MerleFest Camping

The Wilkes Family YMCA is proud to be your home for Merlefest, whether you camp at the YMCA or stay at the Rivers Edge Campground.

We remain hopeful Merlefest 2021 will happen. Dates are set for September 16-19, 2021.

The Y will follow the schedule of Wilkes Community College ticket sales for opening camping reservations. Currently ticket sales are set to start June 10, so we will open camping reservations at that time. Follow for more details from Wilkes Community Colllege.

If you were registered for Merlefest 2020 and carried your Camping over, your reservation will be good for these dates.

To register click below:
Rivers Edge Camping
YMCA Camping

For any questions, please contact Caroline Whitson at

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YMCA Camping

We will have 15 preassigned pop-up camper sites this year so it is important to register early to ensure your pop-up camper site. We continue to have 25 campfire sites and 70 regular campsites.

YMCA Camping Pricing:

June 10-July 15 $100 (Campfire $110)
July 16-August 15 $120 (Campfire $130)
August 16-September 17 $150 (Campfire $160)
Extra night (Wednesday or Sunday) $30 per day

Contact information for YMCA Camping during Merlefest is Becky Shultz, or 336 838 3991 ext. 6659.

We look forward to seeing you for Merlefest!

YMCA Camping Registration

YMCA Camping General Information

YMCA Camping Rules To Remember

Travel Directions to the YMCA Merlefest Campground

Rivers Edge Camping

Rivers Edge Campground is located along the beautiful Yadkin River at the Rivers Edge sports complex. There are over 300 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. All Rivers Edge campers should use YMCA Boulevard, NOT STOKES STREET, to access the Rivers Edge Campground. (YMCA Boulevard is 1/4 mile from Stokes Street on the right)

Rivers Edge Camping Pricing:

Tent site/van $85
Pop up camper $120
RV camper/Travel Trailer up to 40 feet only $150

When registering for an RV/travel trailer site, please register for either 25 feet+ or less than 25 feet. Contact information for Rivers Edge Camping during Merlefest is Caroline Whitson, or 336 838 3991 ext. 6653.

Rivers Edge Camping Registration

Rivers Edge Information

Travel Directions to the YMCA Merlefest Campground

Merlefest Camping Waiver

Camping At Merlefest General Information