Start a weekend RV road trip in Mobile, Alabama, and travel 592 miles west to Victoria,Texas, to enjoy RV camping, events, and recreational activities. Your journey will start by travelling west from Mobile on Interstate 10 to Exit 267A, then taking Interstate 12 to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Interstate 10 to Houston, Texas, followed by Interstate 69 and Route 59 to Victoria, Texas. While staying in Mobile, you can camp at Chickasabogue Park, an 1100 acre county-run park, with a campground on the banks of Chickasaw Creek, where fishing and boating is available, or at the Meaher State Park where there are 1300 acres of wetlands and the Mobile Delta.
During your stay, visit Fort Conde, where you can take a tour of the historic fort’s rooms, cannons, and grounds, or check out the Richard Dar House, an 1860 home with beautiful preserved architecture that attracts visitors to the reputedly haunted museum, known for paranormal activity and incidents. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is also home to the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials in the city, and you can take a tour of the historic battleship which saw action in the Second World War, as well as view a submarine, fighter planes, and military equipment. Want to attend America's original Mardi Gras? Visitors in February can attend Mobile Mardi Gras and party away at this unique carnival.
As you travel west from Mobile on Interstate 10 along the gulf coast take a quick 30-minute detour south to Buccaneer State Park to enjoy the beachfront park. While visiting or staying at the park you can participate in water fun at Buccaneer Bay Waterpark which is located in the state park. This 4.5 acre waterpark has a wave pool, giant water slides, and a kiddie pool. Hike through the park which is loaded with moss-draped oaks, marshlands, and views of the Gulf of Mexico.
You can visit the Old Pirate House inhabited by the pirate Jean Lafitte in the 1700s. Several campgrounds at the park provide amazing coastal RV camping opportunities. Choose from the Jeanne Lafitte, Barataria Bay, Long John Silver, Pirates Cove, and Blackbeard camping loops where you will find 104 reservable campsites with full hookups, showers, and washrooms. Treasure Cove is the most popular reservable campground, with 45 premium sites, and is more secluded. Royal Cay has 57 premium sites in a quiet area of the park, and the first-come, first-serve Gulf View Campground has 70 primitive sites overlooking the water. Enjoy beachcombing, cycling, disc golf, hiking, and more at this great Gulf Coast park.
Traveling west through Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the fall? Try to coordinate your trip with a stop at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, held over an 11-day span, this state fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The 100-acre fairground has carnival rides, a trade fair, livestock exhibits, live entertainment, food vendors, and competitions with exciting prizes. Ticket pricing and scheduling information can be found at the Baton Rouge State Fair website.
The fairgrounds are easy to get to from Highway 10 or 12, by taking Highway 61 south. There is no overnight RV camping at the fairgrounds, however, there is a large open parking lot where you can park your RV on-site during the day, and camp at nearby RV parks and take a passenger vehicle or public transportation to the site. The weather in Baton Rouge can be hot even in the fall, so take light comfortable clothing for enjoying the fair and comfortable footwear.
As you continue west past Houston Texas on Interstate 10, stop for excellent overnight camping at the Stephen F. Austin State Park Campground just north of your intended route. You will find 78 campsites at the campground, 39 of which have full hookups, and 39 with electric hookups. Sites have picnic tables and fire pits, and pets are welcome provided they are kept on a leash. The campground is open all year round, and sites are reservable. It is recommended that you book your site early as this is a popular campground.
The nature trail at the park and the Ironwood hiking trail connect to the campground, and there are five miles of trails meandering through the cedar, elm, Osage orange, and cottonwood forests. Keep an eye out for local wildfire like bobcats and armadillos, and numerous bird species that make the park their home, or pass through during migration seasons. The campground is just a few minutes from the Brazos River and a golf course. Also in the vicinity, is the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site Museum which provides the history of early Texan settlers with well thought out exhibits.
Arriving in Victoria, Texas, find a camping spot at one of the numerous RV campgrounds in the region and the city has plenty to see and do. Visit the Texas Zoo, the world-class art at the Nave Museum, and discover local Texas history at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Stroll the Victoria Educational Gardens or explore the historic downtown area. From Victoria, it is just a short drive to the Texas coast where beaches abound. Sunbathe, play in the sand, wade, and swim in the water. Partake in watersports on the Gulf of Mexico, watercraft rentals are available from local marinas on the coast.