Southeast Overlanding Community: Join our Journey October 5-6th
JEH Outdoors is making our in person debut at Overland Expo East in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in October! And we’re road tripping the Southeast along the way from Florida to Virginia.
We’ll have a booth stocked with JEH goodies and an exclusive discount for anyone who stops by our booth during the expo (more info to come soon!)
But even more exciting, we want to invite you — the JEH community — on a road trip.
We’ll be driving up from Southeast Florida, starting in Fort Lauderdale and stopping in a few destinations along the way to meet the JEH community.
Then, we’ll drive up the coast on the way to Arlington, Virginia where Overland Expo East will take place this year. We’ll be camping in North Carolina the night before heading to the Expo in the morning!
We would love for you to join us.
Check out our itinerary below! Plus, we’ve included some extra road trip stops for anyone heading to Overland Expo East who wants to get a feel for this beautiful part of the country.
Our Southeast Road Trip to Overland Expo Itinerary
Fort Lauderdale: Meet at 5:30am at the Lowes on 95 and oakland park
Leave at 6am to head North on 95
Jacksonville: We’ll be at the REI in Jacksonville at 10:30 and leaving at 11am. Come say hi to the JEH crew!
Linville Falls, North Carolina: We’ll be camping near Linville Falls in North Carolina, a beautiful spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Send us an email to get the exact location to meet up for camping. We’re psyched to meet some of the JEH community and share some smores around the fire!
Heading to Overland Expo: On the morning of the 6th, we’ll be on our way to Overland Expo.
Overland Expo EAST: Come say hi! Sign up for our newsletter to hear the news about where we’ll be and when. Visit our booth to get a discount on future purchases over $2,000 from JEH Outdoors’ website (that’s any rooftop tent!)
Best Southeast Road Trip Destinations
There are endless road trip itineraries for the Southeast, depending on whether you’re more interested in cities, food, culture, or the outdoors. If you’re into overlanding, you’re probably more interested in the outdoors than boutique shopping or the food and music scene (although who doesn’t love a good burger and a beer after a long day of adventure!).
Here are a few Southeast road trip stops to help you plan your next adventure! This diverse and beautiful area has something for everyone — beaches, waterfalls, mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and lots of small towns to visit.
Virginia and North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway
Know as “America’s Favorite Drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must do Southeast road trip, especially in the fall. Spanning 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this drive can be done in a day or two, but you’ll probably want to give yourself more time if you want to fully experience the area.
A few worthwhile stops include Linville falls, Mount Pisgah, Blowing Rock, Wildcat Rocks Overlook, Crabtree Falls, Mount Mitchell and many more! Check out the Blue Ridge Parkway website to plan your own trip. 8 National Park Service campsites and many privately owned campsites allow you to camp along the route.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Ruby Falls
Ruby Falls is the deepest and tallest underground waterfall that’s open to the public in the US. This is definitely a tourist destination, and if you’re not into crowds, it might not be your thing, but if you’re in Chattanooga its definitely worth checking out. There’s nowhere else you’ll be able to see anything quite like this! You do need to go with a guided tour and get tickets ahead of time.
If you’re looking for a Southeast roadtrip that is different from what you can find pretty much anywhere else in the United States, the Everglades are a must-see. Of course, Everglades National Park is a great option to explore this interesting wilderness landscape.
But you can also take the Loop Road through Big Cypress National Reserve to get a picture into life (wild and otherwise) in this southern part of the state. Alligators, birds, and other wildlife can be seen if you take a hike or even just from the Big Cypress visitor center
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Check out Jekyll Island on Georgia’s coast for some beachy touristy vibes. Pitch your rooftop tent at the campground and explore this barrier island’s ecosystem. Bike the trails along the island, walk the beaches, or check out any of the local festivals and events that take place throughout the year. Development is only allowed on less than half of the island, so there are acres and acres of forests, sand dunes, and beaches to explore.
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
For the Southeast overlander, there’s an awesome opportunity for local beach driving at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Take a ferry three miles off the coast of North Carolina to visit these beautiful beaches. Get your ORV Beach driving permit and head off into the dunes to find a remote campsite. Spend the evening stargazing — Cape Lookout is the first certified Dark Sky Park on the Eastern Atlantic coast.
Join us at Overland Expo, or enjoy your Southeast road trip!
Wherever you head on your Southeastern road trip, beautiful views and adventures await you. We would love for you to join us at Overland Expo, but if that’s not in the cards, one of these other Southeast road trip ideas will get you ready to hit the road and explore this special part of the country!
If you’re interested in joining our JEH Outdoors road trip to Overland Expo East, send us an email at email@example.com or sign up below.