Finally to Florida — running from cold weather

A blast from the north was on it’s way south so we decided to get as far south as possible.  For us, that was driving from Charleston area to St. Augustine  — a whole five hour drive for us — one of our longer drives.  We wanted to stop for a few days on the Florida east coast but the cold weather caused us (well mostly me) to spend one night before heading further south.

We stopped at Faver-Dykes State Park south of St. Augustine.  State parks in Florida fill up during the winter and they have very few walk up sites so you have to be flexible.  Once we decided we were stopping for the night, I made several price and site check phone calls.  Faver-Dykes was only $19 for the night — definitely a price winner.  We arrived early enough to take a walk on their nature trail and up to their day use/boat launch area.  All the roads in the park are sand and pretty narrow and winding.  Big rigs might have trouble getting into the spots since they are short and very wooded.  They are all sand and secluded feeling with a lot of undergrowth left around each site.

After our one night stint, we headed to Sebring to stay at boyhood friend’s of Glenn’s on their property.  We didn’t know what to expect on what our ‘site’ would look like and boy were we impressed.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  The Rose family lives out in the country with 30 acres and the view is wonderful and our site is tucked under arching live oaks with orange groves across the street.  Many of the family members live on the property and have family game nights, bonfires, etc.  Super nice people and very accommodating.

Faver-Dykes Site

Faver-Dykes Site


Sebring Raceway – neat road course and home of the 12 hour Endurance Race each March

Miles of orange groves across the street

Miles of orange groves across the street


Our site in Sebring

Our site in Sebring


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2 Responses to Finally to Florida — running from cold weather

  1. Mark says:

    Wonderful place to visit. Was down there a few years back for the 4th of July watching fireworks over the fort. Definitely one of the advantages you have with your rig, getting into places. I wonder how early in the year a person would have to move into the area in order to get a spot for the winter without reservations – in a large rig? Or did you find the spots had been reserved the year before?

    • gconthemove says:

      Mark – it seems like Florida state and COE parks fill up fast in the winter and they only have a few ‘non reservable’ sites for walk-in’s. Not sure about the advance reservation policy in FL since each state is a little different ranging from 3 – 12 months. A good strategy if you don’t want to be locked into a reservation (you have to pay a fee to change it) is to pull in to park early around 2:00 if you only want to stay for 1 -2 nights. We are fortunate because we can even park in a tent site and don’t need 50 amp service.

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