Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is referred to as the “Nation's Summer Capital” and famous for its spectacular public beach and boardwalk on the Atlantic coast. The waterfront area at Rehoboth Beach is packed with hotels, tax-free shopping, and fine dining opportunities. The swim beach here has an on-duty lifeguard, and ocean sports, swimming, and boating are all popular pastimes at the lovely sandy beach. Enjoy paddleboarding, sailing, surfing, ferry rides, and cruises during the warmer months. The town of Rehoboth Beach also features historical buildings and live performance events. RVers can travel from this coastal location to Hebron, Kentucky, in a weekend, and enjoy camping, and interesting sightseeing location in just a few days.
To get to your Kentucky destination from Rehoboth Beach take Highway 1, 16 404, and 50 to Exit 21, then get on Interstate 97 north to Baltimore, Maryland, where you will take Interstate 695 through the city to Exit 16. From the exit in Baltimore take Interstate 70 west to Exit 1A and then Interstate 68 west to Exit 14 B. Proceed north and west on Highways 40, 199, and 43 to exit 36 B, where you will get on Interstate 70 west to Columbus, Ohio. From Columbus take Interstate 71, Interstate 275, and Route 237 across the state line to Hebron, Kentucky, a total distance from your starting point of 678 miles.
RV camping in Rehoboth beach is available at Cape May KOA which features a private lake and beach, dog park, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf cart rentals, and playgrounds. Alternately you can camp at the Cape Henlopen State Park Campground north of town. This campground is situated in a sandy-floored forest near the ocean, with oak and pine trees providing greenery and shade. There are 100 campsites here, most of which have water and electric hookups, and there is an RV dump station on-site as well as flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities.
Traveling west through Baltimore, Maryland, you will find great RV camping just southwest of the city at the Patapsco Valley State Park. This is one of the most beloved parks in Maryland, known for its attractive valley setting, with the Patapsco River running through it.
RV campers will find 26 sites accommodation RVs up to 40 feet in length, some sites have electric hookups. If you want a site with power, reservations are strongly recommended. Sites have level gravel pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Amenities at the campground include a showerhouse and restrooms, RV dump station, potable water, and firewood sales.
The state park in which the Hollofield Campground is situated has more than 16000 acres of natural wilderness and 20 miles of hiking trails. You can swim, fish, and boat in the Patapsco River. There are natural pools on the river which make perfect swimming areas, however, there are not necessarily lifeguards on duty, so ensure you keep children within arms reach, and choose a spot appropriate for your ability.
As you continue west though Columbus Ohio, take a quick detour north of the city to the Hayden Falls Park to view a beautiful 35-foot waterfall from the overlook here, which can be accessed from a boardwalk. The park is to the west of the Scioto River, on Hayden Run Road, west of the Griggs Reservoir Bridge. The boardwalk to the overlook is well maintained with some stairs and provides accessibility to the falls while protecting the unique wildlife and plants that thrive in the sheltered gorge habitat at the site.
The park has some picnic tables and is an ideal spot to stop for an outdoor meal. The parking lot at the park is not large, and may not have adequate space for larger RV units, but small units and vans can be accommodated. If you want to stay overnight in the Columbus area, or have a large RV unit you need to leave off-site, you can camp at the Alum Creek State Park Campground, just under 20 miles from Hayden Park. This campground has excellent RV camping facilities and amenities that are available all year long. There are 286 campsites with electric hookups, 24 of which have full hookups and accommodate large RV units up to 80 feet in length.
Stargazers will love the historic 19th century Cincinnati Observatory located east of Cincinnati. This site not only provides an opportunity to learn about and participate in astronomy, but also preserves this unique heritage site. The silver dome-capped observatory is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy”, as this was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere.
Housed here is one of the oldest working telescopes in the world. The main telescope is an 11 inch Merz and Mahler refractor dating back to 1845 and there is also a 1904, 16-inch telescope on site. The observatory is open Monday to Friday afternoons with tours available hourly. Sunday Historical tours are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month and provide information on the history of the observatory. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the observatory is open to the public for night sky discovery. The evening events include a 30-minute presentation by a local astronomer and a guided stargaze through the oldest telephone in the US! Observe the moon, planets, and stars on clear nights. If the weather is not cooperating, a historical tour will be provided. Reservations are required for evening sessions.
Finish up your short and sweet RV road trip in Hebron, Kentucky, just across the Ohio state line. Stroll around Hebron parks, visit historical sites, dine at unique restaurants, and peruse local shops and stores. Hebron is known as one of the best places to live in the state and there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities in the region. RV campers will find plenty of campgrounds and RV parks to the southwest of town, along the Ohio River, or can head south to Big Bone Lick State Park where a campground with 60 electric and water sites is situated. Amenities here include restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as a camp store. The campground is located near a swimming pool and mini-golf course, as well as hiking trails.