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Old 09-24-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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Going to Fort Wilderness, I-81s, I-77s, I-26 se to I-95

Hi we're going to FW the 1st week in November. Traveling from NY but don't want to deal with Washington or Baltimore. Has anyone gone this way? Travelers 3 days each way. Suggestions on campgrounds to stay overnight and any other helpful information would be appreciated.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:23 AM   #2
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Yes that is the route I would use. I traveled that same route recently returning to Florida from the north. I like to avoid the whole Washington/Baltimore/Richmond area if I can. 81 is a nice scenic drive
I don't know where you want to stop overnight or what your requirements are. We have bookmarked some nice campgrounds that are relatively cheap but good for an overnight stop along the way.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:57 AM   #3
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I forget where 77 meets 81 but I use Fort Chiswell near Wytheville Va for a overnight stop, clean nice long pull thrus and reasonable, farther north near Winchester is Candy Hill campgrounds also a good overnight stop. Have fun at the Fort.
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:01 AM   #4
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Mayberry Campground is a nice place to stay in Mt. Airy NC.
It is right after you come out of Virginia into North Carolina. I-26 a couple of miles off I-77. They also take Passport America.
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:31 PM   #5
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I travel that way all the time from cape cod , just know that there is a lot of construction delays along the route. we stay at Koa,s and there are lots along the route. When in florida stay at the flamingo resort just north of jacksonville Have a nice time at the Fort
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:06 PM   #6
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Same route I take from Philly to SC and later on down to West Palm Beach Florida. 81 is a nice ride and so is 77 and 26. 95 south from there is an easy ride. About 8 hours on 95 from 26 south to I4 on your way to Disney. Have fun.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:08 PM   #7
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I've done a similar route 5 times now from Ontario, Canada. The only difference is that I get on I-95 earlier (just past Washington) by taking I-66 to Hwy 17 to I-95 where I stop at Fredericksburg KOA, VA. The next day is an easy trip down I-95 to Point South KOA, SC. The final day to Fort Wilderness is an even shorter trip allowing us to settle in nicely.


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Once you get close to Melbourne, FL, be sure to watch for SR528 West, the SR 417 south and west to Disney. Both are toll roads but the best way to get to FW. We'll be there with our church group for our annual campout the first weekend in November. Get in on Thursday, leave Monday. We usually have a couple hundred folks there, in the 1700 and 1800 loops. Great time to be there! Safe travels.
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We depart Albany, NY about 5p. South on I-87 to 287, then back to NJTP, over Delaware bridge, onto I-95 and south from there. Go through the ft MC Henry or harbor tunnel and once your south of Richmond, it's clear sailing. Traveling at night allows one to get through that D.C. area with minimal traffic. My wife and I both drive and will overnight in any rest area north of the Fla border. About six hours of sleep, then it's I-95 to I-4 to Disney. Just make sure you're in DC about midnight and the rest is a snap.
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I-95 to I-4 in Daytona Beach will save you the tolls, but watch the time of day. There virtually is NOT a good time to drive I-4! Just me, but I pay the tolls to stay off of there unless I absolutely have to. Of course, I stay off I-95 all I can, too, due to the morons on the roadway and the number of accidents here in Florida on that stretch.
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