leads the way from the much-photographed Dawhoo (McKinley Washington, Jr) Bridge to Edisto Beach and the mysteries of the Lowcountry. This byway leads RV travelers past farms, marshes and plantations, with the scent of salt air becoming stronger by the minute. Treat yourself to the incomparable splendor of Edisto Beach Scenic Byway as the first stage of your South Carolina RV camping vacation.

Crossing the island, you’ll find Edisto Beach State Park on the island’s eastern shore, wrapped around the village of Edisto Beach. No crowded beachfront here; the entire island is dedicated to maintaining a peaceful, laid back atmosphere.

This oceanside state park greets visitors with an excellent interpretive center that educates about the island’s Native American history, the development of agriculture in the area and the efforts to preserve the unique environment of Edisto Island.

Camping at one of Edisto Beach State Park’s two campgrounds will make your visit even more enjoyable. The state park’s campsites are both affordable and convenient to plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round.

The warm summer months mean swimming in the waves and enjoying the crabbing for which the island is famous. Edisto’s mild winters allow RV campers to hike, bike and watch for a wonderful variety of wildlife along the interpretive trails. Venture beyond the boundaries of the state park and you’ll find Edisto Island Serpentarium in the village of Edisto Beach. Home to snakes and reptiles native to the island, it’s a fascinating way to spend an afternoon.

If you like surf fishing, Edisto Beach State Park is also an excellent playground. Edisto Island also offers excellent river fishing, especially along the north and south branches of the Edisto River. Charter a fishing guide while on the island; all you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure!

Speaking of outdoor adventures, we need to share one more tip; kayaking the waterways surrounding Edisto Beach State Park will challenge your talents and allow you to bring back some pretty exciting vacation memories.

In winter or summer, Edisto Beach State Park opens the door to a coastal RV adventure you’ll long remember. We encourage our RV camping friends to consider a trip soon to Edisto Island. Talk to our staff;  we’ve got the RV rental you’ll need to thoroughly enjoy your camping trip to the South Carolina coast.

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Five Reasons RV Campers Love Oak Mountain State Park

Central Alabama is a favorite destination among RV campers, with plenty of reason. The old growth pine forests and rocky hillsides just south of Birmingham inspire campers to park the RV and explore. One great place to do just that is Oak Mountain State Park. Here are just five of the reasons RV campers have come to treasure this Alabama outdoor playground.

  • Year-round RV camping tops the list of reasons why motorhome campers love Oak Mountain State Park. The mild winter temperatures annually draw thousands of RV camping enthusiasts to the large, pine-forested campground at this state park. Reserve improved campsites here and then make plans to enjoy your stay in any season.
  • Park your RV at the campground and then lace up those hiking boots; there’s a discovery waiting to inspire you on the trails. Although this park is just a short drive from the city, its nine thousand acres of forests, streams and lakes yield wonderful hiking opportunities. Fifty-plus miles of trails, from steep and rocky to smoothly sloping, allow hikers of every age to enjoy the pine forests, rocky ridges and scenic waterfalls within the state park’s boundaries.
  • RVers who are also avid mountain bikers will appreciate the Double Oak Trail, a twenty-mile-plus combination of double and single track challenges through diverse trail conditions. Bring your mountain biking gear and plan to take the challenge when you camp at Alabama’s Oak Mountain State Park. This trail and several others will furnish plenty of adrenaline-spiking action on your vacation.
  • The Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is another fascinating reason RVers enjoy a stay at Oak Mountain State Park. With more than a thousand sick and injured birds treated and released annually, there’s always something to learn when you visit the center. Come see why this privately operated animal rehab center is so important to the species who call the state park home.
  • And what’s a trip to Alabama without fishing? Two small lakes make up the Oak Mountain Fishing Center and promise lively competition with bream, bass and crappie. Bring or rent a john boat or fish from the bank; a day on the water will add fond vacation memories of Alabama.

These are just five of the ways Alabama RV campers can enjoy the attractions at Oak Mountain State Park. If you’re looking for back to nature fun, the tree-lined hills and stone-studded valleys of this central Alabama state park are sure to deliver.

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