A Tampa to Atlanta road trip is one of the most exciting short road trips you can take. You'll pass through some of the most beautiful Southern towns and cities, and you'll be able to experience so much Southern history and culture. If you go outside of hurricane season, you'll encounter fair weather most of the time. Here's a great road trip itinerary from Tampa to Atlanta that you can use.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
Once you reach the Macon, Georgia, area, you can visit Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. It's a prehistoric Native American historical park. Here you can learn about the rich history of different Native American tribes that lived here. There are plenty of trails along with the Earth Lodge and the Greater and Lesser Temple mounds that you can visit. The best part about visiting Ocmulgee Mounds is that it's not far from the road trip route. It's only about 10 miles east, on the other side of Macon.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
Once you reach Atlanta, you'll find one of the most inspirational historical parks that you can visit in the country. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park offers plenty of activities, such as a tour of his birth home. You can also visit the King Center, where you can view his final resting place, and stop in at the International World Peace Rose Gardens, among other activities. The park is located in the heart of Atlanta, but there is a bus parking lot available that you can use to park your RV. Entry into the park is free.
Lake Griffin State Park
As you're passing through Wildwood, Florida, if you head about 25 miles west on Highway 44 to Highway 441, you'll reach Lake Griffin State Park. Their RV campsites include water and electricity, and some have sewer connections. They can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long. There is plenty to experience at the park, including boat tours, paddling, fishing, geoseeking, and more. Admission is $4-$5 per vehicle, and camping is $18 plus tax per night. You'll also pay a $6.70 reservation fee.
Silver Springs State Park
When you reach Ocala, Florida, head east on East Silver Springs Boulevard to get to Silver Springs State Park. It's a beautiful park with the mainspring being surrounded by gardens and historical structures. There are plenty of trails for biking as well as geoseeking, horseback riding, and hiking. Silver Springs State Park is known for the famous Glass Bottom Boat Tours. It's also a great place for bird-watching as it's part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Admission to the park is $5-$8. Camping is $24 per night plus tax and a $6.70 reservation fee.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is an incredibly unique area. Bison and wild horses roam free on the prairie, and you can see over 300 species of birds. It's located right outside of Gainesville, Florida, just a few miles from the route. The state park offers plenty of foot trails as well as opportunities for paddling, bicycling, hiking, geoseeking, and more. Admission is $4-$6, and camping is $18 per night plus tax and a $6.70 reservation fee.
Reed Bingham State Park
Once you cross into Georgia and reach a small city called Adel, head west on West Fourth Street to get to Reed Bingham State Park. It spans 1,613 acres and features a 375-acre lake. They offer birding, boating, biking, golfing, orienteering and more. You'll also see plenty of local wildlife. All Georgia state parks have the same fees; the fee is $5 for parking and $1 per person for admission.
Dames Ferry State Park
Once you reach Forsyth, Georgia, if you head east about 14 miles, you'll come across Dames Ferry State Park. It's one of Georgia's smaller parks, spanning only 60 acres. However, it's the only park near the crystal-clear, 3,600-acre Julianne Lake. Dames Ferry is great for a relaxing type of camping. They offer boating, fishing, swimming, and aquatic cycling. As with all other Georgia state parks, parking is $5, and admission is $1 per person.
Scream-a-Geddon/Treehoppers Arial Adventure
Both attractions are on the same lot, with Treehoppers being right behind Scream-a-Geddon. Scream-a-Geddon is a horror-based theme park with six scary attractions. Treehoppers is the largest zip-line attraction in central Florida. They're located in Dade City, Florida, only about a mile and a half from the road trip route. That means you could stop in for a quick thrill without going too far out of the way. They're both open daily.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Don Garlits is a name that is well-known in the world of drag racing. Dubbed “King of the Dragsters,” he has won the NHRA U.S. Nationals eight times. The museum, located on his property where he resides with his family, features almost 300 cars displayed in two buildings. It's open daily, and you can take pictures. It's close to the route, sitting only a couple of miles west of your drive.
South Georgia Motorsports Park
If you're a racing fan and you want to see some live racing, this would be a great place to visit. They have events with race cars as well as street cars. Most of their races happen on Friday and Saturday evenings, but occasionally, they have races on other weekdays. Best of all, their facility is located right on the road trip route, so you won't need to do any extra driving. You'll need to check their schedule and plan your Tampa to Atlanta RV road trip accordingly so that you can be there at the right time. There are also some great camping spots near Adel, so you could camp out for a day or two and conveniently catch the races.
On your way to Atlanta, you'll pass through Ocala, one of five "horse capitals of the world." The city's equine industry generates over $2.2 billion annually. While there aren't any specific dump stations, Ocala has great RV parks and is home to Silver Springs State Park, which was mentioned earlier. You can use their dump stations when you pay for camping. Other camping options include:
• Ocala RV Camp Resort
• Suburban Mobile Home & RV Park - seniors 55+
• The Springs RV Resort
• Silver Springs RV Park - seniors 55+
• Wandering Oaks RV Park
• Arrowhead Campsites & Mobile Homes
Gainesville is home to the University of Florida. It's a city that has about 47% of its land covered by trees. In Gainesville, you'll find a lot of natural and historical attractions. There are a few RV parks in the surrounding area. Here are the three closest parks to the city:
• Starke/Gainesville N.E. KOA
• Travelers Campground
• Dixieland RV Park
Valdosta would be a fun city to stop in during your road trip from Tampa to Atlanta. You can find the Wild Adventures Theme Park, which features plenty of roller coasters, over 500 animals, and a lot of other fun activities for the family. Valdosta also has lots of historical attractions. The best part is that there numerous RV parks in Valdosta for you to park at while you explore. Here are some of them:
• River Park RV Park
• Valdosta Oaks RV Park
• Cain's Creekside RV Park
• Eagle's Roost RV Resort
Macon is often referred to as the "Heart of Georgia" because it's located right in the center of the state. Macon is full of interesting attractions and entertainment across a wide spectrum of categories. Sports, theaters, museums, farmer and craft markets, camping, and festivals are all offered here. Luckily, there are also plenty of RV parks and dump stations in the city, so you can have a safe, comfortable place to park while you explore. Some of them include:
• Safe Haven RV
• Al Sihah Shrine RV Park
• L & D RV Park
• Robins RV Park
• Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area
• Fair Harbor RV Park & Campground
An RV road trip from Tampa to Atlanta gives you the opportunity to visit many sites and enjoy plenty of activities. Georgia and Florida are full of rich Southern history, and you'll learn so much about both states. Of course, this isn't limited to only RV owners. Even if you don't already own an RV, you could rent one from RVshare. There are plenty of rentals to choose from in both Tampa and Atlanta. Whichever method of RVing you choose, you're sure to have a great time!