Merlefest draws enormous crowds to Wilkesboro, N.C.,, so finding a place to stay overnight can be difficult, the News Herald reported. That’s why many people turn to a variety of campgrounds to get as close as they can to the annual festival.

MerleFest 2016 takes place April 28 to May 1 in Wilkesboro on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

Festival camping runs from the primitive to the luxurious. There are some open-field sites near the college that are purely primitive. No water, no restrooms.

Others have full RV hookups. And there’s everything in between. No matter what your comfort level, you can find a suitable site. But it’s a good idea to book ahead of time to grab a place at many of the privately owned campgrounds. There are a lot of repeat visitors for Merlefest.

It’s easy to be taken in by the scenery and all the recreational opportunities in the Wilkesboro area. Fort Hamby itself has hiking trails and water recreation. There are places such as Rendezvous Mountain State Park that have incredible vistas, picnic areas, hiking, and several restored historic buildings.

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