My 2019 RV year has been a wild one to put it mildly. In addition to exploring all over Florida and Georgia, this year I lost my job, sold my home and ended up living “Semi-Fulltime” in my RV.
Thank goodness I had my rig, because I was able to live in it while I searched for my next gig. And that’s why this year’s breakdown of the top spots, will be a little different because during my search I returned to a lot of spots. Prior to this year, I had worked hard at never staying at the same park twice. This year there were a couple of places that I came back to and it was really interesting to do that.
However for THIS list, I’m only including new places I traveled to in 2019 and that I did a video for in 2019.
As the new year starts and the next season of, “The New RV Adventures of RVJedeye” kicks of on March 1, 2020, there will be some videos from the end of the 2019 RV season and plenty of new videos as I explore the Wisconsin area in 2020.
So, just to remind folks, how I do this and I’ve done it for three years now, I’m using a mixture of things to put my list together.
For example: overall beauty, cleanliness, friendliness at the park, price per night (including taxes), and if I would go there again. All of these items and more will factor into how I build out my, “Top RVJedeye Spots for 2019.”
So without further ado, let’s get it on!
6) “Stephen C. Foster State Park”
Location: Fargo, GA
Month Stopped: June, 201
Cost Per Night: $37.81 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmXQyX96l9Y&t=8s
Number 6 on the list…. “Stephen C. Foster State Park” in Fargo, GA.
RVing at Stephen C. Foster St. Park in Georgia hit the spot for sure! It’s a beautiful state park inside the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge about 2 and half East of Tallahassee.
One of the best kept secrets of RVing is, if you can do it in the middle of the week, it’s great because there are barely any folks in the parks. During my stay in early June, there was only one other camper at the park, so it felt like I had everything to myself.
5) “Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park”
Location: White Springs, FL
Month Stopped: June, 2019
Cost Per Night: $23.67 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3tqd2224qU
Number 5…. “Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park” in White Springs, Florida.
So I’m checking out the, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in Florida. White Springs Florida to be exact.
You may remember, awhile back I stopped, north of here at a park that sounds awfully familiar, “Stephen C Foster State Park,” in Georgia.
Both were named after the composer Stephen C. Foster and both are tied together because they are on the Swanee River and if you were thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if this is the same guy who composed, ‘Way Down Upon the Suwannee River,’” You’d be right!
4) “Reed Bingham State Park”
Location: Adel, GA
Month Stopped: March, 2019
Cost Per Night: $32.40 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvzZtGVRQi4&t=2s
Number 4 on the list this year is, “Reed Bingham State Park” in Adel, GA
The start of the RV season has dealt with all of the little headaches you have getting yourself ready to get o the road. It’s crazy, but all a part of the journey.
Now it’s finally time to get out there and do what I love so much and that’s exploring, checking out new locations and cooking on the road. So in this episode, here’s what you have to look forward to:
- A look at “Reed Bingham State Park”
- We’ll talk about what’s coming up on this season for RVJedeye and you!”
- And we’ll do it up right and cook up a Taco Salad on the Grill!
3) “Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park”
Location: Micanopy, FL
Month Stopped: July, 2019
Cost Per Night: $21.27 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgvicIrZ_eM&t=125s
Number 3 on the list this year is, “Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park” in Micanopy, Florida.
I love a great State Park when you can roll in and it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, just outside of Gainesville is just the place.
It’s a beautiful park with 50 RV/Camping sites. They’re all pretty easy to get in and out of. Cell service is good.
2) “Manatee Springs State Park”
Location: Chiefland, FL
Month Stopped: June, 2019
Cost Per Night: $23.47 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J50Z9l9_7sY&t=12s
The number 2 park on this list, could have easily been close to being number one because of the water. I spent so much time in the water and loved it!… “Manatee Springs State Park”
When you roll up onto a State Park and there is water you can hop in and enjoy, you can sign me up right away!
Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland Florida is one of those spots. Just about 2 1/2 hours outside of Tallahassee, this spot is a hidden gem.
1) “Topsail Hill Preserve State Park”
Location: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Month Stopped: April, 2019
Cost Per Night: $48.85 w/tax
Episode Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2bL7gDzbLA&t=119s
This was hard because I didn’t really get a chance to do much IN the water because of the current conditions when I was there. HOWEVER, I know what’s amazing and what’s good and THIS park is all of that and more! “Topsail Hill Preserve State Park” in Santa Rosa Beach Florida.
Good things come to those who wait… right? Well when I first got into RVing, everyone in Florida told me about this cool park in the Western part of the state called, “Topsail Hill Preserve.”
For years I tried to get a reservation and I just wasn’t able to line up the dates… that is until THIS year. I was finally able to carve out the right time to get a spot and after being there and seeing the park in general, I get why there is such a long wait to get in.
Happy 2019… Here’s to an even more amazing 2020!
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