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Roadtrip with RVshare Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park

While the road trip from Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park takes you slightly under 14 hours to complete, there are some amazing places along the way. Along the scenic stretch between Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park, you will be able to let loose at a theme park in Georgia or take a guided tour at a zoo before leaving Mississippi. The trip also includes several state parks where you can relax and enjoy some time hiking or exploring the area. At the end of this road trip itinerary from Jackson to Hot Springs National Park, you will be able to enjoy some healing springs and recuperate from the journey.

Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: 13 hours and 40 minutes
  • Mileage: 923 miles
  • Fun Fact: The St. John’s River, which cuts through Duval County, is one of the few rivers in the world that runs from south to north.

Nearby National Parks

Hot Springs National Park

Once you have reached your final destination at Hot Springs National Park, you can enjoy the beautiful thermal springs in the park. There are over 26 miles of hiking trails that show off scenic views of the mountainside. You can also learn a lot about Hot Spring National Park's unique culture, geology, and natural history. If you are planning on camping at Hot Springs National Park, you should visit the website in advance to book an RV site.

Nearby State Parks

Suwannee River State Park

Before leaving the state of Florida, stop in at Suwannee River State Park, and check out the remnants of a 19th-century steamship and two ghost towns. Look out over the river as you walk through the 12 miles of trails found in the park, or stop by Little Gem Spring. If you are a fisherman, you will love the great fishing opportunities at the state park. Boat rentals are also available at this location, so you can easily explore the river. Birding, hiking, and biking are a few other activities to enjoy. 

Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park sits on the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountain chain and is the oldest state park in Alabama. The 2,799-acre park is near the Talladega Super Speedway, the Talladega National Forest, and a wine-tasting trail. Spend time inside the park swimming at the beach, fishing in the lake, or hiking on the trails. Paddle boats are available for rent, and there are also biking paths that you can enjoy. Don’t forget to stop by the Walter Farr Native American Relic Museum to see some interesting artifacts, pottery, and more.

Tombigbee State Park

As you approach Mississippi on this Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park road trip, stop at Tombigbee State Park, and spend some time boating, fishing, or waterskiing. There is even a boat dock in the park to make accessing the water easier. There are several hiking trails that you can explore as well as places to mountain bike. There are basketball and volleyball courts that you can enjoy. If you like playing disc golf, you will be happy to hear that there are two courses that you can make use of in the park as well.

Lake Catherine State Park

Lake Catherine State Park, which is located on the shores of Lake Catherine, is a majestic state park that is filled with wildlife. You can see several rushing waterfalls as you hike through the trails, and the lake has plenty of great places to throw a line into the water to fish. Boat rentals can be made at the park, and there are playgrounds that the little ones will enjoy. Swimming in the lake is an option, and there is a swim beach with lifeguards. There are also guided hikes where a tour guide will tell you about aspects of the park like the wildflowers, the foliage, the birds, and the wildlife.

Along the Way

Wild Adventures  

Wild Adventures is less than two hours into your Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park road trip, and it is a theme park, a water park, and an animal park that brings you thrills and that allows you to spend time with the exotic animals that live there. It is a great stop for all ages, and on Saturday nights, there is also a concert series that you can enjoy in the amphitheater.

Georgia Museum of Agriculture

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture is where you can learn about Southern culture and agriculture through an immersive experience that allows you to step back into history. Take time to experience the historic village to learn what it was like more than 150 years ago in Georgia. There is also a museum where you can learn about agricultural commodities and an art gallery that highlights local artists. Visitors can check out a functional steam engine every Saturday at the museum as well.

McWane Science Center  

The McWane Science Center is a museum designed to spark the interest of children and adults through unique exhibits. Many of the exhibits offer a hands-on experience that kids will love. There is also an IMAX screen that has science shows that intensify the experience. Check showtimes before you arrive to know when the shows you are interested in seeing are playing. 

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is the first major city that you will pass through on this Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park RV road trip. While in the city, you can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, take a Civil Bikes Tour, or explore some of the great museums, such as the Wren’s Nest, the World of Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and more. 

To make the most of your time in the city, find an Atlanta campground where you can stay for a day or two. There are also several dump stations in the area where you can offload your wastewater before you continue on your trip.

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham was once a city fueled by the steel industry, but if you visit today, there is much more to see and to do in the area. There are several civil rights landmarks that played an important part in the pivotal moments of the struggles of the past. To learn more about the history that took place in Birmingham, you can visit sites such as the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. You can also visit interesting locations like the Southern Museum of Flight, the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, the Birmingham Zoo, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the McWane Science Center.

There are quite a few RV parks and campgrounds in the area that you can check out. There are also several dump stations nearby that visitors can use for little to no cost. This makes it easy to get rid of your black and gray water before moving to your next location on your itinerary.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock is a city on this road trip that has a lot of natural and cultural attractions to visit. If you are looking to explore the area, make an effort to check out locations such as the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, the William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State House Museum, and the Arkansas State Capitol. You can enjoy some music at Wildwood Park, look at the animals at the Little Rock Zoo, explore the Museum of Discovery, step back in time at the Old Mill, or hike through Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

There are plenty of Little Rock campgrounds that you can consider while you are visiting the area. Locations like Downtown Riverside RV Park, Burns Park RV Park and Campground, Little Rock North KOA Campground, and Cabot RV Park all offer free use of their dump stations to registered guests. 

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When you follow this road trip itinerary from Jacksonville to Hot Springs National Park, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Jacksonville or Hot Springs National Park.

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