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Old 04-16-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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Florida to Ellicott City Md via Atlanta

We are about to leave SW Florida for NH. We know the northern part of the route well( above Maryland) but we are taking a new route north via I 75 Ocala area (Ross Prairie St Pk) , and Atlanta area, (High Falls St Pk), I75 to I 85 Kings Mt St Pk S.C. . Then off to Charlotte and I77 North to I81 (Staunton Va,) then to Patapsco Valley St Pk in Ellicott City ,Maryland. Does anyone have any feedback on that route?
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:23 AM   #2
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We live just 3 miles from that
Ellicott City State Park. Not a bad park. and i drove that route to Atlanta last year, though I was not towing. Not bad but 81 has alot of truck traffic, and it is hilly.
How are you planning to get to Ellicott city from 81?
I66 and then around DC, 95 to Baltimore then route 40? Depending on the time of day you hit these cities, that can be terrible. Or are you planning on cutting across around Charles Town WV to Ellicott city? That is hilly and some two lane country roads on that route, but you would avoid DC and that stretch of 95 between dc and Baltimore. You would still have to deal with the Baltimore beltway as I am thinking you are heading up 95 when you leave Patapsco.?? But if you leave late enough, the Baltimore beltway may not be to bad.
I would be tempted to stay on 81 into PA and hook up with 95 somewhere up north of MD. There is Greenbrier state park fairly close to 81 and easy to get to. It is just south of Hagerstown on I70. That way you avoid DC and Baltimore altogether.
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I would also suggest trying to miss the DC mess, I stay on 81 to 70 then drop down to 695, I do think it is longer but far less stress depending on time of day, good luck
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:48 AM   #4
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Route from Staunton Va to Ellicott City

We were planning on I81 to Va rt 7 ( Winchester Va) to US 340 to I 70 into Ellicott City
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We are about to leave SW Florida for NH. We know the northern part of the route well( above Maryland) but we are taking a new route north via I 75 Ocala area (Ross Prairie St Pk) , and Atlanta area, (High Falls St Pk), I75 to I 85 Kings Mt St Pk S.C. . Then off to Charlotte and I77 North to I81 (Staunton Va,) then to Patapsco Valley St Pk in Ellicott City ,Maryland. Does anyone have any feedback on that route?
It is about 200 miles further than taking I-95 out of Florida, plus you have to go through some of Atlanta, which I avoid like the plague.
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We were planning on I81 to Va rt 7 ( Winchester Va) to US 340 to I 70 into Ellicott City
That is the Charles town route I mentioned, they have built a bypass, so you don't go through that town now. Not a bad drive but does have some two lane roads and hilly around Harper's Ferry. Not sure if that is quicker than going on up to Hagerstown and getting on 70 there and coming into Ellicott city. I have done both and prefer the Hagerstown route as it is interstate the whole way and avoids the hilly roads of the Winchester route.
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We drive the route from Orlando through Atlanta to Nashville a few times a year, including just last month. Always do I-75 but traffic can be a real bear, regardless of time or day. At one point this trip, we want 18 miles in 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon and that was NOT in Atlanta! No accidents or construction, just traffic. As much as I hate I-95, I would have to say the other writer is right about it. Since you're coming from SW FLorida, my suggestion would be I-75 to Lake City, the I-10 to Jax and hit I-95 there.
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Huge construction project on I-75 south of Atlanta. It was just south bound but they are now beginning the north bound side. The only way I would attempt Atlanta is the wee hours of the night. I live just south of Atlanta and don't drive there towing or not. Courtesy is not allowed in Atlanta it's every man for himself.
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Patapsco Valley St Pk in Ellicott City ,Maryland

You can take I 95 to I 26 to Columbia SC to I 77 to I 81 to Hagerstown MD to I 70 to Baltimore to exit 87A to Patapsco Valley St Pk in Ellicott City ,Maryland.
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...I 81 to Hagerstown MD to I 70 to Baltimore to exit 87A to Patapsco Valley St Pk in Ellicott City ,Maryland.
This is the only part of the drive that I'm familiar with and is how I'd approach if I was coming from the west-side.

Time your drive coming out I-70 after 9:30 or 10:00am and try to be finished prior to 3pm.

Patapsco is just down the road from where I lived. I never camped there as they had very few sites for my 42' fifth wheel. And it's still a fairly urban area. I've hiked there, though.

What are you in town for? Do you want sight-seeing recommendations?
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