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The Wilkes Family YMCA is proud to be your home for Merlefest, whether you camp at the YMCA or you stay at Rivers Edge! Shuttle transportation to the festival is available from both the Y and Rivers Edge campground.

The YMCA is glad to add the Corner Lot Campers to our crew this year. This is the lot at the corner of YMCA Blvd and Industrial Blvd formerly operated by Northwestern Roofing Company. When registering online (link below under YMCA Camping), please choose Potential Member at registration.

April 27-30, 2023

Rivers Edge

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2023 Rivers Edge Pop Up/Tear Drop/Van Camper (Check-out by 9am Monday)

2023 Rivers Edge RV and Pull Behind Camper (OVER 25 feet, Check-out by 9am Monday)

2023 Rivers Edge RV and Pull Behind Camper (up to 25 feet, Check-out by 9am Monday)

2023 Rivers Edge Tent Only Site (Check-out by 9am Monday)

Rivers Edge camping dates: Wednesday, April 26 at Noon until Monday, May 1st at 9:00am. 

Rivers Edge Camping fees:
Tents: $95
Pop up: $130
RV: $160

YMCA Camping

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2023 YMCA Camping CAMPERS site rental - Th/Fri/Sat

2023 YMCA Camping FIRE RING site rental - Th/Fri/Sat

2023 YMCA Camping TENT site rental - Th/Fri/Sat

2023 Merlefest Add'l Night WEDNESDAY NIGHT

2023 Merlefest Add'l Night SUNDAY NIGHT

2023 Merlefest Corner Lot Wed/Th/Fri/Sat

YMCA Camping dates: Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30. Wednesday $35 additional night; Sunday, $35 additional night

Tent Camping: 120
Fire ring sites: $140
Campers $160

YMCA Campers have their choice of a pop up camper site (15 total), a campfire site (with a fire ring - 25 total) or a regular campsite. 

All Y campers have access to the full YMCA facility during our operating hours and access to showers outside of operating hours on Saturday morning from 7:00-8:00am before we open and Sunday from 7:00am-1:00pm before we open. 

Contact Caroline Whitson at or 336 838 3991.

Travel directions to the YMCA Merlefest Campground

Rivers Edge Campground is located along the beautiful Yadkin River at the Rivers Edge sports complex. There are over 300 primitive sites available for anything from a tent, to a pop up camper, to a tear drop camper, to a 40 foot RV.

There is limited water access and no power, with the exception of power available to campers without a generator, in need of access for medical reasons. 

There are water hydrants throughout the complex for sharing of water, port-a-jons and a shower trailer available for showers at $5 each from Thursday at noon until Sunday at Noon. Rivers Edge campers can purchase a YMCA shower band to get access to YMCA showers for $35. 

When registration opens, click here to register for 2023 Merlefest YMCA Shower Band.

Refunds are only available if we have a waiting list, WCC cancels the festival, or documentation can be provided to for consideration.

For questions, email

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