This is an easy on and off place to stay. We were here two weeks and found it as others stated. The sites varied from level to not so much. Ours was level and plenty long enough for a 37' fifth wheel. Security came around before we finished setting up to collect the fee. Each site has 20/30/50 amp hook ups. The water pressure was low even though the park was not full during the week. Weekends it was mostly booked because of NC State games and horse shows. Since there are no reservations, I will return on a weekday. Verizon signal was strong and satellite good with no trees to block it. Wi-fi worked for a short time in the mornings, then was mostly unavailable. It was generally quiet, and the one pep rally for the game stopped at 11:00. Other nights there was no noise. Do not attempt to get in when the game lets out. Officers block the roads for traffic to exit, and you may wait an extended period. It was our first time here, and we will return when visiting our daughter. The price was fair for full hookups, and we felt safe. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice place to stay. Although not completely scenic (not on a lake or mountains, etc), the grounds are very well kept and the lot sizes are huge and very easy to back into. Each comes with its own trash can which is emptied daily and a light post. No tables or fire pits, but you can always set up your own chairs and portable grill outside, which is just fine for our lifestyle. There are also no other amenities such as bathrooms, showers or dump station. This is also not the type of place that has long term or permanent residents. Most of the other RVs were the high end sort, making our high end 5'er look cheap and insignificant! The wifi signal we had was the best so far! It was mostly empty except for the weekend, when there was a huge football game and a horse show in town (the camping area of the fairgrounds is next to the horse area). I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second time staying here; it is a great, convenient place to stay in a city that is not particularly RV-friendly. The park is rather basic, but is clean and well-run. We feel safe here. This stay was different than our first in that there was a major Wolfpack football game this weekend and the park was completely full Friday night. Despite the fact that we were surrounded by fanatical football fans, things were fairly quiet. The game didn't end until nearly 7pm but we were able to get back to the campground around 9pm without a problem. At $25/night it's a great value; we will definitely return whenever we visit our family here. It's worth noting that there was decent free wifi although we used our Verizon 4G. Satellite signals are easy to get because there aren't any trees! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our site was pretty level with easy access for our 43 ft motorhome. There isn't a bathhouse so you need to be self contained. Wi-Fi worked most of the time. This is not a destination campground however it is in a great location if you're in the Raleigh area. There was a horse show going on the weekend we were here so the campground was almost full. No reservations, cash only, friendly staff. The campground was pretty quiet. The leash rule needs to be enforced. While walking my leashed dogs I had 4 incidences that other dogs ran up to mine. Two of the dogs scared the crap out of me. The poop clean up rule also needs to be enforced. I've never seen so many people not clean up after their dogs. Gross. Be a responsible pet owner so you don't ruin it for everyone else. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Right inside Raleigh, across from PNC arena. Level sites, crushed gravel. Trees still young, no shade, good spacing between sites. Takes cash or checks only. Good Wi-Fi most of the time, sometimes will kick you off. Dog friendly: You're inside the fairgrounds so lots of space to walk dogs. No amenities but close to city, easy to get to, and full hookups for a great price. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Spent 11 days here while visiting friends nearby. Large, easy to access sites, all back-ins but very easy to maneuver. No restrooms or showers, so you must be self-contained. Felt safe, as public safety officers always patrolling. Sites are gravel and some are fairly level, but most are not, so extra blocks are necessary. Dust was the only reason I didn't rate a 9. They did come by once with water truck, but needed to do it daily to effectively keep dust down. We will stay here again for sure! We camped here in a Motorhome.
As others have said, this is no-frills camping but it is clean, relatively level and the utilities work all for a total cost of $25 per night in a major city. I can't think of a better deal than that. The staff we interacted with were polite and pleasant. Yes, there are lights at night, but calling it "lit like a prison" is a bit of an exaggeration. Some sites may be longer than others but we had no problems finding one for our 40' MH. Considering that there are very few RV parks on the west side of Raleigh this is a great find. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground is just off Youth Center Drive. Go through gate H7 (Horse Complex), the campground is just beyond the horse complex up on a small hill. It is a bit confusing; you might want to call for exact directions. All of the roads are on packed gravel including the sites. A water truck comes by every couple of days to keep the dust down. Some of the sites are longer and more leveled then others. All of the sites are back-ins and have full hookups. The utilities are usually located in the back, some even further back then others. All sites have 20/30/50 amp electrical service. The voltage was good at about 120. The campground was fairly quiet at night. Some train noise, but they usually run during the day time. There are neither bathrooms nor showers. There is Wi-Fi, but we did not use it. Verizon air card and cell phone worked well here. This is a very good campground considering it is located within a major city. We would definitely come back here if we were in the area. Our rig is 32 feet long. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is no-frills camping. FHU sites lined up in rows with little room between. The section we were in was fairly new and not many sites were level. Whole area is lighted up at night like a prison even though it's not near any streets outside the fairgrounds. There are no amenities, no restrooms, no tables, no host. Convenient to shopping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are two campgrounds, this review is for the newer. This is a fairly clean park with occasional aircraft noise. I say fairly clean because of the large number of cigarette butts. Sites are long, narrow, near-level gravel and dirt, separated by narrow strips of grass. There are no trees, picnic tables, or fire rings. Roads are wide dirt and gravel in good condition. Staff are friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi signal is strong near the antenna, but I was unable to get online. Verizon LTE works well. There are showers somewhere in the fairgrounds complex, but they are locked. One must phone and get a staffer to open them. The entrance is on the west side of Youth Center Drive at 35.79633 -78.71773, marked Horse Complex Event Parking Only H7. Turn left at the fork, and drive 0.3 miles to the entrance on the left. Pick a site, phone the number on the sign, and someone will come out to take your payment, cash or check. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were happy with our stay here. The park is very large with hundreds of sites. It only fills up for the state fair. There is no shade and no real amenities. We liked it because it was very convenient to our family and every thing we wanted to do in Raleigh. There are not many campgrounds in Raleigh, and this one is the most centrally located. The park is extremely well maintained by the fairgrounds staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here while attending a bluegrass music conference in Raleigh, so the rate might reflect a fee negotiated for conference attendees. The fairgrounds recently completed this phase of the campground with plans to double the size in the next few years. They also plan to add bath houses in the next year. Sites are level, stone pads. Interior roads are gravel, and plenty wide and easy to navigate. Wi-Fi signal was reasonably strong, even toward the back where we stayed. The back half of the sites have different water connections than the front half. We had an issue maintaining water pressure and ended up having to scab off the site next to us. Also, the electric went out numerous times during our week-long stay, which was a bit worrisome. They apologized for the interruption, and it always came back on soon, but still something they need to address. Campground locations in Raleigh are somewhat limited, so this seemed to be the best option for us. We'll certainly stay here again, hoping they can address the electrical and water issues. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites were mostly level, good utilities but no amenities such as tables, fire rings, bathhouse etc. It is centrally located to activities in the Raleigh/Cary area. For the price, it was adequate. You call the fairgrounds security office and they will take you to the site, collect the fees, etc. Would stay again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A hidden gem in Raleigh! If your passing through or planning on staying for a while, this is an excellent place to stay. You'll need a full service rig though as they have no bathrooms or shower houses. They have many hook ups / locations, however recommend staying in the newer location near the Horse center. Also, recommend calling security (number on web site) when you arrive and they can escort you back. Very reasonably priced for a full hook up, and centrally located to anything in Raleigh. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an ideal spot for a stay in Raleigh. Very easy access from I-440. We stayed in the new campground in the equestrian center area. Just call security at 919-612-6767 when you arrive and they will take you to in. Shade trees have been planted, but are not mature enough to provide much shade yet. Level sites, good 50amp service, water, and sewer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have stayed here many times. There are actually a few camping areas as part of the fairgrounds. The main fairground area has sites on the north side (Trinity Rd), northeast (Trinity Rd/Blue Ridge Rd), and west (Youth Center Drive) and behind James Hunt Horse Complex (Youth Center Dr). The Horse Complex sites are new and nice. The Trinity Rd sites are just a few along the fence (outside the fence) and you can pull-through. The west sites are inside the fence and fairly uneven but okay. The northeast corner is inside the fence and are pretty nice too. When you arrive find a spot and call the NC Fairgrounds security folks. The number is on the fence at the horse complex or you can wait until the security person comes around. As far as I know the Horse Complex is open 24hrs. The other area gates are locked late and you will enter and exit through the main gate on Blue Ridge Rd. The only major drawback about this place would be the dirt roads. The entrance to the Horse Complex on Youth Center Rd behind the Horse Complex. The Horse Complex has no bathrooms but the main fairground's bathrooms are located in the middle of the fairground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are being remodeled by section, only back-in but there is room. We stayed in the section above the horses, no one was in the row across from us. If there had been, it would have been a struggle to back in and pull out. The grass had not grown in our section yet, the other was very nice and well maintained. Had water, electric, sewer; 4G on Sprint MiFi; Sprint cell service was good, no trees so satellite was excellent. Sworn Police Officers take care of the Park, assigning spots, parking people, collecting cash or check (only). No reservations, first come, first serve. Definitely call before going to check availability and ask what gate to go in. We had to turn around twice and the gate people had no idea how much room we needed to do so. Very quiet, close to restaurants & shopping. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed in the newer area above the horse center. As others have stated, the area can be dusty and the sites could be more level. But it's fine for an overnight or if you need to be in Raleigh for other activities. More sites are being added to this area, about doubling its capacity when completed. A couple of points worth mentioning: 1) The entrance to this particular camping area is actually on Youth Center Road, I believe it was gate H7. The website gives the impression the entrance is H3 on Trinity Road, this is NOT correct. 2) Be aware that the fairgrounds are directly across the street from the NC State football stadium. You should find out if there is a home football game scheduled for the day of your arrival or departure. You don't want to be pulling in or out anywhere near kick off time or when the game is over. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed in a newer area near the horse stalls (but not too close) which is an open pasture. Roads are wide, gravel and pretty dusty, but controllable by traffic. Our site was level, 45' long, but not too wide with some gravel and grass. There are some un-level sites and no facilities other than the FH utilities in this section. Wi-Fi worked for me, but you will need an external adapter. There are about 40 sites, but like other Fair Grounds, hundreds of sites scattered around the grounds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very helpful staff. We called to get instructions, and they came out to guide us to the RV sites. We camped in the new section up on top of a hill. There are about 50 sites, all with good electric, water, and sewer. We like the area and the campgrounds. We camped here for 10 days We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the newer area by the horse arena. For $25 (we were told cash only) we got steady 50 amp service, water (pressure is very low) and sewer hook up. Most sites are extremely unlevel. We saw trailers and fifth wheels with their tongue on the ground and rear in the air trying to get level. Obviously whoever built/designed the area was not an RVer. The roads, made from large pieces of crushed rock, are very dusty. You need to be self-contained as there are no bathrooms/showers. No trees so satellite reception is good but it will be hot in the summer. There is no Wi-Fi signal available. Security personnel are nice, helpful and patrol the area frequently. There is absolutely nothing for kids (no playground, no pool, nothing) unless there is an event at the fairgrounds. No reservations available and this is a busy place on the weekends, so don’t expect to find a space available when there are big events. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed here two nights while exploring Raleigh. Had to hunt someone down for check in, but we discovered that someone is available at the phone number shown 24 hours a day, so you can check in any time you want. You call the phone number, they tell you to pick the site you want and they will come collect payment later. Cash or personal checks only. Great TV reception if you use an antenna. Great Verizon Air Card reception on 4G. Only bad thing is this is basically a parking lot with hookups. The hookups are side by side, if you take one side, the connections are on the correct side, but if you take the other side, the connections will be on the wrong side of your RV. Sites were not very level. But if you just want to explore Raleigh, this will work. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is located in Raleigh, NC, and is easy to access from I-40. There are several sections of RV parking on the NC State Fair grounds. We stayed in the new section near the horse center. The sites are good sized, fairly level, with a gravel base. This section is new and the grass was still pretty sparse. The Safety Office (located at gate 11) manages the park and collects fees (cash or check only); however, there are no reservations. We stayed here about 3 weeks, although permission is required for stays longer than one week and may not be possible during large events (especially the State Fair in the fall). The section we were in had about 50 spaces and while we were here the occupancy ranged from 3 to 20 RVs. Security is excellent since the Safety Officers patrol the park almost hourly. The officers were very helpful and friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The State Fairgrounds has recently opened a whole brand new camping area. It is on a hill behind the Horse Complex. This area is all 50 amp, full hookups with posts that light up at night all around the area. All sites are back in. It is a work in progress as they are planning on adding more sites. It is secure and patrolled 24-7. Sites are fairly level with gravel pads. New grass has been sown in between the campsites. We stayed here while some renovations were being done on our home and cannot say enough good things about it! The area is private and there is plenty of room to walk pets. Security promotes advertising of this area and would like to see more use of it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For $25 per night, you get power, water, sewer, decent Wi-Fi (until somebody sets up beside you with their own and kills the fairground's signal), and the comfort of constantly-patrolling security officers who are incredibly nice. You also get choking dust, un-level sites, absolutely no room to put your awning out when there is an event going on, and no rules about leashing or picking up after dogs. If being in Raleigh is a necessity, as it often is for us, the NC State Fairgrounds is the best option in the area, but that’s not saying much. All 50-amp sites are extremely un-level. We spent one night teetering on stacks of leveling blocks at the “tanker lot” on the corner of Hillsboro and Youth Center Road. The next morning, we moved down to the Hunt Horse Complex where we had our pick of sites, but none of them were remotely level either. This place is run by the NC Department of Agriculture! Surely they have a spare tractor they could use to grade these sites! We’ll be back, but only because the only other full hookup choice in Raleigh, behind the Winnebago dealership, is even more un-level and feels really unsafe. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As previous reviews have said, the 50 amp sites are not level, expect to use leveling blocks in addition to your jacks. The road is dusty and there's no shade trees. The 30 amp sites are better, having some trees. Gate 11 on Blue Ridge Rd is always open, however the CG is all the way in the rear and hard to get to on weekends as events are ongoing. The gates off Hillsborough St and Youth Center drive are also usually open and easier to get to the CG. We have stayed here several times as it is a convenient place to stay if visiting the city or area. Self park and security will come around to collect the fees. Be careful with the fee sticker as they want to place it on your coach, even on the fiberglass or plastic, very hard to remove. They will let you put the fee receipt and sticker on the inside of your windshield if you ask. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has very good electrical service. The 50 amp sites are not level and the pad area is not hard packed. Water pressure is low. This is definitely not a resort and not kid friendly. However, considering there are not any nice parks in the Raleigh area, it is a very good place to stay if you have people to see and places to go in the area. The location is very convenient. There are always events taking place in the fairgrounds that may be of interest. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good for overnight stops or tail-gating for an NC State game. Safe and secure areas available for RV's: are flat and properly equipped. If it rains it is a mud-hole, but it dries out quickly. We are here for an extended stay out of need not want. State parks north and south are a better bet if you do not need to be close to town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very close to attractions in Raleigh and shows going on at fair grounds. Can get real muddy during wet weather. Would not recommend staying here for anything other than shows taking place at fairgrounds and you are going to attend or work show. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is nothing special except for location. They are one of the few in Raleigh and they take good care of you. There is a Flea Market on Saturday and other events keep you occupied. The grounds are safe and a fun walk. Stay between gates 4 and 5 for some shade. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are full hook up sites available. I stayed here as part of a business trip. It is basically a place to park with hookups; there are no other amenities. When I was there a dog show was in progress in the Fair facilities and a new car show was leaving. I don't think there is an on site office. The grounds has a police force who collect fees and police the area. I called ahead and was told there was no problem getting a site, but the nights I was there the place was pretty full. You may want to check the activities calendar for the Fair. If I am working or have some activity in the Raleigh area I would stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.