A Tallahassee to Lexington road trip is a great way to see the South. You can stop and explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and several beautiful state parks, like Cumberland Trail State Park and Pine Mountain State Resort Park. You can find great places to escape into nature at Daniel Boone National Forest and several other attractions along the way. Rent an RV to make this adventure as there are outstanding campgrounds in cities where you will want to camp for a night or two.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
While you will be following Interstate 75 for most of your Tallahassee to Lexington road trip, you will want to get off at Knoxville, Tennessee, to take the short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in the park. Hike along the Alum Cave Trail or the Porters Creek Trail, and you will soon discover why this park is also an International Biosphere Reserve. The park is home to one of the only elk herds east of the Mississippi River. Over 24 species of salamanders live in the park, which is nicknamed "The Salamander Capital of the World." It is also estimated that there are over 1,600 bears that live in this park.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Alfred B. and Louise Maclay planted the first garden at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park near Tallahassee, Florida, in 1923. Stroll along the picturesque brick walkway and see the 100 azaleas and camellias that they and other gardeners have planted since then. The best azalea and camellia viewing occurs from January to April, but there are many other plants to see throughout the rest of the year. Stop at the reflection pool and enjoy breathing in the fresh air. Launch a canoe or kayak onto Lake Hall. This lake is also a fantastic place to go fishing. Special events occur almost every month at this park.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain is the largest state park in Georgia. Stop at Dowdell's Knob to see the statue of former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who used this area as his summer work location while in office. The area near the statue is an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic. Hikers looking for a challenge may want to hike along the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, which runs across heavily wooded hills. There are also many shorter options available. All of them make beautiful places for bird-watching. This park’s stable is a fantastic place to rent a horse to enjoy the park’s trails, but be sure to make a reservation. The Liberty Bell-shaped swimming pool is a delightful place to go swimming, but the park also has a swimming beach.
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park
Tennessee has plenty of state parks where you can stop and stretch your legs on your road trip! The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park is Tennessee’s first linear state park and runs through 11 counties. Visitors to this park can hike along the trail across high ridges and through deep gorges in the Cumberland Plateau. While the path will eventually be 330 miles long, hikers can currently explore any portion of the 185 miles of completed trail by starting at one of 40 trailheads. Black Mountain, Deep Creek, and Laurel Snow are some of the rock-climbing routes that are available to climbers. The Head of Sequatchie area, which is open only on weekends, is an excellent spot for a picnic. Note that this park is only open during daylight hours.
Big Ridge State Park
The variety of terrain at Big Ridge State Park near Maynardville, Tennessee, including dry ridges, lush hollows, and old roadbeds, makes this park a great place to go hiking. Tandem kayaks, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent to play on the 49-acre Big Ridge Lake. This lake’s sandy beach is a fantastic place for swimming. Anglers regularly catch bream and bass in the lake. Over 110 species of birds have been spotted at this park.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Pine Mountain State Resort Park became Kentucky’s first state park when it opened in 1924. The park’s three lakes, creek, and numerous wetland areas challenge players on the Wasioto Winds 18-hole golf course. This links-style course is a beautiful place to play, with golfers crossing six bridges with each round. There are also six hiking trails up to one mile long at this state park. Consider following the rhododendron-lined trail past rock formations to view Honeymoon Falls. End your day at this state park with a great meal in the park’s historic restaurant before venturing further on your Tallahassee to Lexington road trip.
The National Infantry Museum
The National Infantry Museum is a 190,000-square-foot facility on Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. The various galleries take you through the history of infantrymen, starting in 1893 and ending with the Global War on Terrorism. You will want to take the self-guided tour through the outside area after viewing the interior displays as it contains a replica of a World War II Company Street.
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is a 20-acre museum dedicated to the iconic soda. Watch shows in two different theaters exploring the history of Coke. Taste Coke-made products from around the world. See the vault where the secret formula is kept and watch how the beverage is bottled. Find out your aroma profile at the Scentdiscovery Display.
See America’s deepest and tallest underground waterfall by visiting Ruby Falls near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on your Tallahassee to Lexington RV road trip. This waterfall located deep inside Lookout Mountain was discovered by accident in 1928 by Leo Lambert. After touring the waterfall, climb the Lookout Mountain Tower and gaze out from the Blue Heron Lookout to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Then, stop at the Cavern Café for a snack. You can also pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.
Daniel Boone National Forest
If you love outdoor recreational pursuits, be sure to include Daniel Boone National Forest on your road trip from Tallahassee to Lexington. This forest covers more than 708,000 acres near Winchester, Kentucky. Hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and off-highway vehicle riders find miles of trails to explore. The Red River Gorge Geological Area, Natural Arch Scenic Area, Beaver Creek Wilderness, and Bee Rock are popular places to climb and rappel. Cave Run Lake, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, and many other spots are popular with anglers. Hunters can seasonally shoot deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, quail, woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, fox, raccoon, waterfowl, and elk.
John Pemberton is Columbus’ most famous resident because he invented Coca-Cola while trying to cure his morphine addiction. He called the beverage, which contained alcohol, "Pemberton’s French Wine Coca," and you can visit many attractions around the city dedicated to his life. Terrific campgrounds in Columbus are available, including Lake Pines Campground, where you can swim in the pool, Pine Mountain RV Resort, which is close to Callaway Gardens, and Blaton Creek Campground, where you can go fishing. RV dump stations in Columbus are available at Lakeside RV Park, Bluff Creek Campground, and Lake Pines RV Park & Campground.
Experts recognize Atlanta as the most heavily forested urban area in the United States. This city is the only one destroyed by an act of war in North America, with only 400 buildings surviving the Civil War attack led by General Sherman. Many terrific campgrounds in Atlanta, like Stone Mountain Park Campground and Allatoona Landing Marine Resort, offer family-friendly activities. Others, like Sweetwater Creek RV Reserve and Twin Lakes RV Park, offer a more solitary camping experience. You can find RV dump stations in Atlanta at Jones RV Park, Cabela’s, and Pilot Flying J Travel Center.
You will find many exciting things to include in your road trip itinerary from Tallahassee to Lexington in Chattanooga. You may want to play a round of miniature golf in Chattanooga as the game was first patented here, or you could take hang-gliding training at Lookout Mountain Flight Park and Training School. Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground, Sweetwater / I-75 / Exit 62 KOA, Chester Frost Park Campground, and other campgrounds in Chattanooga offer many activities to enjoy. RV dump stations in Chattanooga are available at Chester Frost Park and Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Tallahassee to Lexington, 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 Tallahassee or Lexington.