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Where to park at the State Fair

Posted October 15, 2014

The North Carolina State Fair crams a lot of fun onto 344 acres in west Raleigh, but getting there can be a challenge.

Those headed to the State Fairgrounds should be prepared for heavy traffic in the area when the fair opens at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Free parking is available on fairgrounds property as well as lots at Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena. But those lots fill up quickly.

Fair manager Wesley Wyatt says the best way to enjoy the fair is to leave the driving to somebody else.

“We're still encouraging mass transit, we have dedicated bus parking, bus drop-off points for the public, so mass transit is definitely the easiest and least stressful way to get to the fair,” Wyatt said.

The fair also has several new park-and-ride locations around the Triangle, and Amtrak has a special train stop at the fairgrounds.

One of the busiest intersections is Hillsborough Street at Blue Ridge Road, which includes a complicated railroad crossing.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a plan to run Blue Ridge Road under the railroad and Hillsborough Street. But that project is at least five years away.

“That will certainly help traffic movement around here. Not just during the fair but year-round,” Wyatt said.


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  • bossman54 Oct 16, 2014

    Been doing Park and Ride for years. No traffic hassles or parking headaches.

  • Duke1977 Oct 16, 2014

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    , actually I was thinking of the grassy field at the southwest corner of Edwards Mill and Reedy Creek

  • Bill of Rights Oct 16, 2014

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  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 16, 2014

    I will be parking at my house and not getting anywhere close to that place.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Oct 16, 2014
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    I believe you're thinking of the parking at PNC Arena mentioned in the article. I did that myself, and it worked out great! Buses continually picked up around the perimeter of the arena parking lots.

  • iopsyc Oct 16, 2014

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    It's most likely not mentioned because the vast majority of people will drive.

    I agree that it would be nice for them to provide information on bicycle facilities, but it may be best to run that as a separate piece.

  • LocalYokel Oct 16, 2014

    Why did the article not mention the bicycle option for travel to the state fair including info on location of bike racks or bike valet parking!

    Is it because its not safe to bike in Raleigh due to poor transportation infrastructure and lack of public safety?

    Is it because some (regressive) people do not view bikes as valid forms of transportation?

  • Duke1977 Oct 15, 2014

    Last year there was a free lot on Edwards Mill Rd with free bus service from there to the main gate. I don't see that mentioned in the story or the links. Is that still an option?

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 15, 2014

    I have the best parking space available anywhere. It is under my own carport.