Dover to Buxton Road Trip Guide


Dover, the capital city of Delaware needs no introduction to fun lovers and outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its popularity as the home to the NASCAR stock car races that take place at the Dover International Speedway annually. This event alone, which takes place over two weekends, plays host to more than 100,000 spectators. Besides, the sports event is just one of the many things the city is well-known for. Another very popular event in this city is the Firefly Music Festival.

As a recreation enthusiast, you’ll find that exploring this beautiful city offers lots of opportunities to have fun, relax, recharge, and bond with family and friends. If you wish to feast your eyes on beautiful edifices, there are plenty of attractions in the city that leave visitors feeling over the moon.

For additional adventure, an RV road trip from Dover all the way south to Buxton in North Carolina will take you from inland areas to shoreline areas where you’ll drive past lots of beaches and waterfront regions with plenty of opportunities to enjoy water-based recreation. The destination, Buxton, is yet another fantastic place to enjoy good vacation time, owing to activities such as fishing, sightseeing, hiking, amongst others.

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Point of Interest

Pocomoke State Forest

As you drive out of Dover, prepare to spend some time on the road before arriving at your first stop in Maryland – Pocomoke State Forest. This forest, which spans 28 square miles, lies between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City and offers just the perfect facilities and amenities to rest from your time on the road.

Not only are there two separate camping areas on either side of the Pocomoke River that passes through the park, but there is also a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed by young and old. Canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting are some of the more popular things to do here, so feel welcome to have your appropriate gear with you in your RV so that you can pursue your recreational interests here. Mountain bike trails are also available for riders to explore the forest areas.

You’ll definitely want to spend the night here within any of the campsites that accommodate RVs and offer electric hookups, as well as restrooms and showers.

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

Leaving Pocomoke State Forest, you’ll spend a good time on the road before you arrive at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, your next stop on the RV road trip. So, keep your eyes peeled for beautiful roadside attractions as you drive some popular cities such as Onley, Exmore, and Cape Charles.

As soon as you arrive here, you can set out to enjoy different outdoor activities, including fishing. As the Refuge is home to lots of fauna species, you’ll get your fill of watching different animals within their natural habitats. Besides, large game hunting opportunities are open to interested guests, particularly white-tailed deer. You should definitely come along with your camera and binoculars so you can capture every moment.

Kiptopeke State Park, located northwest of the Refuge, offers campsites equipped with electric hookups for RVs as well as other camping amenities to make your stay overnight comfortable.

Sandbridge Beach

As soon as you leave the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, the rest of your journey will be made on bridges and shoreline areas that will offer you absolutely fantastic views of the North Atlantic Ocean. So, it only makes sense that your next stop is Sandbridge Beach. You can rest assured that you won’t run out of ways to have fun here.

This beach is full of beautiful spots where you can sit and watch sunrise and sunset. Not only that, but there’s also no such thing as an offseason for fishing here, so you better come along with your fishing gear. Moreover, the view of the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the North Bay to the west is nothing short of mesmerizing.

After a day of fun at the beach, you can retire to Little Island Park or False Cape State Park for additional fun and overnight camping.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse

The perfect place to wrap up the trip that has taken you from a State Forest to a Wildlife Refuge and a beach area is this historic structure on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is a peculiar tourist attraction as it underwent three phases of construction and opening, one in 1847, another in 1859, and the current one in 1872.

The Lighthouse stands at 156 feet and consists of a modern Fresnel lens that flashes in a patterned way, giving signals to ships. When you arrive, you and your children can take advantage of the opportunities offered to guests to climb the 214 steps that lead to the top of the lighthouse. It’s advisable to get tickets before you arrive, have proper shoes, and carry enough water so you don’t get dehydrated when climbing. Your camera will definitely be handy too.

Cape Hatteras / Outer Banks KOA Resort is a good place to spend the night before you set out for Buxton.


It is very easy to be fooled by the serenity and small size of this city in Hatteras Island in North Carolina by thinking that there can’t be any fun activity for guests. Nothing could be further from the truth as Buxton is just the exact opposite. Ask surfers and they’ll tell you this city is the perfect place to explore the waters. Mini-golfing, horseback riding, live music, and fishing are some other activities that you can enjoy to the fullest here.

In addition, there are lots of places to visit here, chief among which is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Campgrounds are also available for overnight stay. Without a doubt, your time here will perfectly wrap up your adventure from Dover.

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