North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground

(16 Reviews)

801 Youth Center Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606

(919) 612-6767

919-612-6767

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GPS: 35.7964, -78.7177

North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground is located at 801 Youth Center Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27606 with a total of 350 campsites. Before your trip to North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground, check out website at http://www.ncstatefair.org/facilities/camping.htm or contact them through (919) 612-6767 to know their nightly rates and available discounts.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude)

35.7964, -78.7177

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude) 35.7964, -78.7177

Amenities

Hookups 50 Amp 30 Amp 20 Amp water sewer Full Hookups
Connectivity wifi
Site Amenities big rig
Facilities dump station trash water available
Pets pets

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Overview of North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground


Last Price Paid: $30

Reported by DustyNC on 05.21.2022

Longest RV Reported: 42 feet (Class A)

Reported by Cindy & Cristal F on 5.5.2022

Please note:

Campground closes for the N.C. State Fair in October.

Number of Sites:

350

Pad Type:

gravel

Elevation:

426 ft / 129 m

Max Stay:

14

Reviews of North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground

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  • Area Guides Avatar DustyNC
    Could and Should be so much Better!

    Reviewed 21/5/2022

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 29

    I stayed at the NC State Fairgrounds Campground this past December (2021), for a month while receiving treatment at the VA Hospital in Durham,NC. The campground normally limits stays to two weeks, which is nuts since most often, it is less than half-full. The price was $30 per night with no discounts for Military,Veterans,Disabled Ve...moreI stayed at the NC State Fairgrounds Campground this past December (2021), for a month while receiving treatment at the VA Hospital in Durham,NC. The campground normally limits stays to two weeks, which is nuts since most often, it is less than half-full. The price was $30 per night with no discounts for Military,Veterans,Disabled Vets, etc. And no discounted rates for weekly stays.The campground is basically a big parking lot, with no bath house, laundry, picnic tables, fire rings, playground equipment... nothing! They do have full hookups, including 50amp service, and Wi-Fi... well, they call it Wi-Fi. Sitting in the middle of the campground, I would get between 2.5-3.5Mb download speed, and that was spotting due to weak signal levels.Most of the sites are somewhat level, but are in desperate need of attention. The gravel is sparse, and the sites get quite muddy when it rains. Despite the posted signs, people drive way too fast, which stirs up a lot of dust. I was informed by more than one source that the State, and Fairgrounds management could care less what people think about the campgrounds. That the only reason it exists is to provide camping area for special events (horse shows,etc), and the annual State Fair traveling workers (carnies). Which is sad because it would not take much to make it better. The improvements would pay for themselves via increased patronage. Stands to reason that if it were a nicer camp ground, it would stay full year round, especially since there are so few campgrounds in the Raleigh metro area.

  • Area Guides Avatar Ann
    Nice, quiet location

    Reviewed 17/5/2022

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 5

    Site number: #14

    Visiting family. Perfect location. Adequate spacing between sites. We got one on the front left end so door/patio faced horse area. Next door neighbors never there. Only the 50 amp on the electric worked but, fortunately, we had an adapter. Great water pressure! The sites where the water didn't work, the faucets were wrapped in ca...moreVisiting family. Perfect location. Adequate spacing between sites. We got one on the front left end so door/patio faced horse area. Next door neighbors never there. Only the 50 amp on the electric worked but, fortunately, we had an adapter. Great water pressure! The sites where the water didn't work, the faucets were wrapped in caution tape which was nice. And the sewer is definitely a convenience! Quiet, friendly passer-byers. We were able to go to the huge flea market at the fairgrounds over the weekend. We also did some geocaching (Very plentiful in this area!) & hiking in William B. Umstead State Park - so beautiful! We highly recommend this secluded campground! We look forward to returning!

  • Area Guides Avatar cookie
    Safe and secure

    Reviewed 23/1/2022

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 14

    Site number: 16

    I came here to visit my grandson and needed a secure place with full hookups. This place is perfect. Very close to shopping and museums, guard on call 24/7, quiet, clean. Definitely bare bones as far as amenities but really great for a home base in Raleigh. Also perfect WIFI.

  • Area Guides Avatar Rand_S
    Center of everything in Raleigh

    Reviewed 30/5/2021

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 3

    Site number: 74

    This campground is a great place to stay if you are visiting Raleigh or the State Fair. We came on Memorial Day Saturday and there were still plenty of spots. Problem is that many have water spigots that don’t work so that is a challenge. We called the number and he told us to find a spot and that we could use the neighbor’s spigot....moreThis campground is a great place to stay if you are visiting Raleigh or the State Fair. We came on Memorial Day Saturday and there were still plenty of spots. Problem is that many have water spigots that don’t work so that is a challenge. We called the number and he told us to find a spot and that we could use the neighbor’s spigot. It is a good value for full hookups in the center of the city close to all the museums. The sites are grass and fairly level. Good antenna and cell service. They take credit cards. No children’s playground or pools but the fairgrounds are available to explore.

  • Area Guides Avatar Sally
    Good location no frills

    Reviewed 4/4/2021

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 7

    Site number: 72

    We stayed here a week to rest and take in a couple museums and it was perfect for that. Sites mostly level grassy and FHU. Many water lines still out of service so check yours before setting up. If no one in office when you arrive just pick a spot and set up and then call them to pay. Park really full but still quiet at night. Lots of ...moreWe stayed here a week to rest and take in a couple museums and it was perfect for that. Sites mostly level grassy and FHU. Many water lines still out of service so check yours before setting up. If no one in office when you arrive just pick a spot and set up and then call them to pay. Park really full but still quiet at night. Lots of places to walk nearby and only a few minutes to grocery, laundry and downtown. No bathrooms. Good WiFi and streaming.

  • Area Guides Avatar Liz & Jake
    Basic, Full-Hook-Up, Tightly Packed, Convenient Overnighting

    Reviewed 23/1/2021

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 38

    Site number: 97

    Come here for the convenience of location, full-hook-ups, first-come-first-parked, and relatively decent pricing - not to 'camp'. Pull in, pick a campsite, hook-up (15/30/50A, H2O, Sewer), and call the camp-host/security to pay up (if they don't greet you on the way in!)Since the Coronavirus Pandemic took hold of the U.S. in Ma...moreCome here for the convenience of location, full-hook-ups, first-come-first-parked, and relatively decent pricing - not to 'camp'. Pull in, pick a campsite, hook-up (15/30/50A, H2O, Sewer), and call the camp-host/security to pay up (if they don't greet you on the way in!)Since the Coronavirus Pandemic took hold of the U.S. in March 2020, this location has put a moratorium on their '14 day limit'. Currently, those in self-contained rigs are welcomed to stay for as long as they can pay. Sites are mostly level - especially towards the back of the camping area. However, many of the water hook-ups were broken when we pulled in - and ours broke while we were staying. The staff here is welcoming and amenable and suggested we run our hose to a neighboring site's water so we did not have to move. We snagged a site in the back row and found it to be pretty darned quiet - especially considering it's in a city. There were a few nights that featured a 'train party' - about 5 minutes of incessant horn blowing. Otherwise - pretty peaceful. Enjoyed running from the fairgrounds on sidewalks and a roadside 'trail' to Umstead State Park (~4miles away) and to the Art Museum's Sculpture Park (~1.5 miles away). A few horse shows were hosted while here during our stay, which provided great entertainment in the form of ponies frolicking around arenas a short walk from the rig. Verizon had blazing 5G speeds, but calls tended to drop or cut-out on Verizon. AT&T provided more stable data - but Verizon was definitely usable for 4G/LTE.

  • Area Guides Avatar RVWanderers
    Location, location, location!

    Reviewed 6/1/2021

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 4

    Site number: 11

    We have stayed at the NC State Fairgrounds on several occasions to take care of family business in Raleigh. You really can't beat the location! And full hookups! YES! But it is definitely a utilitarian campground. There are some semi-permanent sites and long-term campers who are working in the area. There are no bathhouses, no fi...moreWe have stayed at the NC State Fairgrounds on several occasions to take care of family business in Raleigh. You really can't beat the location! And full hookups! YES! But it is definitely a utilitarian campground. There are some semi-permanent sites and long-term campers who are working in the area. There are no bathhouses, no fire rings, and very little space. There is also a lot of coming and going at all times, so there is vehicle noise often; trains run nearby, as well. However, the power, water, and sewer work well and it is near everything. They also offer free Wi-Fi - if you'd like to use it, choose a site as close to the access point as possible. It is mediocre Wi-Fi - but free!

  • Area Guides Avatar Gustavfoto
    Great Spot

    Reviewed 8/9/2020

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 87

    Very simple and clean. Easy access. Great staff. Stayed for the night on our way to Charlotte.

  • Area Guides Avatar Donkey
    Pleasant and Convenient

    Reviewed 24/8/2019

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 25

    Stayed here to visit the Raleigh RV Show. The campground is a .8 mile walk to the show. Park was clean abs about 3/4 full. My site, #25, was level and considered of a gravel drive and well groomed grass. An empty trash barrel was located every 3 sites or so. Did not visit the restrooms. Park was quiet and felt safe.The rate was $3...moreStayed here to visit the Raleigh RV Show. The campground is a .8 mile walk to the show. Park was clean abs about 3/4 full. My site, #25, was level and considered of a gravel drive and well groomed grass. An empty trash barrel was located every 3 sites or so. Did not visit the restrooms. Park was quiet and felt safe.The rate was $30. No reservations accepted. Roll in, pick a site, call security. They come out and take your money and give you a receipt. Get this: checkout time is midnight the NEXT DAY.

  • Area Guides Avatar Sunny Junket
    Pleasant stay at the fairgrounds

    Reviewed 9/8/2019

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 47

    Site number: 78

    This is the most convenient full hook up spot in the area. We were here quite a while because we travel for work. They say 2 weeks max but if you are working in the area they are very nice about working with you on a longer stay. They don't take reservations. You drive in to your spot and then call them and let them know you're there...moreThis is the most convenient full hook up spot in the area. We were here quite a while because we travel for work. They say 2 weeks max but if you are working in the area they are very nice about working with you on a longer stay. They don't take reservations. You drive in to your spot and then call them and let them know you're there, the number is posted on the fences.This park is basically a big parking lot. It is gravel and grass with full hook ups but no other facilities. They drive through with a water truck regularly to keep the dust down.It was an interesting place to stay because people attending events at the fairgrounds stay there; during our stay there was a big dog show and a major bass tournament so it was fun seeing all those people. We also enjoyed some events at the fairgrounds: Indiafest, flea market, Easter Sunday services, etc.This location is also very close to beautiful walking areas at the art museum and the arboretum.

  • Area Guides Avatar AnnY
    Worth the price

    Reviewed 7/8/2019

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 39

    It’s worth the location alone being only minutes from I40. The sites are grass/gravel and fairly level. Well maintained with full hook ups. You’re close to your neighbors but not uncomfortably so. It’s pretty busy in early August, but there are plenty of decent sites available. We would stay here again.

  • Area Guides Avatar BoardGamesOnBoard
    Very Basic, but great location

    Reviewed 11/3/2018

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 1

    Site number: 29

    ​This is a big open field that’s a bit muddy at times. Sites are fairly level but not perfect. Good location very close to Raleigh. As others said, call the phone number when you arrive at Horse Gate 7 and the security guard drives out to meet you and collect your money.

  • Area Guides Avatar Michael
    Good access to the area

    Reviewed 19/11/2017

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    Nightly rate: $27

    Days stayed: 6

    Site number: 97

    This newer campground is tightly arranged the good access to the area. Art museum was less than a mile away and short distance to downtown and the airport. No table or fire pit. Reasonable wifi, 3 bars, and easy biking area.

  • Area Guides Avatar S+D
    Good location with full hookups

    Reviewed 9/4/2017

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 4

    Site number: 26

    We enjoyed the location of the fairgrounds. Morning and evening walks were nice around the grounds and surrounding neighborhood. NC State football stadium and the professional hockey stadium is across the main road which can get a bit trafficy before and after events. Wifi worked well for us. We wish they had picnic benches!

  • Area Guides Avatar Deke and Tiffani
    As far as we know, the only full hook up campground within Raleigh city limits.

    Reviewed 13/4/2016

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 2

    Site number: 17

    We live about 5 miles away from here and needed to empty our tanks, so we thought we'd make a weekend of it. It's not easy to find, make sure you look at the website and put their recommended street address into your GPS. There are 52 newer sites on the hill by Horse Gate 7, those are what you're looking for. It's run by the Fairground...moreWe live about 5 miles away from here and needed to empty our tanks, so we thought we'd make a weekend of it. It's not easy to find, make sure you look at the website and put their recommended street address into your GPS. There are 52 newer sites on the hill by Horse Gate 7, those are what you're looking for. It's run by the Fairgrounds Public Safety Dept, so you just call them when you're near, they'll tell you if there are spots free and then you call them again when you pick your spot and they come and take your cash/check/credit card. There's usually something going on at the Fairgrounds every weekend -- there was an Arabian Horse show when we went, so we spent some time checking that out. There's also an awesome flea market on Sat and Sun mornings that we go to a lot, so definitely check that out-- it's worth it. It was very quiet, and we had incredibly fast internet -- we even streamed some shows at night. Plus you'll get about 30 tv channels since you're in the city. Also, if you pay for one day, you have essentially 48 hours at the campground. We called at 9am on Sat, they said we could come anytime and we weren't required to leave until midnight on Sunday, so you don't have to worry about early check-out times!

  • Area Guides Avatar Life Rebooted
    Nothing fancy, but its location makes it a good home base for visiting Raleigh.

    Reviewed 4/12/2015

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    Nightly rate: $30

    Days stayed: 2

    This is a great RV Park to use as a "home base" while visiting Raleigh, mainly due to its location, price, and full hookups. However, there's nothing particularly interesting about the park itself: it's row after row of RV sites in a fenced-in grassy field. The sites are a bit close together, but with enough space that you're not right...moreThis is a great RV Park to use as a "home base" while visiting Raleigh, mainly due to its location, price, and full hookups. However, there's nothing particularly interesting about the park itself: it's row after row of RV sites in a fenced-in grassy field. The sites are a bit close together, but with enough space that you're not right on top of your neighbor. They don't take reservations, but you can call ahead to check availability. Once you arrive, you pick a site and call the ranger who will come by and collect payment. The free WiFi didn't work for us, but the park was quite crowded while we were there due to a college football game at the stadium across the street. Verizon and AT&T worked well. The park is dog friendly, and for longer walks you can head out to the nearby neighborhoods. There are no picnic tables or fire rings, and while trash bins are located throughout the park, there is no recycling. A very basic, but quite functional RV park in a good location. We would stay here again if visiting Raleigh. Note: the entrance is easy to miss... look for "Horse Complex Gate H".

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