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Roadtrip with RVshare Tallahassee to Montgomery

To drive from Tallahassee, FL, to Montgomery, AL, via a direct route takes less than four hours, but taking a vacation that starts in Tallahassee and ends in Montgomery can involve extended visits to national and state parks created to preserve the nation's natural wonders. To complete such a journey, create a road trip itinerary from Tallahassee to Montgomery that includes a tour of Florida and an adventure to South Carolina and Tennessee before ending in Montgomery. You can look forward to seeing the entirety of the Florida coastline, the plains and rolling hills of six states — Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama — and the incredible Appalachian Mountains. You and your family will explore some of the finest cities, small communities, and historic sites in the South. 

Tallahassee to Montgomery Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip length: 3 hours 43 minutes
  • Mileage: 207 miles
  • Fun fact: Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederacy, and Tallahassee was the only state capital east of the Mississippi not captured by Union forces during the Civil War.

Nearby National Parks

Everglades National Park

Begin your road trip from Tallahassee to Montgomery by traveling south for 465 miles along the Gulf Coast of Florida through Tampa to the community of Everglades City, the Gulf-side doorway to Everglades National Park. The entrance at Everglades City is one of seven entrances to the park, featuring forests of bald cypress with their curved knees buried in brackish water. Visitors rent canoes and kayaks with guides to explore the exotic environment hidden within the depths of these forests. The swamps of the Everglades host a broad array of endangered animals, including the American alligator, the Florida panther, and manatees. You are not finished with the Everglades after visiting its western entrance, however. When you get back on the road, follow United States Highway 41 (US-41) eastward for 83 miles. This highway passes through the park from the west coast of Florida to Miami. Along this route, you get several more views of the Everglades and can visit other entrances to the park.

Biscayne National Park

Once in Miami, take a short detour south to see Biscayne National Park. This incredible preserve on Florida’s Atlantic coast saved 172,000 acres of land and pristine waters when several proposals were floated to develop the area by private concerns. Many of the features of this park are accessible only by boat, swimming, snorkeling, or SCUBA diving. Biscayne attracts thousands of visitors each year eager to partake of its wonders while enjoying its proximity to Miami. The fishing in the area is world-class, and the underwater adventures are amazing. 

Congaree National Park

Cutting north along the Atlantic coastline of Florida and through Georgia to South Carolina brings you to Congaree National Park. The park hosts some of the tallest trees on the East Coast in a 26,263-acre preserve that includes forests, the slow-moving Congaree River, and the swamp it creates. Located only a half-hour from Columbia, SC, the state’s capital, this park preserves several endangered species and migratory birds. Congaree National Park is a perfect example of how national parks maintain areas in the condition in which early explorers found them.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From the Congaree National Park, journey 223 miles northwest to Cherokee, NC, to enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This 500,000-acre park receives the most visitors of any national park in the country. The park is bisected by highways, making it accessible by RVs and other traffic, and the visual rewards are tremendous. Preserving a large section of the Blue Mountains, the park got its name from the perpetual fogs covering the land. Hikers and bikers enjoy hundreds of miles of trails, and anglers find lakes that aren't often accessed and are full of hungry fish. After visiting this park, it is an easy journey of 384 miles to reach Montgomery from the north.

Nearby State Parks

Skidaway Island State Park

One of the best state parks you will visit on this planned Tallahassee to Montgomery road trip is Skidaway Island State Park. Located outside Savannah, which is on your direct route from Biscayne National Park to Congaree National Park, this park provides an example of the balance achievable between nature and human development. The park preserves an island that proved unable to support agriculture. Here, Mother Nature reigns supreme with small estuaries and tidal pools supplying food for the flocks of migratory birds that use this island as a sanctuary to rest before continuing their flight north or south. Fishing along the shores is excellent, and boat ramps are available to launch craft onto the seawater. 

Kings Mountain State Park

Midway between and alongside the road from Congaree National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina. The park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It includes many buildings created by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. A living history farm, hiking trails, streams with excellent fishing, and natural pools that encourage a quick dip welcome visitors to an area of hillside and forest.

Wind Creek State Park 

Wind Creek State Park, located 50 miles north of Montgomery, is on the route from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Montgomery. Though the park covers only 1,445 acres, it sits on the shores of 44,000-acre Lake Martin. The park provides hiking trails and great fishing, and a boat ramp gives easy access to the lake. With trees rolling from horizon to horizon, this park offers a truly relaxing experience.

Along the Way

The Grove Museum

The Grove Museum is housed in the Call-Collins House, the finest example of antebellum architecture in Florida. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this house was constructed by enslaved people for the enjoyment of plantation owners and their families. The museum focuses on the troubled history of slavery in the South and the eventual of some of those who suffered under it.

Fort Caroline National Memorial

About midway through this road trip itinerary from Tallahassee to Montgomery is Jacksonville, FL, and the St. Johns River. At the river's mouth sits the Fort Caroline National Memorial commemorating the first French expedition into North America. In 1562, 300 colonists left France to establish a permanent settlement here. Though the effort did not bear fruit, it introduced a new European culture to the area.

The Civil Rights Memorial

Montgomery, AL, was the epicenter of much of the turmoil generated by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Built to commemorate the importance of the movement to present-day society, the memorial lists Civil Rights advocates martyred during this time of confrontation. The memorial consists of a circular black granite table with names inscribed on it. A steady flow of water skims across the face of the table from its center in a “righteous and mighty stream.”

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Tampa, Florida

About 275 miles into the first leg of this Tallahassee to Montgomery RV road trip, you get to Tampa, FL. Its location lets you stop and rest for a day or two before you move on to venture into the Everglades National Park. Here, you'll find excellent restaurants, unique shops, extensive beaches, and innumerable museums to visit. Make sure to visit one of the many dump stations available for your use. You will also find plenty of campgrounds to choose from for a brief stay.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah offers a picturesque stop along this 1,819-mile road trip from Tallahassee to Montgomery as one of the most celebrated cities in the nation. The architecture, laid-back atmosphere, and engaging friendliness found in the community are second to none in the nation. Take the time while you are here to visit one of the dump stations to clean your tanks before moving on to Congaree National Park, and rest up for the trip at one of the local campgrounds.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

About 230 miles before the end of this epic road trip from Tallahassee to Montgomery, you travel through Chattanooga, TN. This unique city deserves a visit before you complete your journey. Its restaurants, shops, museums, and Civil War points of interest add a sense of perspective to the trip. While you are in the area, take advantage of the numerous dump stations and campgrounds the region has to offer.

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When you follow this road trip itinerary from Tallahassee to Montgomery, 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 Montgomery.

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