This circuit will start in Jacksonville, FL as the most southern location on the Eastern Seaboard and will follow along the coast to Bangor, ME as the most northern location. Highlights include the Outer Banks, Washington, DC, Hersey, PA, the Atlantic Boardwalk, NYC, Cape Cod and Acadia National Park with many others along the way. A Coordinator has not yet claimed this circuit, so one is needed, and changes may be made once the Coordinator is in place. The number of participants will need to be limited due to the number of sites available at most of the stops that are Moose or Elk Lodges, I would suggest no more than 10 or 12. Please note that several Federal campgrounds are included, and they all now require reservations to be made through Recreation.gov. It is highly recommended that reservations be made as far in advance as possible to ensure a spot.
Arlene Teague; 828 443-0279 and co-host Jim Osterlund 316 519-4866
Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest(1790s) and best-preserved plantation site in Florida. Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail and walk the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Many hiking options such as the Timucuan Preserve and Talbot Island State Park. Drive to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo De San Marco Fort (built by the Spanish in the 1600s), the lighthouse, and the Fountain of Youth.
Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL
Take Exit 347 form I-95 N. Turn Right onto US-1 Alt N/Emerson St, go .2 mi turn Right onto Spring Park Rd, go .6 mi and arrive at Faith United Methodist Church. Parking here is by special arrangements; therefore no early arrivals are permitted. $20/night for FHU and $5/night for dry camping.
N30.28441, W81.62125 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take either a trolley tour or free walking tour of the historical downtown area. Eat lunch at the several restaurants in the downtown area such as Mrs. Wiley’s. Spend the day on the beach at Tybee Island and climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse. Tour Fort Pulaski National Monument and Bonaventure Cemetery. Kayaking and bike trails are also available.
Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd, Savannah, GA
From I-95 N, take Exit 94 and turn Right onto GA-204 toward Savannah, go 8.2mi turn left onto Largo Dr, go .5mi turn right onto Wilshire Blvd, go .6mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right.
N31.98386, W81.13718 – Click on link to see Google Map
Start with a trip to the Visitors Center for a movie on Charleston and pickup event brochures, then continue to the City Market. Take a tour of the Tea Planation and visit the Angel Oak tree, estimated to be 500 years old and stands 66 ft tall and 28 ft in circumference. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Battery District of Old Charleston, including Saint Michael’s Church (built 1752-1761), the Old Post Office (1896) and the seawall with a view of Fort Sumter at the mouth of the bay. Board the ferry at Patriots Point for a tour around the harbor on the way to the Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired starting the Civil War.
Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC
From I-95 N, take Exit 33 and keep Left follow signs for US-17N, go 56mi use the left 2 lanes to turn Left onto SC-7N/Sam Rittenberg Blvd, go 3.4mi, turn Right onto Gamecock Ave, turn Left onto Frontage Rd, arrive at Elks Lodge on the Right.
N32.82459, W79.98999 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take a stroll on the boardwalk and beach and have lunch at Duffy’s – where the house band for several years was Alabama. There is plenty of great shopping and activities at Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlets and the Malls. Visit the Huntington Beach State Park and the nearby Brookgreen Gardens, a unique combination of botanical gardens with outdoor sculptures and exhibits of wild animals. Dinner and dancing available at the American Legion. Take a boat tour or kayak the intercostal waterways or salt marsh.
Moose Lodge, 479 Burcale Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC
From US-17N/US 17 Bypass, use the right 2 lanes to take the Exit to Harrelson Blvd, keep Left at the fork, follow signs for George Bishop Pkwy, use the left 2 lanes to turn Left onto Harrelson Blvd, go 1.2mi turn Left onto Clay Pond Rd, go .7mi, turn Right onto Burcale Rd, arriving at Moose Lodge on the Right.
N33.7219, W78.94485 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take a trolley ride through the downtown Historic District, then explore the river walk along the Cape Fear River and the Saturday Market and the vibrant shopping streets. Visit the battleship USS North Carolina, a huge floating relic of World War II. Take a tour of Bellamy Mansion, built in 1861, a most spectacular example of antebellum architecture, and Poplar Grove, one of the country’s oldest peanut plantations. A boat tour of Cape Fear River offers a view of the city. Visit Fort Fisher and the pier at Carolina Beach.
Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC
From US-17 N/US-17 BUS N/US-76 E, take the Exit to State Port, go .2mi and take slight Right onto S Front St, go .8mi continue straight onto Carolina Beach Rd, go 4.3mi and arrive at Moose Lodge on the Right.
N34.15726, W77.91154 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit New Bern where the British Governor Tryon lived in the 1770’s and where Pepsi Cola was invented in 1898. Drive to Beaufort walk and/or sail the Bogue Sound and visit the NC Maritime Museum. Tour Ft. Macon, one of many old forts along the Atlantic Ocean dating back to 1794. Explore the Cedar Point Tideland Trail in the NF and enjoy the beaches and restaurants on nearby islands.
Cedar Point Campground, 391 VFW Rd, Cedar Point, NC
From NC-24E that the Exit toward Camp Lejeune/Morehead City, go 21mi and turn Left onto Old NC-58N, go .8mi and turn Left onto VFW Rd, go .5mi and turn Left onto Croatan Forest Rd, go .7mi and turn Left to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, then slight Left to continue on Croatan Forest Rd, then turn Right to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, arrive at Cedar Point Campground. All campsites have electric with a fee of $20/night and a $7/day electrical surcharge. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
N34.69334, W77.08232 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Tour Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Celebrate our Elizabethan Heritage with visits to the Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park. Travel to the village of Rodanthe to visits the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, one of the most complete sites of all remaining life-saving stations in the US.
Oregon Inlet Campground, Nags Head, NC
From US-64 Bypass E, take slight Right onto S Virginia Dare Trail, go .1mi turn Right onto NC 12 S/Cape Hatteras National Park Rd, go 8mi, turn Left to arrive at Oregon Inlet Campground. $28/night for non-electric RV sites, $35/night for electric. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
N35.79909, W75.54477 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Chesapeake Arboretum, Big Woody’s-Great Bride, Clarke farms market, Whalers Wharf, Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Mariners Museum, USS Monitor Center, US Army Transportation Museum, and Victory Arch. Bike/walk the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.
Moose Lodge, 1400 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA
From US-158W, take Exit 2 and turn Left onto US-13/Military Hwy, go 2.8 mi turn right toward Canal Dr, go .9 mi turn right onto George Washington Hwy N, go .4 mi and arrive at the Moose Lodge on the left. Donations.
N36.79102, W76.33117 – Click on link to see Google Map
Assateague is a 37mile long barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia. The terrain is a mix of sand dunes, maritime forests and salt marshes. Two herds of wild horses inhabit the island. The horses are descended from late 17th century horses brought by colonists attempting to avoid livestock taxes. Activities are abundant on the island with crabbing and clamming and a long stretch of beach for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Tour the Island and Visitors Center, enjoy the quiet away from the city. Don’t pet the horses
Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD
From US-113N turn right onto Harrison Rd, go 2.6mi turn right onto MD-376E, go 2.8 mi turn right onto MD-611S, go 4.4 mi and turn right onto Campground Rd. $30/night for non-electric RV sites. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
38.237652, -75.138091 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour Washington DC Area, Baltimore Area, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ft McHenry National Monument, John Hopkins University, Annapolis State House, Annapolis National Cemetery, and the US Naval Academy.
Greenbelt National Park, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD
From I-95N/I-495N, take Exit 23 and turn left onto MD-201S/Kenilworth Ave. go .5mi and take Exit toward MD-193/Greenbelt Rd, arrive at destination on the right. $20/night; Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
38.995840, -76.895172 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take a rugged trek on the Appalachian Trail that runs just north of Harrisburg or find a tree-lined trail run through one of the nearby parks. Grab a paddle and spend the day kayaking or canoeing along the Susquehanna River or take a spin on the Capitol Area Bike trail that connects the city parks in Harrisburg. Tour the Capitol Complex, the Art Association and the Pennsylvania Museum in downtown Harrisburg. Drive to Hersey to explore the infamous town of chocolate and do some tasting.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA
From I-81N, take Exit 80 and turn left onto Bow Creek Rd, go .8mi and turn right onto Hollywood Blvd to arrive at Casino.
N40.39456, W76.66105 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Atlantic City, the Convention Center and the Boardwalk Hall to see the world’s largest pipe organ, Historical Society’s Roundhouse Museum, German Community, the Naval Air Museum. Tour the marsh on a pontoon boat.
Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
From I-76E, keep left at the fork to stay on Atlantic City Expy E, go 10mi and take Exit 7S toward Parkway S, keep left follow signs for Cape May, go 6.9mi take exit 30 toward N Laurel Dr, turn right onto New Rd, go .6mi turn right onto Atlantic 559/Mays Landing Rd, go 1.1mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the Left. Donations.
N39.31598, W74.63209 – Click on link to see Google Map
From Westwood take the train to NYC, Penn Station and take the Big Bus Tour to see all the sites the city has to offer. It will take a few days to get in all the sites, like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Times Square and so much more available. Visit Jersey City to see their 9/11 Memorial.
Elks Lodge, 523 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ 07675 (201) 666-1562
From the Garden State Parkway/I-95, take Exit 168 and turn right onto Washington Ave, go .6mi and turn left onto Pascack Rd, go .4mi and turn right onto Hillsdale Ave, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Kinderkamack Rd, go .3mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the left.
N40.99892, W74.03328 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Submarine Force Museum to see the historic ship Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Tour the Avery Point Lighthouse, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, and take a walk on the Poquonnock River Walkway. The Foxwoods Casino offered senior buffets twice a week, and the Mohegan Casino has beautiful architecture. The Gatehouse Tavern, an old historic gatehouse is also a treat not to be missed.
Elks Lodge, 700 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340, (860) 445-2163
From I-95N, take Exit 87 for CT-349 S/Clarence B Sharp Hwy, go 1.5mi continue straight onto Brandegee Ave., go 1.4mi and arrive at the Elks Lodge on the Left.
N41.3278, W72.05769 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Cape Cod and the National Seashore and maybe sight a whale, take a ride or walk on Cape Cod Canal Bike Path, Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, see Plymouth Rock and a reproduction of the Mayflower, Sandwich Glass Museum. Visit the Bristol Elks to watch the sunset over the bay. Bristol Elks has a boat docking facility, so it can be reached by land or by sea.
Elks Lodge, 2855 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA
From I-195E, take exit 22A for MA-25E toward Cape Cod, go 2.9 miles and take exit 2 toward US-6/MA-28/Wareham and turn right onto Maple Springs Rd, go .3 miles and continue straight onto MA-28 S, go .4mi and turn left onto Depot St, go 450 ft and turn left onto US-6 W, arrive at Elks Lodge on the left. Donations. Phone (508) 295-6000
N41.76163, W70.67523 – Click on link to see Google Map
Take a walking tour of the historic downtown area and the Waterfront Park. Bike the Clipper City Rail Trail that takes you over the Merrimack River. Visit Plum Island Beach and the lighthouse. Tour the Merrimack River Station of the Coast Guard, the birthplace of the Coast Guard.
Elks Lodge, 25 Low St, Newburyport, MA
From I-95N, take exit 56 for Scotland Rd toward Newbury, go 2.7mi continue straight onto Graf Road, do .5mi turn right onto Low St, arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations. This is a rather small parking lot for the Lodge, they do have one site with Electric hookups.
N42.80662, W70.88085 – Click on link to see Google Map
Crescent Beach, Rockland; Owls Head State Park (SP), Owls Head; Birch Point Beach SP, Port Clyde; Camden Hills SP, Camden (bird watching); numerous towns including Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Port Clyde; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, 16 Museum St, ; Maine Lighthouse Museum, Sail Power & Steam Museum, Project Puffin Visitor Center; Maine Maritime Museum; Penobscot Marine Museum; Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, Rockland Breakwater Light; Mount Battie hike, Camden; Monhegan Island ferry from Port Clyde, Puffin Nature Cruise from Port Clyde; kayaking.
Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St, Rockland, ME
From I-95N keep right to continue on I-295N following signs for S Portland/Downtown Portland, go 28mi use right 2 lanes for Exit 28 for US-1N, go 2.4mi and turn left onto US-1N/Mill St, go 8.5mi keep left to stay on US-1N, go 41mi and turn left onto Meadow Rd/Old Country Rd, go 3.1mi and turn right onto Rankin St, go .2mi turn right onto Soffayer Dr and arrive at the Elks Lodge. There are a few electric sites available. Donations.
N44.11295, W69.12693 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Acadia National Park, Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Downeast Scenic Railroad, Big Chicken Barn. Take a drive to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory which is the tallest bridge observatory in the world at 447 feet tall and tour Fort Knox which is full of history and great architecture.
Elks Lodge, 317 High St, Ellsworth, ME
From US-1N, turn right onto High St, go 1.5 miles to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.
N44.52588, W68.40117 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour both the Art Museum and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. Visit the Cole Land Transportation Museum, Paul Bunyan Statue, and the home of Steven King. Perhaps take in a show at the Penobscot Theatre Co. Take a walk or bike the Waterfront on the Penobscot River. Lots of great restaurants nearby.
Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Rd, Bangor, ME
From Oak St headed North, take the I-395W ramp to I-95/Bangor, go 5.2mi turn right onto Odlin Rd, go .7mi to arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. Donations.
N44.79550, W68.80615 – Click on link to see Google Map