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Date Place Comment
January 21st, 2021 I-10 Westbound Rest Area, Monticello, FL

Easy overnight stop with several other overlanders. Road and semi noise wasn’t too loud.

January 20th, 2021 Walmart in Perry

This place is permanently closed.

January 20th, 2021 Cracker Barrel

About 15 minutes from Disney World so an easy overnight option after a full day in the park. Several other vans and RV stayed with no issues.

January 17th, 2021 Cracker Barrel

Ask, and Cracker Barrel will provide. We have stayed at so many CB parking lots in Florida and I will check-in to every single one of them. This one was particularly quiet and had several other overnight travelers. No issues at all.

January 16th, 2021 Cracker Barrel

Easy overnight stop in Pompano Beach. Several other obvious overlanders were here and no one seemed to have any issues. Best part is the roosters in the field who wake you in the morning.

January 10th, 2021 Big pine fishing lodge - campground

Stayed here for five nights in a waterfront rustic/dry site and paid a pretty penny (about $330). We travel almost every day so it was nice to have a home base for a few nights. There is no privacy between sites, but everyone we met was very nice. We particularly enjoyed the pool and nightly fires put on by the hosts. No beach of it’s own, but close enough to Key West, Bahia Honda, and Sombrero Beach. Potable water, dump station, garbage, showers, plus many more amenities. We had poor cell service on ATT and although the campground has WIFI we could never get it to work.

January 9th, 2021 John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Nice spot in the Keys. Most of the campgrounds are booked months in advance, but we were able to get this one three weeks before our arrival and it is cheaper than most other places. The campsites are pretty close together and it looks like a lot of people stay for the entire winter. Great spot if you have a kayak or SUP, but you can also rent them. Lots of amenities, including electric hookups, dump, potable water, shower, coin laundry, and a cafe on site. Spent about $30 which we thought was worth it. Intermittent cell service on ATT.

January 8th, 2021 cracker barrel

Sufficient overnight stop in WPB. Stayed the night with two huge rigs so plenty of space for any size. Some noise from the highway and hotels near by, but we felt safe and slept well.

January 5th, 2021 Flying J station

We spent three nights here with no problems. You can stay in the gas station parking lot instead of the actual truck area. Several vans and RV here multiple nights.

January 3rd, 2021 Cracker Barrel

Stayed here another two nights without issues. We've stayed at this location many times over the last year due to Space X continuously rescheduling their launches haha.

1/17 - Oh hey, Cracker Barrel. It’s me again. Thanks for being the real MVP.

January 2nd, 2021 Kathryn Hanna Campground

City run park and campground. Hiking trails, playground, and beach access. $33 per night (including taxes) which we thought was a bit steep considering the sites are crowded with limited privacy. Most sites come with electric, water, and sewer. Could be worth the money if you are in need of a dump, water, and shower. Good cell service on ATT.

January 1st, 2021 Flying J

Didn't see the Flying J, but we stayed at the Loves near this location and didn't have any issues.

December 31st, 2020 Walmart

Spent the night in the far back by the gas station on the Sam’s Club side. No issues.

December 28th, 2020 Murray Blvd-Ashley River Charleston SC

Stayed one night on Murray Blvd across from White Point Gardens and didn’t have any issues. While the location is great, beautiful view (we saw dolphins), and you can easily walk to downtown, I thought this spot was louder than any city, rest area, or truck stop we’ve slept at. We stayed on a Monday and there was many cars with loud music driving by, several groups of motorcycles at 2AM, and people skating boarding along the Battery at all hours of the night. Stay for the view, but bring your ear plugs.

December 26th, 2020 Honey Hill Recreation Area

This place appears to be a year round camping spot. Showed up on a Saturday in December and grabbed the last site (#2). We heard a lot of loud gun shots during the day and assume it is hunting season. If that bothers you I suggest staying elsewhere. We stayed for two nights and didn’t have any issues. No cell service on ATT. Free.

December 24th, 2020 Stumphole landing boat ramp

Very large, quiet parking lot next to a lake. No signs about overnight parking. We had no issues sleeping here in our Sprinter van. There are quite a few houses near by, so be descreet as possible to keep the spot available. No amenities, but good cell service on ATT.

December 22nd, 2020 Yellow Gap Site 13

We checked out all 14 established sites on this road. The majority are definitely meant for tent camping as there are designated pads for your gear, fire rings, and the parking spots are only big enough for cars. Site 13 accommodated our 170” sprinter just fine and it was near the creek (site 9 would be nice too). This would be a great spot in the summer due to the natural wading pool a few feet away. Several cars drove by during the two days we spent here, but otherwise very quiet. I would not recommend any big rigs down this road as it can get very narrow and bumpy (also too big to fit at sites and no where to turn around). Just an FYI, there is a gate blocking the road not far after site 14 so this is not a thru-road at this time. No amenities and minimal cell service on ATT. Free!

December 21st, 2020 Tanbar Ridge Overlook

Pull-out near Asheville and the BRP with a view of town and the valley. Pins further down this road were closed due to weather, but we were able to sleep here without being bothered. This spot was very busy with many cars stopping by throughout the night. No amenities. Two bars of service on ATT.

December 21st, 2020 Beautiful overlook

BRP currently closed 3.7 miles before this pin. Likely due to winter weather, but wanted to save anyone the trouble of driving up before checking the road reports.

December 19th, 2020 Rock Creek Campground

Established campground with 11 sites operated by NPS. A few sites along the river and hiking trails nearby. Dry camping only, but there is a pit toilet, garbage, and food canisters available. 25 ft max in all spots. No cell service on ATT. Must make reservation on recreation.gov as you cannot pay when you get there. $10 per night, $5 with senior interagency pass. They do not apply discount for regular America the Beautiful pass (even though guy on the phone said they do).

December 18th, 2020 Pilot Travel Center

Standard truck stop that will do in a pinch. Very busy with lots of trucks so expect some noise. We parked in the back lot along the lefthand side to leave room for the trucks. Didn't see any other travels here, but no one bothered us.

December 17th, 2020 confluence point of the Ohio and Mississippi river

Nice little spot with a stellar view. It is basically a large parking lot with no amenities, but good cell service on ATT. It is fun to watch the tug boats throughout the day. Not sure if it’s 100% legit to stay, but no “no overnight parking” signs anywhere.

December 16th, 2020 rest area on US 400

Dump is open and free. Currently no water at dump station, but might only be due to winter.

December 16th, 2020 Flying J Truck Stop

Just a normal truck stop. This one is particularly busy so we parked in the gas station parking lot with a few other rigs and no one bothered us. Regular truck stop and highway noise.

December 15th, 2020 Cabela's

Spent one night here in the RV spots right next to the dump. Pretty quiet and no one bothered us. I’d recommend showing up after the store closes because employees also park in these spots so it can be very obvious you are staying here.

December 14th, 2020 Gravel Turnout - Illinois River

We didn’t stay the night here, but definitely wished we did. It is a true winter wonderland right now and easily accessible in our 2WD sprinter. Good cell service on ATT.

December 14th, 2020 Parking Hard Rock Hotel and casino

Looooove a free dump! Fully functional in the dead of winter with portable water and trash too.

December 14th, 2020 Bluestem Lake

Weird place. Followed the GPS directions to what looked like a city park with picnic tables and grills, but not obvious camping spots. Drove past the oil rig and saw the sign saying it was $5 to camp, but still no camping spots. We called the number on the sign (918-287-4692) and it was disconnected. We ended up sleeping in the cul de sac by the first bathrooms and no one bothered us.

Update: Police officer came by around 9 AM and said you need to have a camping permit to stay here. He did not know how much it was, but you can get one by calling police dispatch at 918-287-4545. We went to the police station in town and paid the $5 fee.

December 13th, 2020 Walmart Super Store

Who doesn’t want to sleep at a Walmart parking lot in the birthplace of Walmart? We asked the cashier and she said it was fine to stay. Some loud noise for the semis and snow plows, but still a safe and easy place to spend the night.

December 12th, 2020 Gulpha Gorge NP Campground

Established campground run by the national park service. Not much privacy between sites, but in a wooded setting next to a creek. All sites appeared to have water, electric, and a dump. Flush toilets and garbage available, but no showers. Minimal cell service on ATT. Regular price is $30 per night, but we paid $15 with our America the Beautiful pass.


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