Roadtrip with RVshare Jacksonville to Raleigh

Relax and enjoy the Southern scenery on your Jacksonville to Raleigh road trip. Stops in Savannah, Charleston, and Charlotte are perfect for soaking up the best of what the South has to offer in beautiful historic districts, famous museums, and exciting theme parks such as Carowinds. Continue your fun at Congaree, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks for sunshine-filled days spent hiking, camping, and exploring the mysteries of each unique location. On your travels, you'll also get to pan for gold at Reed Gold Mine and immerse yourself in Carolina Tar Heel territory in Downtown Chapel Hill. 

Jacksonville to Raleigh Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: 9 hours 15 minutes
  • Mileage: 611 miles
  • Fun Fact: The historic Reed Gold Mine was founded after Conrad Reed unearthed a 17-pound gold nugget in Little Meadow Creek. Reed was just 12 years old when he made the monumental discovery.

Nearby National Parks

Your road trip from Jacksonville to Raleigh features some spectacular national parks that are just a few hours from your route. 

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park has 22,000 biodiverse acres to explore and plenty of activities to enjoy. At this park, you can check out the Harry Hampton Visitor Center to watch an informational 18-minute film; then, spend the day hiking the Weston Lake Loop's low boardwalk for glimpses of the local fauna that includes bobcats and opossums. Kayaking or canoeing through the park's lush wetlands offers more opportunities to view turtles, otters, and gators in their natural habitats. The beauty of Congaree is excellent for photography, so be sure to capture as many beautiful shots as you can. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a majestic destination with over 800-miles of hiking trails, covering over 200,000 acres that's just three hours and 45 minutes east of Charlotte. Once you arrive, head to the Sugarlands Visitor Center to check out some nature exhibits and brush up on the history of the park. Natural wonders you'll want to visit include Roaring Fork, Little Pigeon River, Cades Cove, and Clingmans Dome, which is the tallest peak in the park. The area also features three mini-golf courses and is a major Ripley's Believe It or Not mecca with seven themed parks to enjoy. Consider camping out for at least two or three days to experience everything the Smokies have to offer. 

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is three hours and 35 minutes north of Raleigh in the lovely state of Virginia. Be prepared to strap on your hiking boots for treks above and below ground on trails that lead you through the Appalachian wilderness and into the mysterious caves at Grand Caverns and Skyline Caverns. You can check out spectacular, scenic vistas at the Hogback Overlook, Little Stony Man, and Old Rag Mountain, the most popular peak in the park. Throughout the Shenandoah Valley, you'll find an impressive array of tasty wineries that perfectly fuse the natural beauty of the park with delectable cuisine and relaxing wine tasting rooms. Some notable establishments to try are Veritas Vineyards and Winery, Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, and Gadino Cellars. 

Nearby State Parks

Enjoy a variety of amenities and outdoor activities at a few of America's prettiest state parks on your Jacksonville to Raleigh RV road trip. 

Skidaway Island State Park

At Skidaway Island State Park, you'll have the run of 588 wooded acres where you can kick back and bird watch, hike through scenic forests and snap a couple of pics in front of a 20-foot-tall replica of the Giant Ground Sloth. There are also fantastic picnic areas, trails for biking, kayaking waterways on the Skidway Narrows, and an observation tower. 

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesquicentennial State Park is a great place to unwind and enjoy a few invigorating activities. This park features a refreshing splash pad, 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a 30-acre lake that's excellent for fishing or paddling. RV sites include electric and water hookups, and there's a dog park on-site. 

Morrow Mountain State Park

Morrow Mountain State Park is nestled in the spectacular beauty of the Uwharries, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the U.S. At this park, you can enjoy everything from horseback riding and hiking to fishing and swimming on Lake Tillery.

Along the Way

Wormsloe Historic Site

The Wormsloe Historic Site is a magical and mysterious place where you can walk amongst the ruins of an 18th-century former plantation that's also the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Guided tours are available, or you can venture to the site on your own on a breezy 2.3-mile hike through a lovely wooded area. 

Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine holds the distinguished honor of being the site of the first documented gold find in America. Get in on the gold action by panning for gold of your own, and then check out the visitor center for gold mining and geology exhibits that feature a library highlighting the Reed family genealogy. 

Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Chapel Hill allows you to feel the North Carolina Tar Heel love at a bevy of shops featuring special memorabilia and plenty of sports gear. Stroll down Franklin Street, where you can sample the delicious local cuisine at a couple of popular eateries, like Heavenly Buffaloes and Elaine's on Franklin. In the mood for something with hops? Step on over to Gizmo Brew Works, a premier taproom with 50 savory on-tap beers and a list of fine hard ciders. They even allow your furry-four-legged friend! At Insomnia Cookies, you're encouraged to sink your teeth into chocolate chip cookie goodness with deliveries that get them to you warm and fresh until 3:00 a.m. 

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a Southern delight with city highlights such as the Savannah Historic District, where you can wander down cobblestone-paved streets lined with fantastic boutiques, incredible eateries, and relaxing bars. Get familiar with the city on a historic trolley tour; then, check out some supernatural sights at the Bonaventure Cemetery. Mobile ghost tours of the city are also available and have you cruising the haunted streets in a real hearse on Hearse Ghost Tours. You'll also want to explore River Street, Old Fort Jackson, the Mercer Williams House Museum - another haunted site - and City Market. 

Biltmore Gardens RV Park is closest to the historic district of Savannah and features roomy sites, a dog walking service, and an on-site antique store. Dump stations can be found nearby. 

Charleston, South Carolina

Add a fun stop in Charleston to your Jacksonville to Raleigh road trip itinerary to experience the essence of the South. Historic destinations await at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Patriot Points Naval and Military Museum, and Drayton Hall that feature guided tours and unforgettable exhibits. Grab a refreshing glass of lemonade, and wander over to Joe Riley Waterfront Park to strike a pose in front of the famous Pineapple Fountain. While you're in the area, walk down Rainbow Row for a self-guided tour of 13 historic and colorful Georgian houses. Don't forget to visit the Angel Oak Tree, King Street, The Battery, and the Historic Charleston City Market before you take off. 

Mount Pleasant/Charleston KOA Holiday is a Southern oasis that's located on the grounds of a real antebellum plantation. Some of the things that you'll enjoy here include free wagon rides to Oakland Plantation, bike rentals, a swimming pool, and a dump station

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is packed with ultra-cool and fun things to see and do. Begin your adventure at Carowinds, a thrilling theme park that features tons of hair-raising coasters such as Copperhead Strike, Afterburn, Fury 325, and the Carolina Cyclone, as well as a sweet water park. Stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the vintage race cars and high-tech exhibits and then wander over to the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to sample their impressive beer selections and scarf down a sauerkraut-smothered brat or Bavarian-style pretzel. More to explore here is the Billy Graham Library, the Mint Museum, and Freedom Park. 

Lake Myers RV & Camping Resorts offers fun amenities that include a mini-golf course, a swimming pool, and a game room. There's also a store, laundry facilities, and a dump station on the property. 

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