Parking is probably the least fun part about the N.C. State Fair.
Fair officials have offered some quick tips to get you there faster.
The free parking lot at 4501 Reedy Creek Road was expanded this year to now accommodate over 4,000 cars. This lot is free, and a free shuttle is offered straight to the Trinity Road Pedestrian Tunnel. Hours for the lot and shuttle begin at 8 a.m. and the last shuttle back to the Reedy Creek Lot leaves one hour after gates close.
Speaking of the Trinity Road Pedestrian Tunnel, you can now walk under Trinity Road to avoid stopping for vehicular traffic and speed walk your way from the Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena Lots straight to Gate 8.
Want someone else to handle the transportation for you? Visit the State Fair’s website to click through to the Park & Ride Info and catch a ride with GoRaleigh, GoDurham or GoTriangle. Dates, times and routes are on the website.
Uber or Lyft more your style? Your drop off and pick-up should be at the Gate 1 Transit Lot at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street.
If you need to drop off or pick up your kids, the safest lot is also the Gate 1 Transit Lot at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street.
Need access to the handicap accessible lot? Make sure you enter off Blue Ridge Road. Don’t fret if it’s full. Head over to the accessible lot at Carter-Finley Stadium and you can head right under the Trinity Road Pedestrian Tunnel.
For a real adventure, visit via North Carolina’s AMTRAK with a special stop right outside Gate 1 from today through Oct. 21. When booking, the station code is NSF.
Don’t forget! Reedy Creek, Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena (except during events they have scheduled) all have free parking for fairgoers. Parking at local businesses and along the highway could get you towed, so park safely and smartly.
Do you need a scooter or wheelchair rental? Those are available at Gates 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10.
For more information, visit the N.C. State Fair website at www.ncstatefair.org.