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Old 12-27-2016, 02:25 PM   #1
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Creation Museum & Ark Encounter Trip from New Orleans

Hello, I am new to rving and making plans for my first long trip. I have owned a 2015 four winds class c for about a year now and am looking to make a road trip to take the wife and two young kids (ages 2&6) to the creation museum and ark encounter for our Mardi Gras Break. I will have a toad for transportation. The main thing that worries me about this trip is that many of the campgrounds look great in pictures but can be downright scary once your there. I don't want to end up in any sketchy campgrounds. I would love any tips or recommendations for this trip. Up to this point we have only done several weekend type trips.

Feb 25 - Leave New Orleans drive about 8 hours and stay at Raccoon Mountain in Tennessee. This looks like a nice place with activities for the kids.
Feb 26 - spend day around Campground and maybe Ruby Falls.
Feb 27 - Drive to Kentucky around creation museum/ark encounter. This is where I am having the most difficulty picking a location to stay. Most of the campgrounds have bad reviews or are closed this time of year. Whispering Hills in George town looks like the best bet for a safe clean place to stay. We will be here four four nights.
Feb 28 - visit Creation Museum
Mar 1 - visit Ark Encounter
Mar 2 - Free Day
Mar 3 - Drive Home. This would be a 12-13 hour drive. I may stop somewhere in Birmingham which would be about half way. I don't have to be home until the 5th.

Thanks for taking the time to read and any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 12-28-2016, 11:30 AM   #2
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Whispering Hills in Georgetown is a good campground to stay at. There is a narrow road going up to the campground that I would not want to meet another RV coming the other way. Even when we encounter car traffic when we are towing, we just stop to let them pass. There are a couple of Pilot truck stops on each side of the interstate but they are crazy busy.

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Sounds like a great trip. Just wonder about the weather that time of year, you might experience anything. Planning on going to see the Ark but want warmer weather.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:05 AM   #4
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Junior.... If you're a member of FMCA check out their small RV parking area on Round Bottom Rd in Cincinnatti. It's free to members for a couple of nights, then dirt cheap for a few nights after that. It's strictly parking, but well done: about 15 or so sites, paved and level, 30/50A, water, sewer at each site. Down side is no amenities or entertainment for kids, and may be a little hike to your destinations.
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:37 AM   #5
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If you had the time I would suggest considering the Natchez trace parkway, it is a 50 mph speed limit though with lots of stops, but a number of those have campgrounds of one type or another (state or federal).
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:11 AM   #6
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The end of February/March time frame in Ky and TN might be sketchy at best. There is a very strong possibility for snow and/or ice. As DannyA suggested, it would be a great trip, but in warmer weather when you don't have to worry about road conditions. There is a significant number of grades on 75 in TN and south KY, and it wouldn't be too fun in a MH and toad on snow or ice. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of the replies. I hadn't really gave too much thought to the weather till it was mentioned here. My church group hired a bus to take them up there at that time and i just though we would meet them there. Living in south Louisiana my entire life icy roads are not something i'm used to especially in an RV.

Now i will have to rethink this, certainly don't want to put my family in any sketchy situations. I was really looking forward to this trip, bummer.
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I'd hurry. The park owner had great expectations, but the crowds he anticipated..... Well let's just put it this way.

Those visiting have no trouble finding a place to park.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:36 PM   #9
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This is a good place for an overnight near Tuscaloosa, AL - https://sunsetrvparks.com/
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Rvparkreviews.com is a great tool before booking campgrounds. It has saved us many times. Saw great ratings somewhere but when you read what actual campers have to say it helps decide.
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Old 01-02-2017, 05:38 PM   #11
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Concur on weather warning. Also highly recommend the Natchez Trace.

Raccoon Mountain is a nice park. Great Civil War historical sites in Chattanooga and Chickamauga. Kids can learn a lot there.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:40 PM   #12
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Thank you to all for the replies and the information. I will have to postpone the trip for a later date with warmer weather. Might just try Disney campground. I'm glad I posted here beca8se it looks like I could have gotten into some trouble with the weather. Thanks again.
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check out Little farm on the river

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