MerleFest Camping

Come stay with us for MerleFest and celebrate great music here in Wilkes County April 25-28!

Exciting news: we now have online registration for Merlefest! Register online here:
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Rivers Edge
YMCA Camping sites

The Wilkes Family YMCA upgraded our locker rooms in 2017, so please join us to enjoy the larger lockers and upgraded flooring!

We will have 10 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.

Contact information for Merlefest is Andrea Vestal. Email is or call 336-838-3991 ext. 6659.

We look forward to seeing you for Merlefest!

General Information

Registration Form

Our Neighborhood

Area Links

Proceeds from Merlefest camping allow us to do facility upgrades like the locker room renovation which you will enjoy this year.  We appreciate you choosing us for your home for Merlefest.

The Wilkes Family YMCA Campground is located at the end of Rivers Edge Park, convenient to both the Blue Lot and the Merlefest Music Festival. We have 100 camping sites which include 70 regular tent sites, 25 campfire sites and 10 pop-up sites.

We allow one tent and one vehicle per site.

Each camp site includes hot showers, regular shuttles to the Wilkes Community College campus and an outdoor restroom/picnic complex. We are a family oriented campground. No drugs, no alcohol and no animals are permitted. There will be a night security guard on duty from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., and the Wilkesboro NC Police Department will make daily rounds. Campfires are allowed only in designated areas. Please note that you may not be allowed to have a campfire if a burning ban is in effect during the Merlefest festival weekend.

The Merlefest festival site is easily accessible from the campground by bicycle and can be walked in less than fifteen minutes. Shuttle buses run throughout the day and evening from the Blue Lot to the main Merlefest entrance.

As a YMCA MerleFest Camper, you will be allowed to use the entire facility during regular operating hours: Thursday 5:00am-9:00pm, Friday 5:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 7:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. (Only Showers will be available on Sunday from 7:00am–1:00pm.) The facility includes: hot showers, fitness center, two indoor heated swimming pools, gymnasium, indoor track, two racquetball courts, steam room, whirlpool and sauna.

Contact Us

For information call the YMCA office at (336) 838-3991 and ask to speak Andrea Vestal.

Merlefest Camping Registration Form

Merlefest Camping Waiver

Camping At Merlefest General Information

Camping Rules To Remember

Travel Directions To The YMCA Merlefest Campground