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Arrival information

Arrival Information

MerleFest has been referred to as one of the best run festivals in the world. There is a reason for that. We’ve been doing this for quite sometime now and have MerleFest figured out fairly well. That being said, if you are a first timer or have been here for all 30 festivals…arriving at a huge music festival can be intimidating. Below are some directions and other helpful hints that will make MerleFest 2017 the best yet.

  • Parking is free and we provide shuttle service to and from the lots directly to the front gates of the festival.
  • There is no alcohol, smoking or drug use.
  • No pets (unless you have an approved ADA service animal).
  • Chairs and/or blankets can help with seating
  • We are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and April is a tricky month. Bring clothes for all seasons…and raingear just in case.
  • We have 13 stages and 4 days of music. Pace yourself!
  • We have ATM machines and some of our vendors offer charging stations for your phones.
  • The MerleFest app will help you plan your entire 4 days of music. Download it before you get here. It will be available in your App Store by March

Directions

Our Address: 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697

From Wilkesboro

Take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit) off US 421. Take right off exit and follow festival signs for parking.

From Winston-Salem

Drive Time: ~ 1 hour. Take Hwy 421 North toward Wilkesboro. Go approximately 50 miles and take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit) off US 421. Take left off exit and follow festival signs for parking.

From Atlanta

Drive Time: ~ 5 hours. Take I-85 North 226 miles, take the US 321 North exit, exit number 17, toward Lincolnton. Drive North about 60 miles to Lenoir. Take NC 18 North until it intersects with NC Hwy 16. Turn left at intersection. Go approximately 5 miles and get on US 421 North towards Boone. Take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit). Take left off exit and follow signs for festival parking.

From Boone & Blowing Rock

Drive Time: ~ 40 minutes. Take US 421 South for 31 miles. Take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit). Take right off exit and follow signs for festival parking.

From Charlotte

Drive Time: ~ 2 hours. Take Interstate 77 North for 72 miles, take Exit 73B onto US 421 North for 23 miles, take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit) off US 421. Take left off exit and follow festival signs for parking.

From Asheville & Tennessee

Take I-40 East until you get to Morganton. Take the Hwy. 64 exit.Take a Left on to 64 and follow the Hwy. 64 East truck route signs around Morganton. Highway 64 turns into 18 North. Follow 18 North through Lenoir. Take NC 18 North until it intersects with NC Hwy 16. Turn left at intersection. Go approximately 5 miles and get on US 421 North towards Boone. Take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit). Take left off exit and follow signs for festival parking.

From Lenoir

Drive Time: ~ 45 minutes. Take NC 18 North until it intersects with NC Hwy 16. Turn left at intersection. Go approximately 5 miles and get on US 421 North towards Boone. Take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit). Take left off exit and follow signs for festival parking.

From Virginia

Take US 77 South to US Hwy 421 North toward Wilkesboro. Go approximately 23 miles and take Exit 286B (Wilkes Community College exit) off US 421, take left off exit and follow festival signs for parking.

Some things that will help you on your journey.

Download our App (in March), Arrival Brochure and 2017 Festival Map to have with you before you even get in the car.