Don't Pass Us By!

    A little boy camping at the lake at Howell Woods, Four Oaks, NC.Johnston County is a destination located "just outside the city", only 30 minutes east of Raleigh, and convenient for visitors traveling through NC at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40! Be sure to #VisitJoCo!

    Our rich history, outlet shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets, recreationagritourism, and emerging culinary scene are just a few reasons to stop and stay a while...don't pass us by! 

    Make plans for a weekend trip to experience all we have to offer. Book a hotel stay, camping trip, or alternative lodging arrangements...we've got something for everyone!


    Outdoor Recreation Gear Guide

    A little girl out of the lake while smiling at her mom at Howell Woods.

    If you were at all like us over the last few years, you decided it was a perfect time to enjoy more of the great outdoors. But now that you’ve bought new recreational gear to embrace your outdoorsy lifestyle, where are the best places in JoCo to utilize them? Find outdoor recreation assets and hidden gems throughout the area... READ MORE

    Ava Gardner Festival Updates

    Ava Gardner in a glamour shot.

    The Ava Gardner Museum is in a state of excitement as they kick-off Ava’s centennial birthday this year and next. “Ava 100” is in full swing, including upcoming special events tying into the Ava Gardner Festival weekend October 7-9.... READ MORE

    Redneck BBQ Lab Empire Expands

    Exterior shot of the Redneck BBQ Lab restaurant in Benson, NC.

    For going on five years now, the Redneck BBQ Lab has become a can’t-miss Johnston County experience that residents, regional visitors, and drivers up and down both I-95 and I-40 come back to again and again. Its world championship winning barbeque has something for everyone... READ MORE

    Fall Festivals & Events

    Mule Days Cowboy, Benson, NC.

    Autumn is an excellent time of year to explore Johnston County. Starting in September, visitors and locals will find many unique festivals to enjoy and several that honor JoCo’s agricultural heritage... READ MORE

    This Week's Calendar of Events



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